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Book Review: Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories

finished reading : 3 June 2012
rate } ♠♠♠♠♠
genre } non-fiction | biography | abuse 
release day }  April 2009
acquired } 04th August 2008
publisher } Harper Element 
format } paperback
isbn } 9780007280971
pages } 310 pages
source } bought
age group } 15+
interests } If you like reading The child call IT, (well not enjoy, you know what I mean)  
awards } -

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Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories
By Megan Kelly Hall, Carrie Jones, Claudia Gabel, Courtney Sheinmel, Crissa-Jean Chappell, Cyn Balog, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Daniel Waters, Dawn Metcalf, Debbie Rigaud, Deborah Kerbel, Diana Rodriguez Wallach, A.S. King, Eric Luper, Erin Dionne, Alyson Noel, Amy Goldman Koss, Amy Reed, Aprilynne Pike, Carolyn Mackler, Carrie Ryan, Cecil Castellucci, Heather Brewer, Holly Cupala, Janni Lee Simner, Jeannine Garsee, Jessica Brody, Jo Knowles, Jocelyn Maeve Kelley, Jon Scieszka, Kieran Scott, Kiersten White, Kristin Harmel, Kurtis Scaletta, Lara Zeises, Laura Kasischke, Lauren Kate, Lauren Oliver, Linda Gerber, Lisa McMann, Lisa Schroeder, Lisa Yee, Lucienne Diver, Marina Cohen, Marlene Perez, Maryrose Wood, Megan McCafferty, R.L. Stine, Melissa Schorr, Ellen Hopkins, Laurie Faria Stolarz

YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Discover how Lauren Kate transformed he feeling of that one mean girl getting under her skin into her first novel, how Lauren Oliver learned to celebrate ambiguity in her classmates and in herself, and how R.L. Stine turned being the "funny guy" into the best defense against the bullies in his class.
Today's top authors for teens come together to share their stories about bullying—as silent observers on the sidelines of high school, as victims, and as perpetrators—in a collection at turns moving and self-effacing, but always deeply personal.

My 2 Cents
The first time I heard about this book, I was quite reluctant to get it. A few weeks later, a good friend recommended this book , and I was still reluctant to read it. But after a bit while, I gave in cause it was beckoning me to read it.

One huge message this book has would be, “You are not alone” to all bullying victims out there. Another side of this book, would be the stories from bullying “by-standers”. The party who are the audiences of the ordeal. Then, there are stories from ex bullies, sharing their experiences, their regret, their…”after taste” of their personal experience

This book really hit home for me. I think that was why I was avoiding to read this book in the first place. Once upon a time I was a bully victim, with “friends” as bystanders, and “friends” as the bullies, hence this was quite a personal matter of interest to actually read myself. Honestly said, this book practically humanize  our favorite authors into people we could relate to and not that someone who are so farfetched individuals as we would assume.

Page by page, this book is hard to put down. Is it that bad if I actually have a “in your face” feelings at the “Ex- Bullies” section of the book.

In serious part of the job, I am so tempted to get a copy of this book for the school library. What’s stopping me is the few vulgar language portray within some of the stories, which is a no-no for the students within a school. After all, we are trying to brainwash these kids into better behavior. It is quite a shame though, cause this book “clicked”.

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”The situation quickly degenerated to an aggressive rumor campaign and, finally, to my daughter having her name written on the girls’ bathroom wall in conjunction with something truly humiliating by someone who had once been her best friend.”

One the last note: Why haven’t YOU pick this book up yet?

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1 comments:

  1. That would be an interesting read and I do recognise maybe 10 authors immediately.

    Some people think Bullying is just for teenagers but as a HR Specialist I see it everyday in the Professional environment, very sad but organizations are taking steps to deal with it.

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