Behind Every Mean Girl There’s a Tragedy by Hermione Daguin is a Young Adult novel that I do not want my teenage son to read. Rachael is a disturbed and distressed individual in her own right and would be distressing to most readers. That is only my opinion. The first approximately 80% of the novel is a steady downhill spiral into self-pity and horribly bad social behavior. Readers are invited to excuse Rachel’s behavior because there is a secret in her past. Many readers will correctly assume what it is, a form of abuse, but will be surprised by the people involved. Who are the abusers, who are the enablers?

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