Tuesday, October 9, 2012

We're Done Virtual Tour

We’re Done
by Judy Irwin



What if it turns out that YOU'RE the bully - and you didn't know it?

Up until now, life has been good for 13-year-old Luke. He's good at sports, attractive, and he's a big wheel at Heyworth Academy, his private school. He likes to tease, and poke fun at the other kids, but that's just because he likes having fun. But things start to fall apart, six weeks into eighth grade, when Luke commits an act of 'goofing around' that ends up costing him his best friend and his beloved private school.

After he's expelled, Luke transfers to his local school, Carlyle. Now, he's on the outside looking in. His looks, and background (not to mention his Heyworth hoodie), make him stand out, and the tough guys zero in on him right away.

The upside-down world that Luke finds himself in at Carlyle gives him a whole new way of looking at things. Can he recover from losing his school, and his best friend, and find new friends and a way to fit in at Carlyle?

Luke looked at his mother. "So it's not — " He turned to look at Mr. Kennedy. "OK, now I get it." He pushed his hair behind his ears. "I was just trying to be funny," he said. "How can that be wrong? I mean, I'm sorry that Jill was upset. If you want, I'll apologize — "

"Luke, please let me continue," said Mr. Kennedy. "As you know, we introduced a new anti-bullying policy two years ago. We decided that, because we wanted Heyworth to be a safe, nurturing place for all students, that we'd have a zero-tolerance approach when it came to bullying."

"I know," said Luke. "You'd have to be a moron NOT to know about it. We hear about it all the time — zero tolerance, three strikes and you're out, yada yada, yada. I know all that. But having fun isn't the same thing as bullying — at least, not the last time I looked. I mean, we're kids. We're going to goof around. So I'm not sure what you're saying."

"Luke, this is what I'm saying," said Mr. Kennedy. "This is your third strike. I'm very sorry to do this, but I am asking you to leave Heyworth."

Luke's mom raised her handkerchief to her mouth, and she let out a muffled sob. "Luke, you see this is serious," she said.  

"This is nuts," said Luke. "I'm not going to leave Heyworth. This is my school. Mr. Kennedy, you can't do this. I'm on the swim team. I'm captain of the soccer team. And you know my parents are really involved in this school. Mom, don't you agree? This is not possible."

This book really grabbed me from the get go. We have all encountered bullying in one form or another. What is really funny to some is the straw that breaks the camel's back for someone else. Look at the cases of teen suicides because someone make cruel jokes about someone's sexuality or appearance. It could be anything. 

The interesting point in this book is-what if it was you? What if you were the bully? No way! Way. And it can take a pretty solid brick to the head to get it too. 

 We're Done takes you on a journey with Luke as he discovers things about himself that he never realized and as you read, you will see things in yourself and the people around you as well. The action was steady, the dialogue for the most part believable and the situations were spot on. 

Judy Irwin has done an excellent job capturing the feel of the joking bully and even touches on the cyber bully aspect that has affected so many kids today. Kudos to you Judy for an excellent read that will, I think, make a difference.


Judy Irwin writes books about kids dealing with everyday stuff, like parents and divorce, friendships and bullies, and figuring out how to handle different situations and circumstances. So far, she's written two books: We're Done, and What Did You Say? We're Done is about 13-year-old Luke and how he figures out what went wrong when he's kicked out of school for a bullying incident. In What Did You Say?, 12-year-old Tash tries to figure out what life will be like following her parents' divorce. In this book, which takes place at a trailer park up north, Tash first meets Luke, Jon and Polly.

Judy lives in Toronto, Canada, with a dog, a cat, and two hamsters, plus her husband and two children, ages 10 and 13. She studied English Literature at the University of Toronto. She always wanted to be a writer. She wrote her first book in fourth grade - it was about a boy called Japan, who lived in Japan. In addition to writing books, Judy is a freelance business writer.

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  1. If a child is brought up right they do not become a bully.

  2. I have a granddaughter who is being bullied at school. Nothing you can really complain about because it is so insidious. It still hurts. More YA's should read this story.

  3. I love that you are flipping it around to see the point of view from the "bully". Thanks for sharing

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  4. I'm sure some bullies don't realize they do it. This should be really interesting!


  5. This sounds like a great title to add to the YA Collection in my community college library. It sounds like a powerful message.
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  6. It makes you wonder if a bully knows he has crossed a line.


  7. Isnt is sad how victimizing people can become so natural that you do not even realize it? It really dehumanizes you.


  8. It is hard to find a YA book written from a boy's perspective and this on also takes on a great topic! Thanks Carin
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