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Don't follow your heart, your heart lies. Have a heart and use your brain!
Reviewed in the United States on December 4, 2017
I don’t do this for a lot of books, but I felt called to do it for this one. I really like the story. I like how the kids wrestled with what to do. I like how they stood up for one another. I like how they realized they needed to take responsibility for their actions. What I don’t like is the conclusion they arrived at. Cheating was never their best option. Standing up for what they believed, protesting, banding together to accomplish a common goal would have been noble efforts. The last two chapters concluded with the concepts of following your heart and destiny. Following your heart is a recipe for disaster. Our hearts lie all the time, and we need to teach kids to have hearts, but to think with their brains. I also want to let my children know that it is not their destiny to cheat. This is a great story! I really enjoyed it. Buyea’s conclusion changed a wonderful realistic fiction story into a fairy tale for me. I will have this book on my shelf, but it will come with an addendum of my own rebutting the ideas of following your heart to your destiny. I hope my students and my own children have a much more solid footing than that.