In the near future when the pre-Internet era is considered the dark ages, teens will be connected to the Net in unimaginable ways. Laura Bradley Rede contemplates those possibilities in her visionary short story, “Smacking Back”. She writes, “Smacking is a crime like meatspace rape.” It’s the scanning of the mind in the absence of consent. Imagine the possibilities.
Bradley Rede does just that through the eyes of Cassie, a teen bullied by her peers. In a unique style using futuristic slang with panache, Bradley Rede brings home the cyber bullying problem confronting teen readers with end of story questions that will make them think, and initiate lively classroom discussions. “Smacking Back” is one short story every English teacher should assign and every teen read.