Review: To This Day by Shane Koyczan

In February 2013, Shane Koyczan’s passionate anti-bullying poem “To This Day” electrified the world. An animated video of the lyric narrative went viral, racking up over 12 million hits to date and inspiring an international movement against bullying in schools. Shane later performed the piece to sustained applause on the stage of the 2013 annual TED Conference.

Now this extraordinary work has been adapted into an equally moving and visually arresting book. Thirty international artists, as diverse as they are talented, have been inspired to create exceptional art to accompany “To This Day.” Each page is a vibrant collage of images, colors and words that will resonate powerfully with anyone who has experienced bullying themselves, whether as a victim, observer, or participant.

Born of Shane’s own experiences of being bullied as a child, To This Day expresses the profound and lasting effect of bullying on an individual, while affirming the strength and inner resources that allow people to move beyond the experience. A heartfelt preface and afterword, along with resources for kids affected by bullying, make this book an invaluable centerpiece of the anti-bullying movement.

Description taken from Netgalley.com. I received an advance copy of this book via the publisher from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not impact my opinions of the book in any way.

If you haven’t watched the video for this book yet, I strongly suggest that you do.

Shane Koyczan really brings the reality of bullying to life in this video, and that video has come out as a book now. The artists do an amazing job of capturing the video and the message of the video through pictures and the words from Koyczan’s poem. I loved reading this book and it’s something very powerful that I think will reach out to people of all ages.

This is definitely on my list of books worth reading about bullying or fiction with bullying themes. To see more books like this, check out the bullying tag on my young-adult book blog, RealityLapse. 4 stars.

Here’s a chat I did with the author of THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE, Leila Sales, and one of the co-bloggers at The Book Geek, Emily May.

pg count: 72

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