For Girls Only Devotions (Paperback)Carolyn Larsen & Other
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ByCarolyn Larsen & Other
Number of Pages256 pp
Day OneSticks and Stones
WHEN KARA CLOSED her eyes, she imagined
flaming arrows flying through the air right
at her. If she let herself think about the things
Audrey and her friends had said, she could feel
the arrows pierce right through her skin. “What’s
wrong with your hair? Did you just roll out of bed
or something?” “Where do you get your clothes?
The secondhand reject shop?” They even said
Kara was dumb because when Mrs. Taylor asked
her to read out loud, she stumbled over some of
the words. Kara could read—in fact, she could
probably read better than anyone else in the
class. But Audrey made her so nervous that she
couldn’t get the words out.
For some reason, when Kara came to class
midway through the year, Audrey decided she
didn’t like her. Kara was so shocked by Audrey’s
mean comments that tears rolled down her face
before she could stop them. That was all Audrey
needed to keep up the abuse. When she found
out she could get away with bullying Kara, she
did so every chance she got.
Some people only feel good about themselves
when they are cutting others down. Maybe they
don’t know how much their words hurt other
people. Maybe they even think they are being
funny. It’s no fun to be on the receiving end of