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‘Here comes four-eyes!’Jerry is bullied for wearing glasses. When he realises his short-sightedness is not a disability but a new way of perceiving and understanding the world around him, he begins to look at it from a new, unique perspective.He even starts to believe he might have super-powers, but soon learns a great deal about himself and about the boy who is making his‘Here comes four-eyes!’Jerry is bullied for wearing glasses. When he realises his short-sightedness is not a disability but a new way of perceiving and understanding the world around him, he begins to look at it from a new, unique perspective.He even starts to believe he might have super-powers, but soon learns a great deal about himself and about the boy who is making his life such a misery.Has Jerry discovered a new way of dealing with firmly held opinions? Myopia is a novel about bullying, friendship and learning the hard way....

Title : Myopia
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ISBN : 9781908910530
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 188 Pages
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Myopia Reviews

  • Nancy
    2019-01-29 15:24

    This was a really wonderful Ya novel which tackles the topic of bullying really well. I liked the balance in the novel – the bad and the good, and even some bits of grey. A good idea can actually be morally unsound but can have good consequences. There are some very poignant parts in the novel which clearly outline that home circumstances can vary hugely and can play a large part in how a person will behave in public. That said, I loved how Jeff Gardiner showed that being a bully does not mean there is no room for redemption. People and their behaviour can change with time effort and a lot of support. Support can be overt, and sometimes a bit hidden – that aspect was also well written. It was a lovely touch to find that change for the better does not always mean a total wiping out of one’s natural character and instincts. Real people are portrayed really well, and sadly real situations, but Jeff Gardiner quite clearly demonstrates that the world is clearer for a bit of acceptance of our differences.

  • Emma
    2019-01-26 12:18

    Review by BethPicking up this novel it seemed a weird topic. Glasses seem so normal to me I’d never really contemplated the idea of them being a reason to bully someone, but then, they were for years and although it’s not so frequent now it’s a common ground that many people can relate to.As novels about bullying go Myopia is brutal. It doesn’t hold back and the reader truly gets to feel the pain Jerry goes through. It cuts deep and the reader can feel that. The way Jerry turns his myopia on its head is fascinating however and as the novel progresses it’s more interesting to see where Jerry lets his eyesight takes him next than what’s going to happen with the bully. Gardiner magnificently turns Jerry’s myopia into a positivity rather than seeing it as the negative trait that the bullies hone Myopia looks at both bullying and friendship in a way that is believable and hard to read. There’s a scene towards the end, in Wayno’s house, that had me gasp out loud and it brought back the humanity of every individual – even bullies.Gardiner’s characters are convincing. Jerry was not the perfect anti-hero for me as he wasn’t particularly easy to warm to. The mixture of bravado and confusion in his character is perfect though when portraying what it’s like to be bullied – particularly from a male perspective I suspect. I also found the teachers particularly compelling and I found myself nodding along at the words ‘this school has a strict policy on bullying’ but nothing actually being done!Gardiner tackles the issue of bullying head on and does it in a way which took my breath away. Anybody aged 12 or older could really appreciate the sentiment he’s putting across and will be able to warm to his characters, even those you may not have expected to.

  • K.B. Walker
    2019-02-07 07:21

    This is a book for teenagers that deals with the challenging issue of bullying. Jerry, the central character, is very compelling. He is at times cool and sure then suddenly out of his depth and blundering into dangerous mistakes and wild fantasies; very believable for someone of that age and in those circumstances. Teachers who get things wrong, parents blissfully unaware of hidden problems are all quite realistic, sadly. The bullying in the book is of the physical sort rather than the cyber type that seems to be increasing but the messages about honesty, seeking help and not fighting wickedness with wickedness still hold true. And this story takes us where we want to go; that place where people do the right thing, baddies get their comeuppance and good triumphs over evil. It would make a good starting point for a discussion about bullying either in a family or the classroom.

  • Clare
    2019-02-07 13:18

    As someone who wears glasses, I can definitely relate!

  • Lindsay
    2019-02-19 12:43

    Jerry is being bullied at school. Those who pick on him target the fact that he wears glasses, and he suffers their cruel taunts and physical attacks. However, Jerry also begins to experience some unusual effects as a result of his short-sightedness, sometimes giving him a different, special way of seeing his world. ‘He couldn’t explain the weird phenomena caused by his myopia, but one thing did occur to him: perhaps short-sightedness was not a disability after all, but rather a way of seeing the world in a different way.’This book deals honestly with bullying and friendship, with prejudice and coming to terms with difficult situations. Jerry sadly considers the way the bullies have treated him: ‘What goes through a person’s head to think it’s okay to make another human being feel so worthless and humiliated?’ I think the author dealt with these important themes extremely well within his novel; this is an insightful story. The bullies are realistic and the bullying harsh, but the bullies are real characters, not stereotypes. Importantly, whether seemingly good or bad, the story illustrates that there is always more to a person than meets the eye.I liked several of the characters; in particular the marvellous, innovative and supportive school deputy head, Mr Quincy Finn. Whilst other teachers do little to support Jerry, Mr Finn takes pride in making the school a better, safer place, and in empowering Jerry himself to be a big part of that change. The author takes the subject of short-sightedness and makes it feel positive for Jerry; when he has his eyesight checked and is told of his myopia, he compares the sound of the word to another word, utopia, and imagines myopia as a place that he can visit only because of his particular eyesight. This young adult novel is an intelligent, skillful and well-written treatment of a serious subject that sadly affects all too many children and indeed adults, with an admirable main character and a little feeling of fantasy and magic at times. Despite the central topic, it is not without touches of humour and romance, and it is definitely enjoyable and rewarding as an adult read too.

