Jul 232012
 

Choke by Diana Lopez
Source: ARC obtained at BEA 2012
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website

A heartfelt novel about the disturbing “choking game” trend — and one girl’s struggle for self-acceptance.

If she could — if her parents would let her — eighth-grader Windy would change everything about herself. She’d get highlights in her hair, a new wardrobe; she’d wear makeup. But nothing ever changes. The mean girls at school are still mean, and Windy’s best friend Elena is still more interested in making up words than talking about boys.

And then one day, Windy gets the change she’s been looking for. New girl Nina — impossibly cool, confident, and not afraid of anyone — starts hanging out with Windy! Nina even wants to be “breath sisters.” Windy isn’t sure what that means, exactly, but she knows she wants to find out. It sounds even better than a BFF.

Windy is right, at first. Being a breath sister gains her a whole new set of friends, girls she feels closer to and cooler with than anyone else. But her inclusion in the new crowd comes at a dangerous price. Windy wants to change everything about her life … but is she really willing to give up everything in the process?

This was a sad story about a dangerous game. I remember it was popular for a bit when I was a kid, and it’s hard to believe it is still around, and still being played.

The story starts off slow, letting the reader really get to know Windy. She’s a regular girl, with regular problems. She’s nice and sweet, and a bit innocent.

The story had a great moral about being yourself, and learning to love who you are. It’s an important lesson that takes most people years to learn, if they ever do.

The story has a sad, tearful ending that still manages to convey hope and goodness.

Overall, this is a great book for young teen girls. It has a great lesson in it, and one that extends past the obvious dangers of playing the choking game.

4 stars

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  One Response to “Choke”

  1. I don't remember this game being around when I was a kid. But like Windy, I was not part of the in crowd. It's so scary that children would risk their lives in that way

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