Blog Tour Review Giveaway and Excerpt: You Won’t Know Her Name by Shanti Hershenson @ShantiHersh @lolasblogtours

Blog Tour You Won’t Know Her Name by Shanti Hershenson

This is my post during the blog tour for You Won’t Know Her Name by Shanti Hershenson. You Won’t Know Her Name is written by a fourteen year old author and is based on a true story.

This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours and the tour runs from 21 February till 6 March. You can see the tour schedule here: http://www.lolasblogtours.net/blog-tour-you-wont-know-her-name-by-shanti-hershenson 

You Won’t Know Her Name

By Shanti Hershenson

Genre: Contemporary

Age category: Young Adult

Release Date: July 27, 2021

Blurb:

“I thought they were my best friend…”

There lives a little girl whom you will never know the name of, and for her, a terrible storm is coming. She is going to a new, public middle school knowing no one but her sister, and the horrors are absolutely endless.

But she doesn’t expect what is to come.

In her first few months of school, terrible and unspeakable things begin to happen, that go beyond what is considered “normal”. Finding the courage to get away from the wrong people is a difficult thing, but when a horrific incident occurs, she finds herself running from who she once thought to be friends.

Now lost and alone, The Girl turns to one thing to help her get through her darkest moments. Writing poetry is the one way she can express her anger, and when her school announces that they will be hosting an open-mic night, she knows she has to enter. But entering means that she will have to face her demons, and it could be her worst nightmare…

From a teenaged author, You Won’t Know Her Name shines a light on a heartbreaking reality that often goes unspoken about – the issue that is bullying in middle school. From hateful comments to real, shocking violence, this book shares what cannot be ignored.

My review:

As a keen poet myself I was curious to read this poetry book by a teenage author. It’s remarkable that the author, Shanti Hershenson, was only thirteen when she wrote this! There is a simplicity in Shanti’s stream of consciousness poetry which works well, highlighting the complexity of painful topics such as bullying, panic attacks, sexual assault, verbal abuse, physical assault and thoughts about suicide. There are trigger warnings throughout, each poem is highlighted with content warnings where needed.

It’s not for the faint-hearted and made me feel so sad in places. So please be aware, it is not for everyone.

Ages 14 and up. Some topics may not be suitable for younger readers

I particularly appreciate accessible poetry which is understandable without trying to be pretentious and this is simple, and yet oh so poignant. On a personal level, it’s relatable too – as I moved to a new school – a new country and culture in the last but one year of primary. And yes, I suffered, because I stood out like a sore thumb. And my daughters experienced bullying problems too in their school years.

It’s interesting how Shanti calls the bullied protagonist The Girl. I suppose the point being this reads like a personal account but it could be anyone. Anyone can be bullied. And perhaps anyone, of either gender given certain circumstances can be a bully? The bully, (whom the Girl thought was a friend,) she calls the person – not naming their gender, dehumanising them.

Bullies need to be taught that their behaviour is unacceptable. It’s all about education, tolerance, cultural and other awareness and instilling kindness. It’s about speaking out and ensuring that those in a position of authority, such as teachers, employers, and the like listen to and take appropriate action, adopting a no tolerance attitude to bullies.

These excerpts brought back personal memories…

‘They told her mother that it was

“Just middle school.”

And that, “It happens all the time.”

That night she swears not to stay silent.

Not to listen to her principal

Who thinks she’s burning bridges

Because really, staying silent never did anything.

Whether bullying happens all the time, or not, it is not acceptable. And can do such terrible harm.

Shanti’s poetry is also about not feeling alone in your troubles. Being brave and speaking out.

There is a section at the back of the book with helpful resources.

Wonderful collection from one so young. Impressive. And brave, I wish her every success.

My rating 5 stars.

Links:

– Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59626189-you-won-t-know-her-name 

– Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/you-won-t-know-her-name-by-shanti-hershenson 

– Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/You-Wont-Know-Her-Name-ebook/dp/B09B6HL4G1 

– B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/you-wont-know-her-name-shanti-hershenson/1139905254?ean=9781088010525 

– Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ebook/you-won-t-know-her-name 

– Blog Tour:  http://www.lolasblogtours.net/blog-tour-you-wont-know-her-name-by-shanti-hershenson/#Schedule

Excerpt


STAIRS AND STARES
The Girl hurries up the stairs
And makes it to a large door
Where she can hear voices inside
Preparing to start the day
And with her backpack slung over her shoulder
She steps inside, and is met with the stares
Lots and lots of stares
TOO MANY CLASSMATES
Up until this point, The Girl had attended private school
But now she’s struggling to fit in
In a new city
With too many classmates
That she does not know
She’ll come to learn their names, in time
But for now, they are strangers, and she is alone

About the Author:

Shanti Hershenson’s first two novellas were published when she was in the sixth grade, although her writing journey started long before then. Ever since she could hold a pencil, marker, or crayon, she was creating stories. They started from pictures, mere scribbles, and eventually, turned into captivating tales.

Author links:

– Website: https://www.shantihershenson.com/ 

– Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShantiHersh

– Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shantihershenson/ 

– Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@shantiwhowrites 

Giveaway

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of You Won’t Know Her Name. 5 winners will win a paperback copy of You Won’t Know Her name by Shanti Hershenson (US Only).

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Thank you to the author and the blog tour company for the opportunity to read and review.

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Marje @ Kyrosmagica

Hi. Welcome to my blog: M J Mallon - Kyrosmagica Publishing. A blog about magic, books, writing, laughter, and much more! I'm a debut writer, my first YA fantasy novel The Curse of Time - Book 1 - Bloodstone is set in Cambridge. I write book reviews on my blog and on Goodreads. I have a penchant for travel and have relatives in far flung places, Australia, Malaysia, and Singapore, (my birthplace.) I grew up in in Bonnie Scotland, in Edinburgh, and now live in Cambridge. I love sunny, hot places, particularly Rome, Venice, Portugal, Barcelona, and I forgot to mention the sun drenched beaches of the Caribbean, how could I? I am lucky to have been blessed with two lovely daughters and a husband who I fondly refer to in this blog as my black sheep. Family joke! With my passion for travel, culture, beautiful beaches, good food, books, theatre, writing, and humour, I hope to keep you entertained. I'm loving every minute of this creative journey, please join me.

8 thoughts on “Blog Tour Review Giveaway and Excerpt: You Won’t Know Her Name by Shanti Hershenson @ShantiHersh @lolasblogtours”

  1. Gee whiz… I can so relate to this young lady’s reasons for writing. When I reported one of my middle school bullies, I was accused of being prejudiced and was forced to publicly apologize to the bully. God Bless her for having the wisdom to write herself to a better space and for sharing her writing so as to help others.

    1. Yes indeed. I have experienced so much of this both myself, and my daughter’s. They always seem to take the bullies side. And never keep the person bullied safe, or apart from the bully. Unfortunately, only way to deal with them is to fight back which I did. But not everyone can do this.

  2. I was taken back that a 13 year old wrote this. She writes beautifully. Very powerful and a must read. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my post.

  3. Wow. Only thirteen. I’m so impressed, and a little sad that such a young person has knowledge of or experience with these painful, triggering topics. I guess that’s the world we live in. Thanks for sharing, Marje, and huge congrats to Shanti. She will go places. A beautiful cover too.

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