Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Contemporary, Family Drama.
Publication : February 28th 2012 by Premier Digital Publishing.
Mary's older sister, Gwen, has royally screwed up her life. Not only is Gwen pregnant at seventeen, but she's also decided to marry The Creep who knocked her up.
Now Mary is powerless to stop her family from imploding. Her parents are freaking out, and to top it off The Creep has a gross fascination with Mary while Gwen enjoys teasing her to tears for sport.
Despite her brother's advice to shut up, Mary can't keep her trap closed and manages to piss off Mom so much it comes to blows.
Mary doesn't know what to do, and all her attempts to get help are rejected. When she finally plans her escape, she fails to consider how it could destroy them all.
I'm kind of a fussy reader. I can usually relate only to certain writing styles (preferably from a first person's point of view) and a lot of times, I've found myself not being able to engross mysel in a novel because the writing doesn't appeal to me. To make things worse, I've been going through a reading slump and the past two weeks, I haven't been reading as much as I usually do. However, once I started reading Shut Up, I was relieved.
For a book that seemed so short at first, Shut Up really managed to get the point across. It's one of the rare books that can pull you in and make you feel a whole range of emotions in just a few pages. It was exactly what I needed to wake me up from my slump.
Mary's our protagonist: a girl who gets picked on at school and bullied at home. She has an evil witch for a sister and utterly careless parents. Paul, Mary's brother, constantly tells her to shut up through all the crap that gets handed to her but she can't take it anymore and obviously, stuff hits the fan in their household. Repeatedly. Her life is basically hell and not surprisingly, she tries to run away from home..and that pretty much leads to chaos.
It's amazing how Anne managed to create such a strong and story character in just around 100 pages. I'm not sure if I should applaud this book for its intensity or judge it for drama but it's honestly remarkable. Mary and Paul had my complete and total sympathy, I was silently fuming on their behalf throughout the novel.
Shut Up may be small but regardless of it's size, it's a highly deep and compelling story that will definitely take you on an emotional roller-coaster.
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