Genre: Young adult, mental illness
Year Of Publication: 1st April 2017
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Pages: 384 ( Paperback )
My rating: 5/5
“……unfortunately words aren’t magic…..Words can’t make Actual Miracles happen.Sometimes words just don’t do anything at all.Sometimes they don’t even matter.”
Rosalind Banks is eleven and suffers from Selective Mutism. She strives to be “normal” so she can stop being “Officially Weird”- but that’s not an easy thing to do,considering she can’t speak in front of people (whenever she builds up the nerve to do so, her words disappear completely or become a “Massive Muddle” in her head and she can’t seem to make herself speak).
This makes her a social pariah at her new school (Manor High) and she gets bullied -not just verbally but physically as well. Her outrage against the bullies inspires her to start an anonymous blog with the help of her brother; Seb , called “Miss Nobody”.
Thus, begins a journey of vigilante justice and bully-shaming ,but soon things spiral out of control and Miss Nobody seems to be at the centre of it all.
What happens when the moral police becomes an accessory to bullying?
How far is too far when taking matters into your own hands?
And ,is relying on social media an effective way to solve your problems or does it only add to them?
These are some of the important questions raised in this book.
I absolutely loved reading “Being Miss Nobody”.This was the second book I’ve read about Selective Mutism (“What I couldn’t tell you” by Faye Bird being the first) and it did an excellent job in describing the many challenges faced by individuals who suffer from SM and how they learn to cope with it.
Rosalind (a.k.a. Roz) is lonely and miserable at her new school.She is constantly bullied and can’t tell her parents about it because they’re busy taking care of her brother (Seb) who has cancer.Soon she starts an anonymous blog and calls out the bullies who make the “nobody’s” life a living hell. Amidst the death threats and the fear of her secret identity being found out, she finds a friend in Ailsa- who stands by her side (through all the name-calling and the staring) and encourages her to be herself. Her brother “Super Seb” is a ray of sunshine (with all his poo jokes and tornadoe-wees….) and cheers her on; even though he himself is doing poorly.
This book shows us the power of friendship.
How having even one friend can make a difference.How we’re all important no matter how insignificant we may feel at times.
And most importantly, it outlines the power of speaking out.How our words hold power to cause change-for better or for worse.
It also portrays the power of the internet.How it’s an emotional shortcut;while that may be advantageous it also has it’s downfalls -it makes us internalise our emotions and instead of learning to deal with them today we put them aside to be dealt with later on.
This book was definitely an emotional rollercoaster-we experience the highs and the lows along with Rosalind as she learns from her mistakes and owes up to them.An overall heartwarming read, I can’t wait for Tamsin Winter’s new book which comes out in 2018.
So keep an eye out for that! ( Because I know I will ).
*I was sent this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
*If you live in Pakistan you can order this book from http://www.libertybooks.com