The Red Sheet

Mia Kerick
Harmony Ink Press (2014)
ISBN 9781627987219
Reviewed by Arianna Violante (age 20) for Reader Views (01/15)

"The Red Sheet" by Mia Kerick chronicles the sudden change of high school junior Bryan Dennison, who goes from being a mean bully to a compassionate and kind young man. He doesn't remember his motivations for being such an aggressive and insecure person and falls head over heels for Scott Becket, one of his former victims. Despite Bryan’s genuine attempts of getting to know Scott, Scott has no interest in Bryan. Bryan becomes obsessed with proving to Scott, and everyone else, that he has truly changed. Written from the perspective of Bryan, we see his life and transformation through his eyes and experience with him how his life begins to unfold in front of him.

“The Red Sheet” is a novel about bullying, compassion, love, and redemption. Readers will love Bryan’s genuineness, his self-assured personality, and his courage as he turns over a new leaf and attempts to make amends with friends, family, and strangers. I found this novel to be incredibly relevant to our times, with suicide rates soaring among young boys, both victims of bullying and being gay. While it might be controversial for some, I think that everyone should give “The Red Sheet” a shot; it teaches our boys what the real definition of a man is, and that being kind and compassionate are manly attributes as well. Well written, highly relatable, and realistic, readers will be enthralled by Bryan and his transformation, the evocative message of the book, and will provoke them to think of their own lives and trials.

I highly recommend this book to all adults, both young and old, and think “The Red Sheet” by Mia Kerick will encourage conversation about being comfortable and confident with who you are, bullying, love, forgiveness, kindness and compassion in today’s modern world. You will not be able to put this book down once started!

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