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The Bully Book: A Novel

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Harsh realism makes novel about bullying painful to read.

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age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

More like the bully bible

While I was unable to put this book down, the reasons are not because I found this book to be a positive read in the least. It is truly a step by step guide on how to hurt and destroy the self esteem of others. It is truly a handbook for those seeking to ruin the life of those they feel are inferior. I would not allow my child or any other child for that matter to read this deplorable book.
age 17+

Do not let your child read this book

In giving an inside look into what it's like to be bullied, the author inadvertently wrote a manual for how to be a bully. This book glorifies being popular and in control of everyone and tells you exactly what you need to do to manipulate the people around you to get what you want. It tells you exactly how to start rumors, and cause trouble and make people feel horrible, and how to do it without getting caught. I am astonished that my daughter received this book from her school as a prize. This could be very dangerous in the wrong hands.

Is It Any Good?

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Some aspects of The Bully Book are extremely effective, particularly the painful realism of Eric's situation as the "grunt." His fear and the cruelty he suffers are so believable, the book becomes pretty difficult to stomach. The mystery of the "Book" is also engaging and suspenseful. However, the adults in this novel --granted, seen through the eyes of the young narrator -- are clueless, wounded, and immature to an almost absurd degree. Eric's realization at the end of the story seems like the kind of platitude one of those clueless adults might offer to a kid who's being bullied mercilessly: They can't change who you are if you know who you are.

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