September 29, 2015: Tom Leveen

© Alecia Brouwer
© Alecia Brouwer

As part of the U.S. Embassy Literature Series fiction author TOM LEVEEN read from his young adult novel Random (Ich hätte es wissen sollen, Hanser Verlag) Random to a full house of more than 160 Berlin high school students. Random is a story about effects of cyberbullying and teen self-discovery. Several Berlin high schoolers offered their reactions to the event and voiced their views on cyberbullying and its effects (→ video).

Moderator: Jeremy Fowler, U.S. Embassy

Who’s the real victim here? This tense and gripping exploration of cyberbullying and teen suicide is perfect for fans of Before I Fall and Thirteen Reasons Why.

Late at night Tori receives a random phone call. It’s a wrong number. But the caller seems to want to talk, so she stays on the line.
He asks for a single thing—one reason not to kill himself.
The request plunges her into confusion. Because if this random caller actually does what he plans, he’ll be the second person connected to Tori to take his own life. And the first just might land her in jail. After her Facebook page became Exhibit A in a tragic national news story about cyberbullying, Tori can’t help but suspect the caller is a fraud. But what if he’s not? Her words alone may hold the power of life or death.
With the clock ticking, Tori has little time to save a stranger—and maybe redeem herself—leading to a startling conclusion that changes everything.

Tom Leveen is the author of Random, Sick, manicpixiedreamgirl, Party, and Zero (a YALSA Best Book of 2013). A frequent speaker at schools and conferences, Tom was previously the artistic director and cofounder of an all-ages, nonprofit visual and performing venue in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is an Arizona native, where he lives with his wife and young son.

In cooperation with English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center, Hanser Verlag München and Thalia Buchhandlungen

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