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Bully: a True Story of High School Revenge

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Bobby Kent was a bully--a steroid-pumped 20-year-old who dominated his peers in their comfortable, middle-class Ft. Lauderdale beach community through psychological, physical and sexual abuse. But on a summer night in 1993, Bobby was lured to the edge of the Florida everglades with a promise of sex and drugs and was never seen alive again. The tormentor had become the vict ...more
Mass Market, 304 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by Avon (first published 1997)
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♥ Marlene♥
Aug 29, 2016 ♥ Marlene♥ rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime, fiction
There are only 2 known photos of the victim and on the one most used he looks 40. I like this one better:
Beware Spoiler is coming up. !

Bobby Kent: The Victim. R.I.P.

Lisa Connelly Then:

Lisa Connelly: There are alas no photos of her how she looks now. I could not find them at least.

Heather Swallers

Ali Willis (Alice) older:

Marty Puzzio Victims "Best Friend"

Derek Dzvirko: (Lisa's cousin) then

Derek Dzvirko later:

Derek Kaufman now:

After reading this book pretty soon I began wondering about the teens d
Aug 11, 2009 David rated it did not like it
From time to time I enjoy a true crime story and I have to admit I read this one rather quickly..

Bully is the story of Buddy and Marty. The two are best friends, but Buddy dominates Marty fiercely. He hits him, teases him, and tortures him. That is, until Marty meets and starts dating Lisa. Lisa, fed up with her man being the target of Buddy's temper and wild mood swings, instigates an evil plot to murder Buddy. Before it is over she enlists seven teens (most of who do not even know Buddy) to p
May 09, 2012 Leslie rated it it was ok
Actual rating 2.5 stars but am rounding down as my opinion was at the lower end of the spectrum. I watched this movie when it first came out and was disturbed enough but not in a true crime phase at the time, so left it alone. It was on tv recently and, as much as the first time, gave me chills. This time it sparked an interest in checking out the book. I am not giving this book a 2.5 based on the crime. This was a sickening event, primarily because of the lack of remorse by all primary and remo ...more
Suzie Flohr
Aug 03, 2013 Suzie Flohr rated it it was amazing
Great book, I highly recommend.
Jun 06, 2011 Emmy rated it it was amazing
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Apr 07, 2016 Raili rated it it was amazing
I would like to get to the important stuff first. It was a REALLY well written book. It was easy to read, fast paced, emotional.. And because of it I must say it seemed at times like a fictional story. It was so shocking that I couldn't really wrap my mind around the fact that it really happened. But kudos to the author. This is a book you'll be thinking about for a long time after finishing it.
Now the story itself, as I said, was almost too weird and shocking to be true. A bunch of middle clas
Aug 04, 2016 Marna rated it liked it
Don't think this was supposed to be a hilarious journey back in time. I must just be a terrible person.

I didn't realize how word-for-word the screen play is, but I guess it was co-written by Schutze, so that makes sense. Still, that just makes the choice of updating the setting for the movie even weirder. I never really thought about it, but how are Eminem videos co-existing in the same universe with Mortal Kombat arcade games?

Anyway. I know someone got killed and it was a terrible crime. But (
May 13, 2009 Tracy rated it it was amazing
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Oct 12, 2012 Liz Dalton rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
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Feb 10, 2013 Laura rated it liked it
This book isn't your typical inside-out in depth account of a true crime. It's written more like a novel which kept the pace rolling real quick for me. The conspirators and victims, man what can I even say about them? Their almost constantly drug fueled decision making skills were making me face-palm up until the incredibly brutal murder. To me, the title seems a bit misleading, "a tale of high school revenge" when most of the attackers didn't even finish high school. Also the author REALLY must ...more
Aug 16, 2011 Jen rated it it was amazing
As my first true crime book, I think I made a pretty awesome choice. I read this book in less than 24 hours. I could not put it down. I've read it about 8 times and I've had 3 or 4 copies of it. It's written really well and easy to follow. Anyone who has interest in true crime should definitely pick this up.
Apr 11, 2014 Lenny rated it really liked it
Spoiled rich kids in Florida who too much drugs decide to murder one of their group. The weird part is that after the deed was done,none of them thought that they did anything wrong.
Justine Cassel
Nov 07, 2014 Justine Cassel rated it really liked it
In the beginning it started out really slowly but once it got going it was very well written and I was captivated by the story.
Jan 13, 2013 Kara rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2013
I found this a fast and engaging read, even though it is about a vicious murder. I can't feel entirely sympathetic with the victim, nor his murderers. He seems to have been a sociopath and the rest were not of a sound and reasonable mind. It's obvious from every move they made that they were not responsible adults, instead their parents just let them do whatever they wanted and paid their bills. I am disgusted with the parents a lot more than the actual 'kids' involved in the murder. They should ...more
Brianna Peterson
Feb 28, 2014 Brianna Peterson rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading the book, but I am furious at all the characters in the book. These kids (Ali, Lisa, both Dereks, Donny, Marty, Heather, and Bobby) purely acted like they had the devil in them. In the first half of the book, Bobby Kent acted like he was all high and mighty. Basically, he showed some people that he was 100% macho man. I’m dead serious. He even had some people thinking that he was a sweet, innocent angel. However, some people already knew that he was NO angel. He was abusive phy ...more
Jordyn Barding
Feb 28, 2016 Jordyn Barding rated it liked it
Bully: A True Story of High School revenge by Jim Schutze is a book unlike one you have ever read, truly. There are moments that will have you cringing and crying. This book centers around the murder of a young man but reads like a fiction story. There is dialogue and perspectives like you have never read or expected from this type of book.
This story follows eight kids and their evil intentions. 1993 was the year they took the life of their victim and friend, Bobby Kent. Bobby was pumped full of
May 12, 2014 Erika rated it liked it
"What is the argument here? Is this Battered Buddy Syndrome? He's beating me up all the time, so I have to kill him?"

