Book review: Hate Mail

Book review: Hate Mail

LiQ_Mag_Dec_2014This book review first appeared in the December 2014 issue of Life in Québec Magazine.

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Hate Mail
By Monique Polak
ISBN: 9781459807754
Price: $9.95
Published by Orca Book Publishers

This book gives us a look into the world of tenth-grader Jodie, who has a cousin, Todd, who has autism. The difficulties and emotional suffering that all the characters endure show how cruel our society can be toward people who are different.

It illustrates how much society can judge the weaker.

Yet, Hate Mail demonstrates the power of sticking together. Everyone around Todd and Jodie learns that we all have strengths and weaknesses, and that we mustn’t judge people for their weaknesses but celebrate and appreciate everyone’s talents.

Hate Mail, by Montreal author Monique Polak, was written with the help of English students at Riverdale High School in Pierrefonds.

Hate Mail and Straight Punch, another YA novel Polak had published earlier this year, have earned her a double nomination in the Children’s and Young Adult category as part of the 2014 Quebec Writers’ Federation’s QWF Awards.

LiQ_Mag_Abonnez-vousOverall, I appreciated the book as a whole but more particularly the fact that with Jodie as the narrator, we were able to see Todd’s personal growth and character development more clearly than if the story had been told from Todd’s own point of view.

Review by Zoé Spychka

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About Author

Zoé Spychka

Zoé was born in Quebec City and is currently studying in a French high school. She enjoys anything artistic (such as drawing, painting and writing) as well as karate. Zoé aspires to work in the field of graphic design or psychology.

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