Author: Jeff Erno
Publisher: Self Published
Characters: Jacob, et al.
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Bullying, High School Crushing/Romance
Jacob Stevens is a high school freshman facing an onslaught of constant bullying. When the unthinkable happens and he falls victim to a cruel prank, he and a small circle of friends band together to form a Losers’ Club. By embracing the name their tormentors have assigned them, they reclaim their power and try to fight back. With the help of a mysterious stranger, Jacob finds the strength he needs to stand up for himself and his friends, a group of losers like himself.
Note: In addition to Jacob and the other Losers’ Club original members, Darien, Lily, Jena, Karen & Benny, other key players would include the spiritually evasive Austin, the Key Bully Elijah, and the school Principal Mrs. Holbrook.
This story really hit home with me as in my high school days I was a constant victim of bullying in an environment that not only accepted it but in ways also encouraged it; or at the very least turned a blind eye to it! I personally lost 3 friends to teen suicide, and had contemplated the act more than once myself!
This is obviously a subject that is not only too often center stage news in today’s society but in our past as well and Mr. Erno has done a wonderful job of capturing its attention while providing a comforting tale in which to absorb it. One key truth emphasized in the story is that although “Zero Tolerance” is easy on the ears, it is not so easy in its administering.
The characters are well defined and easily identified with. Excluding the inclusion of Austin, the story could ring true in just about every high school across this country. I found myself not only reminiscing my own teen years but also being quite nicely entertained and hoping that things truly are changing for the better.
Another concept I thought the author presented quite well and entertainingly was that although a victim might not necessarily have an other-worldly compatriot, the notion that ‘something’ is looking out for them is not so out of the question as we quite often do not bring ourselves down to our tormentor’s level, although opportunities might present themselves for us to easily do so; we stand above them, and proudly so!
In summation, if you were bullied in high school this little story will ping your heart and if you were fortunate not to be bullied, you will still be quite nicely entertained.
Reviewed By: Jymbo