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Review: Dear Bully

It only seems apt to post this review during Anti Bullying Week

Dear Bully by Various authors
Published by HarperCollins USA
Source: Gifted from my Blogging Friend



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.


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 This is a book I certainly will be recommeding it to everyone to buy and read simply because of the values it promotes. It is an anthology which has been put together to make people more aware of bullying and help those reading it to be more equipped to stand up to bullying. Both of these things need to be appaulded whole heartedly.

The book has a huge variety of contributors, all YA authors, writing about their experiences with bullying. It's certainly not enjoyable but I imagine I'd be of comfort to teens experiencing bullying. I also liked how it gave the perspective of people who although not outright bullies were those type of people who stood aside and let it happen.

UK readers be warned, all the authors contributing are American which meant I had no clue who some of them were. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but I definitely there would be a market for a UK version to be released especially if it helped to raise funds for an Anti Bullying Charity like Child line.

Comments

Vivienne said…
I am just reading this now and I have to say it is very good. I didn't mind that I didn't know a lot of the authors though.
Sarah said…
I really must pick up a copy of this one, it's such an important topic to tackle
Clover said…
I really want to read this one. And I think you raise a great point about a UK edition, I think that'd be wonderful to read as well.
Jesse Owen said…
I've seen this on a blog before and thought it sounded like a book worth reading - I'm not sure who the authors are really makes much of a difference as it's the values it promotes which are more important but I would definitely support a UK version.