We’re Done by Judy Irwin
Length: Short Story (90 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 10+
Rated: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Snapdragon
What if it turns out that YOU’RE the bully – and you didn’t know it?
Things aren’t going very well for thirteen-year-old Luke Mitchell. He’s been kicked out of his posh private school, Heyworth Academy; his best friend Jon has just dumped him; and the tough guys at his new school have chosen him for their next target.
For a guy who used to be the king of the campus, it’s hard to adjust. His upside-down world at Carlyle gives Luke a whole new way of looking at things. Can he recover from losing his school and his best friend, and find new friends and a way to fit in at Carlyle?
Luke Mitchell sees himself as a funny guy. Really funny – and he’s quite sure other people find him funny as well. He’s also star athlete at Heyworth Academy; a top swimmer, and captain of the soccer team. What’s not to like?
We realize, long before he does, that he’d be described somewhat differently than he thinks of himself. Even his friends know he’s a jerk, how come he doesn’t?
Irwin’s character Luke isn’t really all that likeable right off the bat, but… somehow, we readers can’t quite stop ourselves from reading more. He’s one of those rare main characters who we don’t want to like – yet – we know something is going to happen to him and we can not stop reading.
No spoilers here: stuff does happen to Luke, more stuff than you might guess, but he sure didn’t see coming.
This is high school, and everything matters. Friends matters, your parents matter, and it seems like everyone else has more control of your life than you do. Its realistic and sometimes painful, with humorous moments and then also the moments that you have to acknowledge just aren’t funny. People can be shallow and also, just plain mean.
We’re Done takes on some big questions, like what it means to be a friend – and what it feels like to lose a friend. Consequences figure pretty enormously here, and in spite of it all, you do kind of start feeling for Luke. Fitting in can be tough for anyone – even a tough guy. Not everyone has his view of humor… and we wonder, constantly, if he ever will consider looking at things from a different perspective.
This book will make you think; but don’t read it because of that. Read it because Luke could be a guy in class, a brother of yours, or some other kid in class. You might know a Luke, or you might be surprised by looking at the world through his eyes. Well done.