BFF: A Story About Bullycide by Lindsey G. P. Bell

BFF: A Story About Bullycide by Lindsey G. P. Bell
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Rose

Thirteen-year-old Abby and her father have just moved from a leaky old sailboat in California to an inherited mansion in South Carolina, and Abby does not fit in. This is the story of the summer adventures she shares with new best friend, Hollis, and two boys from their class rescuing an injured heron. But when school begins, Abby is shocked to learn that Hollis is a bullied outcast…who, pushed to the limit, takes her own life—a phenomenon known as bullycide. BFF attempts to portray the loss felt by those left behind.

This book deals with suicide, which may be triggering for some readers.

This book is so touching and, unfortunately, so important and needful in this time. There is so much to love about it. The characters are wonderfully drawn, and the friendships portrayed reminded me of friendships I had when I was growing up.

While I wish we had found out more about Abby’s mom and, possibly, had a little closure there (I was left feeling incomplete with that), I am glad that Abby’s dad was there for her… all the time and in all the ways. And, it was a learning experience to find out about her grandparents. The small town south…especially during the time setting of the book… was probably pretty accurate in the descriptions of how a lot of people felt about differences. I also wish we had found out more about Hollis’ background and family. I was left with a lot of questions.

Even with that, though, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even with the tragic ending. I was completely drawn into the story and was returned to my own childhood. I am looking forward to reading more by this author. I loved her voice.

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Tammi Laney says

    It is very important to spread awareness about bullying.

  3. Never mind about the comment of mine above, I figured out hoe to pin it to one of my boards. Sorry 🙂

  4. Michele Soyer says

    I must buy this book for my grandson and granddaughter…

  5. Thank you, Rose, for reading BFF: A Story About Bullycide, hosting it on your beautiful site, and for the constructive review! ♥️♥️♥️ I’m toying with the notion of penning a companion book–from Lexie’s POV–and will incorporate your feedback. All Great Things, Lindsey

  6. Eva Millien says

    I enjoyed following the tour, Lindsey, and learning about BFF: A Story About Bullycide, which sounds like an exceptional book for young people to read, today! Good luck with your book and I hope the tour was a success! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Rose, for sharing your review! Have a great day!

    • Hi Eva!
      Thank you so much for following my tour :^) :^) :^). It’s been fun seeing your name along the way?. May the rest of 2022 bring you good fun, great literature, and even better friends.
      All Great Things,

  7. Bea LaRocca says

    Thank you for sharing your review of BFF: A Story About Bullycide, this sounds like such a powerful story that I need to share with my grandchildren

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