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Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Story - Megan Kelley Hall

Posted by on October 11, 2011

Synopsis: You are not alone.

Discover how Lauren Kate transformed the 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.

Review: An absolutely critical book for teenagers today I believe. Dear Bully shares the real experiences of 70 authors, from being bullied, to seeing bullying happen in the school yard, and some of those that were the bullies and hearing their experiences. I wish this book existed 10 years ago when I was in high school - as someone who was a bit overweight and came from a family that didn’t have much money I was often talked about and excluded. To have a book like this give me some hope at the time would have been like gold to me.

Whilst some stories pehaps aren’t as strong as others, collectively the book has a big impact and certainly I believe will help save lives and I hope…. will help to reinforce that message that bullying is not on.

An important book with some very clear messages throughout. All teens should read this. From 13 through to 18 it’s all relevant.

Rating: 4 out of 5

4 Responses to Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Story - Megan Kelley Hall

  1. Jac @ For Love And Books

    Bullying is such an issue now; I know it exsted when I was a teen, but nowhere like it is today! (My husband and I just had a long talk about this today actually!)

    I’m anxious to read this one and possibly pass on a copy to my teenage nephews! (And keep one for when my own kids are *shudder* teens!)

    • Melissa

      I agree… bullying today has stepped into a new era with kids being online so much more than they were when I was at school. There was no facebook when I was in school where people could continue the bullying when school was out. It’s so much worse now.

  2. Sarah Pearson

    I was bullied at school but at least it stopped between 3.30pm and 8.30am. Who’d be a kid today?

    This is a book to support.

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