If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say
Before we go any further, I want you to understand this: I am not a good person.
We all want to be seen. We all want to be heard. But what happens when we’re seen and heard saying or doing the wrong things?
When Winter Halperin – former spelling bee champion, aspiring writer, and daughter of a parenting expert –gets caught saying the wrong thing online, her life explodes. All across the world, people know what she’s done, and none of them will forgive her.
With her friends gone, her future plans cut short, and her identity in shambles, Winter is just trying to pick up the pieces without hurting anyone else. She knows she messed up, but does that mean it’s okay for people to send her hate mail and death threats? Did she deserve to lose all that she’s lost? And is “I’m sorry” ever good enough?
If You Don't Have Anything Nice To Say is the thought provoking novel from multi award winning author, Leila Sales
In the media
A nuanced approach to how the internet encourages the dehumanization of users gives this novel its realistic tone and serves as a strong warning to teens (and their parents)
Should be required reading for anyone using social media...Topical without being preachy, this is a plea for empathy in a world increasingly prone to knee-jerk outrage.
Claire Hennessy Irish Times, Best YA novels of 2018