Bullying is a huge problem in schools. It is the topic of many books, fiction and non-fiction. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could simply make it go away?
Safe on Solid Ground
by Chrissy M. Dennis
Published by Anaiah Press
Publication Date April 21, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Christian Fiction
Main Character Ages: 0-14
Written for: High-School/Young Adult
Fourteen-year-old Kaitlyn Myer dreams of becoming a basketball champion, but making her high school’s varsity team quickly turns into a living nightmare when a gang of bullies targets her. As their abuse erodes her confidence, Kaitlyn slides into destructive patterns and isolates herself from the people who love her most. If God is so good, why is her life so bad?
Taryn Thompkins, fifteen-year-old daughter of a heroin addict, is just settling into a group home when an experienced foster family offers to take her in. Embraced by the Myer family, Taryn begins to understand for the first time what family really means. But when Kaitlyn’s rebellion threatens everyone’s peace, Taryn is caught in a crossfire of mistrust and judgment and left wondering if she ever should have agreed to live with them in the first place.
Terrified of the repercussions, Kaitlyn cannot speak the truth, and no one’s listening to Taryn. But as secrets, half-truths, and lies upheave the family, one thing is certain: Truth alone will set their feet on solid ground.
I would like to thank Chrissy M. Dennis for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Safe on Solid Ground follows Kaiti into her first year of high school. We see her go from being a carefree, well-adjusted teen to a dark and haunted girl. Unable to share with anyone the threats and the injuries she has received from the kids at her new school, she retreats further and further into herself.
Honestly, this is not an easy book to read. At one point, I almost put it down. My heart was aching for Kaitlyn and Taryn! As things deteriorated, it was difficult to watch. Yet this is not the first book by Chrissy M. Dennis that I’ve read and I knew that it would have a satisfying ending so I gave myself a little break and picked it back up to finish.
The message of this book is important, and I hope many people read it and pay attention. If you are being bullied, don’t hide it! Talk to someone.
I’m not a mom. Maybe if I had a teenager I could make a better recommendation for whether this would be a good book for a younger teen. A part of me that says it would be great, because it deals with bullying, foster families, and a highly dysfunctional family in a big way. And shines the light of the Lord on all of it. Yet I hesitate to recommend it for younger teens for that same reason. It is a heavy story. So, parents, I encourage you to read it first and determine whether it would be a good fit for your child.