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Diary of a Witness by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Diary of a Witness

by Catherine Ryan Hyde

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Very interesting book about two boys being bullied in school. Parts of the story are very slow, mostly the details about fishing. But it was well-written, and the progression really allows suspense to build. The ending was a great resolution for me, and seemed completely believable. ( )
  howifeelaboutbooks | Nov 4, 2015 |
Quick read about bullying. ( )
  WarriorLibrary | May 17, 2011 |
A good book that takes an in-depth, close to home look at bullying and the consequences told from the perspective of his best friend. Suspense builds partway through the book to the shocking ending. ( )
  SLeeD | Mar 31, 2011 |
Once again, Catherine Ryan Hyde has illustrated the emotional depth a YA novel can showcase. Although the narrator, Ernie, does all the right things at all the right times, he is somehow saved from operating as a two dimensional figure. On the contrary, he is so sympathetic and broken and normal that even his most heroic actions don't render him a hero in the readers' eyes. While "The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance" is my favorite Hyde novel, "Diary of a Witness" is a very close second. ( )
  Dewdette | Jul 4, 2010 |
Wonderfully written and poignant book about a high schooler, Ernie, that deals with his weight, being ostracized by other peers, and a mother who comforts him and finds happiness with fatty foods. Ernie's best friend, Will, who helps his at school and with bullying, has his own issues in the "Manson" family and then has to face a family tragedy. This novel has a wonderful balance between the positive and the tragic and the issues that some teens may have to face. ( )
  robynr | Jun 15, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375856846, Hardcover)

One day, something’s going to snap. . . .

Ernie doesn't have a lot of friends at school. Just Will. They have stuff in common—like fishing. But more important, they have common enemies: the school jocks, who seem to find bullying just another sport.

For the most part, Ernie and Will take life at high school in stride. Until Will has one very bad day. Now nothing is remotely funny. Ernie finds himself a witness—to loss, to humiliation, and to Will’s anger—an anger that’s building each and every moment.

Ernie doesn’t want to believe his best friend is changing, but he can’t deny the truth. Soon he has a choice: join or die. Or can he find another way?

Praise for The Day I Killed James:
“Teens who have experienced crushing rejection or who have laughed at the ardent feelings of a classmate will devour this original, gripping story.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Ernie, an overweight high school student and long-time target of bullies, relies on his best friend Will to watch his back until Will, overwhelmed by problems at home and guilt over his brother's death, seeks a final solution.

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