Sunday, May 28, 2017

Mean Little People by Paige Dearth

Mean Little People
by Paige Dearth

Publisher: Fiction with Meaning LLC (April 9, 2017)
Publication Date: April 9, 2017
Genre: Child Abuse | Dysfunctional Family | Bullying
Print Length: 466 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Seven year old Tony has one live or to die.

Tony Bruno just wants to fit in, but the bullies at his school are cruel and relentless. At home, he leans on his mother Teresa for strength and comfort, but she’s no match for his father, Carmen. His father, a fighter and bully himself, hates Tony. He is embarrassed by the child for not fighting back and wishes that Tony was never born.

Then as a teen, in one act of blind courage, Tony fights back shifting the balance of power with his peers. Even after Tony sets things straight with the neighborhood boys, his father continues to terrorize him.

At school, Tony is now respected by his classmates. One day he stands up for a bullied kid named, Salvatore, and the boys become friends. One night, Salvatore commits a horrific crime and Tony suffers the consequences of his friends’ actions. Tony’s punishment changes the course of his life.

All alone and nowhere to call home, Tony sets out to find the life he longs for, one filled with love and acceptance. But nothing comes easily for him, and he is forced to draw upon strength from deep within to survive.

From the dark world he lives in, Tony does unimaginable things to leave his unwanted life behind.

Mean Little People is a haunting story of one bullied child deprived of love and taunted by corrupt individuals along his journey. Tony’s story will make you question the balance between good and evil.

Mean Little People by Paige Dearth

Mean Little PeopleI wanted to run, screaming in disbelief from this story and yet, I had to read every single word, not as a voyeur to the events portrayed, but as a human being aghast that any living creature should be a victim of Tony’s life. Paige Dearth knows abuse and this is her vehicle to awaken the world to the brutality of what can happen beyond our little corner of the world. MEAN LITTLE PEOPLE is by far, one of the most difficult to read books I have ever reviewed.

Tony is the boy we pretend not to see. He is the young innocent who became fodder for abuse from every corner and that abuse created the young man who did what he must to survive, to be accepted and even to stand for others like him when he could. Was he a hero, a victim, a product of his environment? Yes. Did he crave love and acceptance, feel the sting of rejection and the pain of a world bent on either ignoring his plight or using him as a tool for its own devices? Yes. Is this an indictment of a world that is failing itself? Yes.

Although fictitious, this tale is not unrealistic or a flight of fancy. This is raw, heinous and beyond shocking to our senses. Abuse is alive and functioning in a world who must “bring awareness” to a problem that should never exist. Where does the fault lay? Certainly not in the laps of the abused, but in the laps of a society that covets the phrase, "They need to do something about this." Did this this hit harder than a wrecking ball? Was it far more effective than a hallway poster? Oh Hell yes.

This is a tale of abuse, betrayal, and the desperate quest for redemption and acceptance in a world that let one more child down. Read it, try to stomach the events and tell me you are not affected.

I received this copy from Fiction with Meaning in exchange for my honest review.

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