Here's to the Underdogs! Book Review

I've got something a little special for y'all today. A book review! Not only is it a book review but the author of the review is doing a book launch and I get to be a part of it! I've never done anything like that before so it's a little new for me but anyway, I would like to introduce you to one of my new favorite books called Here's to the Underdogs! 


"Benjamin Connley is an outcast at school. His depression leads him to make a very drastic decision, but it is because of this decision that Ben realizes how selfish and blind he’s been, thinking only of himself. His only true friend is Colette...that is until he starts meeting others who are struggling as well. His small group of friends grows and bands together to form the Underdogs. By sticking together, and learning about God's love and grace toward them, they are able to repay the hate that they've been shown with love and kindness, starting a revolt against bullying and leaving behind them a legacy that won't be soon forgotten."

I don't read a lot of contemporary novels but this one is probably one of my few favorites and I hope you enjoy it also.

I had the privilege of beta reading the book before it was published and I am really excited to finish reading the finished version. 

I am positively sure Shannon Aardsma is going to reach and impact a lot of people with this book. It is so beautifully written and the character arcs are absolutely wonderful. Espicly in Ben and Darren. I loved it so much and will probably read it again and again!

There are a few things I want to point out though. I would not recommend this book to younger children simply because of some of the things the book talks about. Now, don't get me wrong, there is nothing explicit or inappropriate, but at some point in the story it is implied that one character was sexually abused at one point in their past (again, nothing explicit or into detail and the person who abused the character is in jail for a portion of the book) and a character attempts to kill themselves. But all of this is put in a bad light meaning that it is not encouraged by the author.

I am not saying that I agree with any of that but one of the reasons why I love the book so much is because those things make the book so much more meaningful even for people who have never experienced those things.

Now for some more practical information.
The paperback version is about 330 pages long and according to the author, it can easily be read in about a week (Though of course, it all depends on how fast you read and how much time you have for reading.)
You can find the book here and the author's website here.


  1. You are doing a great work Shannon & Naomi. Thank you for making a difference in the world. I appreciate you.


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