The Bully Book: A Novel

Book review by Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Harsh realism makes novel about bullying painful to read.

Parents say

age 18+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 2 reviews

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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.

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