  • Anya (An Awful Lot of Reading)
    2019-02-01 10:35

    Jerry is bullied at school. Pretty severely, in fact, just because he wears glasses. But his short-sightedness gives him a different view point on the world and allows him to overcome this horror-story of secondary school.Having been a victim of bullying myself, I could completely sympathise with Jerry's feelings of fear and anger, and I really do commend him on how he handles it. Although he has a low moment of lashing out, Gardiner writes Jerry to have the strength to take the higher ground and report it to a teacher. Of course, much like at my school, not much is done until Jerry himself gets creative. I loved how Jerry handled himself and tried so many ways of getting the bullies off his back; some were funny, others very effective, but some were just bad. But in the end, Jerry does really well for himself and his school by beating the bullies and helping to create a better atmosphere of zero-tolerance. It was the characters that really built this book. Jerry interacts with a myriad of amazing and brave characters, like Mr Finn, the deputy headteacher with the strength to carry out anti-bullying ideas; Jerry's love interest Mindy, who was adorable and smart; Silu and Matt, Jerry's friends who stick with him, even when it doesn't seem like it. Then there was Wayno and his gang were just awful; violent, racist, rude, jeez I could completely understand students and teachers alike hatred of them.What I really liked about this book was how Gardiner tackled not just bullying but the reasons behind it. It is a common thought that bullies bully because they are victims in another part of their life. And I think Jerry realising this about Wayno was an important part in both Jerry dealing with his fear and Wayno realising the error of his ways. It does take a while but they all get there, and I loved how the whole school got behind Jerry's anti-bullying ideas. Because it is a big problem and it takes a whole force to deal with. Most importantly, as it is Anti-Bullying Week, what this book reinforces is that no-one should go through it alone.

  • Tom Gillespie
    2019-02-08 13:45

    Myopia is a YA novel of exceptional quality. The setting, story and characters sing out with an unflinching and audacious authenticity. Gardiner tackles the complex issue of bullying with sensitivity, skill and a kind of wisdom that beats a defiant and persistent rhythm from within the heart of the book. His detailed, and at times challenging depictions of teenage anger and cruelty reminded me of the glory days of Grange Hill, but also classic films such as Kes or Gus Van Sant's Elephant. That's not to say that it makes for a depressing read, far from it. The tone is pitched just right, with careful and clever juxtapositions of high drama and laugh-out-loud humour. The central protagonists are also extremely well drawn, and as the story progressed, I developed a great fondness for Jerry and the friends, family and classmates that he encounters during his often treacherous journey to self-empowerment.One of Gardiner's great strengths as a writer is his ability to communicate directly to the reader through the mind's eye of a teenager, and throughout the book, his distinct and true voice shines from the page. I particularly enjoyed the way in which the novel flirts with elements of fantasy and surrealism to help illustrate and define Jerry's real and imagined world, and the reader is left sometimes to ponder where fantasy ends and reality begins. I read most of the book in one sitting on a train, and by the end I was blubbering like a big blabbering baby, much to my own embarrassment and the delight of my fellow passengers.Myopia is a poignant, beautiful and heart-wrenching story that resonates with truth, hope and above all, the immeasurable power of human compassion . Thoroughly recommended.

  • Mathew Bridle
    2019-02-05 13:22

    How do you know when a book is good? When you just have to sit and read it, forsaking everything else (including writing your own book!)I’ve just read one the best books I have ever read. It is one of those gems that we can all relate to in some way or other. Written by a school teacher, Myopia is about bullying. It looks at every possible perspective of the effects of bullying and what makes a bully. The story itself revolves around a group of friends one of whom, Jerry is chronically short sighted. Jerry is the central victim of the story though he is not the only one, and neither should he be. The story unfolds at a good pace without stepping into the impossible. There is no magic or super-powers, just ordinary people which is what makes the book so good. The teenage characters all behave as they should, their fears and loves are genuine as is everything else about the story. I particularly enjoyed the school setting and how the teachers and pupils interact, there is much to be applauded in this book, short as it is, but then if it was any longer I suspect that its intended audience might loosed interest.I cannot recommend this book high enough, it is touching, amusing and poignant all at once and should become compulsory reading in every school.A full on five stars.

