One Step by Andrew Daddo

Having faced bullying as a teenager I’ve always been attracted to novels that tackle the topic. The feeling of dreading going to school and worrying how to fit in can be all consuming, heck, being a teenager is all consuming, which is why I think that novels like One Step are so important for young adults to read as the situations in it are all too real for so many.

Dylan is your typical teenage boy. He worries about his looks, thinks about the opposite sex constantly and finds his parents unbearable at times, while in other moments wishing they would show him some affection. And, like so many teenagers, Dylan is bullied at school. It only takes one person to make your life a living hell and Hamish Banning is Dylan’s one person. While life with Hamish wasn’t always bad, a comment here, a trip there, it all comes to a head when Dylan, unintentionally, causes humiliation to Hamish in English class, and Dylan must pay.

While all this is going on, Dylan’s crush, the very popular Gracie, is starting to pay Dylan some attention, his best friend, Ryan begins acting weird and issues at home between his parents escalate. Dylan’s world starts to spin out of control and he isn’t really sure how to cope with it.

Dylan is an endearing character; funny, sweet and frustrating, exactly what so many teenagers are. The treatment he faces will, unfortunately, resonate with many readers, however it is so important that these stories are read so that victims of bullying can know that they are not alone, that it is not their fault and that bullies can see what impact their actions can have on a person. Highly recommended for both sexes ages 13 and up.


Katherine Dretzke is a bookseller at Readings Hawthorn.

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One Step

One Step

Andrew Daddo

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