  • Brandy Nacole
    2019-02-21 15:31

    Myopia is a YA novel about bullying that is handled very well.The main character, Jerry, is being bullied at school which stems from the fact that he wears glasses. Jerry faces the issues of not understanding why someone would bully him over a problem he can't help. Jerry has short-sightedness and when the doctors explain his myopia to him, Jerry notices how the word sounds similar to utopia and starts fantasizing about a new world only he can see. "He couldn’t explain the weird phenomena caused by his myopia, but one thing did occur to him: perhaps short-sightedness was not a disability after all, but rather a way of seeing the world in a different way."Myopia handles the topic of bullying very well, even with how adults overlook it, don't notice it, or how they empower someone being bullied to empower themselves. I really enjoyed the characters and thought the author did a wonderful job with description, setting, and handling the book with its dark, white, and grey areas. I recommend this book to anyone who has been affected or is being affected by bullying, parents who want to help their child, or anyone who enjoys a can't-put-it-down YA novel.

  • J.L.
    2019-02-02 15:45

    This is an important insightful book, that deals with the problem of bullying in schools. Jerry has to wear glasses with thick lenses, and we are taken through his ordeals as Wayno and his cronies not only beat him up, but turn away his friends and steal his girl.What will poor Jerry do? But the lad is not ‘poor.’ He learns where to seek help, and, after making some silly mistakes, how to cope.An easy read for pupils, parents and teachers alike, with a plot which keeps the pages turning until before you know it, it’s past midnight and you’ve reached the end. You learn, in a new way, that everyone is different – and that seemingly impossible drawbacks can be turned into advantages.A satisfying tale with a strong upbeat message, sorely needed in our sometimes depressing world.

  • Sarah Smith
    2019-02-12 14:26

    An engaging and compelling book, right from the outset. It's impossible not to warm to Jerry and smile as he moves from certainty to uncertainty on a regular basis - something we can all remember as teens. The story deals with bullying and other important issues, all the time seeming realistic and peaking your empathy and curiousity until the final page.A great novel for YA and adults alike. I read it quickly, wanting to get to the end so I could have the satisfaction of knowing how the bullies might get their comeuppance. Highly recommended.

  • Em
    2019-02-17 13:34

    Jerry is an admirable character, he rarely acts out and is intelligent about not responding. It`s easy to relate to him and to feel empathy. I love that it ends on a positive note and the characters manage to make a difference. Of course Jerry occasionally reacts to the taunts, any human would. This just makes his character more realistic.Overall it`s a great book.

  • Maija
    2019-01-24 10:24

    Jerry is your average high school student with glasses, he`s got good grades and a few friends, but he is self-concious about his sight issues and the nasty bullies make it worst. He's gotten used to them and doesn't fight back. One day Wayno, a repeat bully, breaks Jerry's glasses, Jerry files a compain to the principal. While the school has zero tolerance policy against bullies, the principal didn't seem interested in what Jerry had to say. So he's sent to another person and then- another. It's obvious there's no effective order at the school.Through out the story, when he doesn't wear his glasses Jerry sees these shadows that resemble him of something paranormal, like a mysterious world which he labels as Myopia. He fantasizes that he's the knight of Myopia. And with every chapter you see how Jerry changes, he becomes more confidend and sure of himself. Jerry and few people from the school create a program that's supposed to keep the students protected against bullies. Walking in groups so the bullies couldn't abuse them.And while Jerry becomes more confident, he also finds new friends. With time, Jerry's nemesis, Wayno also changes his ways and helps others fight the bullies.I found the story quite encouraging and inspiring, it resembles me of a text book short story that should move me to do something more, to be a loyal and good friend, help everyone and make a change.I could relate to a part of this story, not only am I nearsighted myself, but I used was bullied because of it. The bullies didn't get too far though, 'cause I'm a tough girl and fought back, kickin' some of those asses. You can't make a change by that, but can get them to lay off you. It helps when you have siblings who would help you any time.But Jerry had none, so he had to go another way, he spoke to his abusers and changed their ways.I genuinly have no way how to say it sesitively, but Myopia was a dull read to me. I basically read through it so I could write a full fledged review. Nothing was close to that exciting and gripping story I was promised.Even though Jerry was supposed to be a 16 year old, to me he went for a 13 year old. The narration was immature and at times cliche, though with time it kind of improved.With the third person POV I had troubles connecting with Jerry, most of the time his parents were reffered to as Mrs. and Mr. Hough. You don't call your parents by their last names in your mind or any other time, and I would have loved to have that warm family connection.A huge part of this book wasn't really about Jerry and him being nearsighted, but about serious subjects like racism, anti-semitism, human sexuality, bullying and abuse at home. That's the most part that I really adored about Myopia- that it's aimed at younger readers and that if they read it, they could be more aware of these issues and try to make a change.