Heard the story, saw the ridiculous sex-based film, decided to read the book. Wow. The first thing that came to mind was, "How can people be so dumb?!" Rather than just ganging up on the guy and telling him where to go instead of allowing him to continue to be apart of -and allegedly control- their lives, they opted to brutally murder him without much thought. And quite literally
Feb 17, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok
I had issues with this author. The first is he spends too much time writing about incidents that have no direct bearing to the story nor do they even serve the purpose of character background. I would read through pages of stories that were neither here nor there and and the end scratch my head thinking what the hell did that have to do with anything? The other issue, and this is a big one, he writes dialogue as if verbatim. Which unless he was there recording every last word each person said is ...more
Howard Buchman
May 31, 2013 Howard Buchman rated it liked it
No Spoiler Review!

I have not read any of the other reviews, so I'm going to just shoot from the hip.

This really is a commentary on the young adult society. It's a terrible thing to think that the monsters who murdered Bobby Kent (no angel himself, by the way) thought that they did nothing wrong. "I only stuck the knife in an inch!" one of the kids yelled. They didn't get it...they'll never get it. They were wrong, and thought nothing of it. What makes matters worse was the reactions of the paren
Susan Kelley
Feb 04, 2008 Susan Kelley rated it liked it
Recommends it for: true crime fanatics
Recommended to Susan by: Yahoo ReadNSwap Group
This is a book about disturbed people - deeply disturbed. The worst part is that this book is a true-crime book. These people really exist, adme they really did the horrible things that the author describes. Seven kids ranging in age from 15-20 brutally murdered a friend of theirs because he was a bully. He was no ordinary bully - he was sick. He forced people to do sexual things, he beats and ridicules people.

Even worse than the amoral behavior of these kids is the way the parents reacted. All
Mark R.
Aug 02, 2007 Mark R. rated it it was amazing
Fast-paced and very detailed, "Bully" is quite an impressive book, a nonfiction novel about some kids between the ages of seventeen and nineteen who decide to kill one of their friends, a nasty son of a bitch named Bobby Kent.

Bobby's been humiliating, beating, and otherwise terrorizing his best friend, Marty Puccio, since they were little kids, and when he starts getting on the wrong side of Marty's girlfriend and some of her friends, the kids decide to kill him.

Naturally, Schutze had to theoriz
Paul Garcia
Dec 05, 2016 Paul Garcia rated it it was amazing
Each page is gripping. The story that unfolds with each turn of the page is dark, disturbing, and horrifying. The violence and anitsocial qualities of this group of teens predates Columbine and the violence that we have come to know with growing frequency in our society today. It's a lot to ponder.
This book was such an easy read. The fact that it happened and is just so absurd what these kids do make it simple to breeze through. The author's way of describing what goes on and what they may have said fits completely. Way better than the movie. The pictures inside the book also show the damage to the one that was murdered and descriptions. It also includes the mug shots of all the kids involved. Although at the end when it says what they ended up bein
Jul 31, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-crime
*SPOILERS* A tragic story about a young man named Bobby who according to his friends was an abusive bully and rapist. His "best friend" grows tired of his mean ways and with other friends they start thinking of ways to get rid of Bobby. They enlist the help of another young man who supposedly is connected to the mafia but had to sneak out of his parents house to make a plan to kill Bobby. Eventually they take Bobby to a swampy area of Florida where they beat and stab him to death and leave him ...more
R to the -izzo
Apr 14, 2008 R to the -izzo rated it it was amazing
I read this one after I saw the independent movie. Basically it is a true story about kids at a high school that end up beating their friend/bully to death and then leaving him on a Florida beach for crabs to devour. Great flick and great book. I gotta say that you could probably watch the independent and get the majority of the story. The only thing you would miss is the back story for each person (who was on the honor roll and who was on probation) as well as what happens when they finally get ...more
Jan 09, 2012 Molly rated it it was ok
the fact that it's a fascinating story got it two stars. the writing, however, is terrible. the author is pretty clearly determined to make us see the killers as "evil" (the number of times that word shows up per page makes me wonder if he got paid per use) and wants us to pity the boy he spent several hundred pages making us loathe. if you want your audience to feel a certain way rather than draw their own conclusions, that isn't the way to go about it.

also...loved the constant reminders that o
Nov 16, 2015 Velvet rated it liked it
Great and easy read for a novice reader. Lots of action and cursing and about a plot to kill Ali's ex boyfriend Bobby Kent who was a bully and tormentor who just loved bullying and taking advantage of people. He had a very nasty disposition that caused these four friends to conjure up a plan to have him killed. Once they tried to get a gun but that didn't seem to work, so they killed him another way..... (spoiler alert) Well, once you read it you;ll see how he dies... but I have to say, this was ...more
Jun 18, 2010 Tenderfoot rated it did not like it
Garbage! This should be listed under "fiction" because that is exactly what most of the book is. Sure Bobby Kent was murdered by the kids he bullied and they were caught and are now serving time. However, I doubt very much that that this tragic story went down the way the author described. Don't waist your time. Believe it or not, the movie was way better and I can't stand pederast filmmaker Larry Clark either but it was.
Kevin L.
Aug 27, 2011 Kevin L. rated it liked it
During the initial pages of reading this book, I had determined that I was going to through it out after finishing. It is a disturbing read of a true life disturbing group of young people who had no regard for life, themselves or others. The book did become easier to ingest, but it was truly sad to see in writing what humans are capable of.

P.S. I will be forwarding the book to my sister and then throwing it in the trash. (per her request)
Feb 21, 2008 Andy rated it really liked it
Over-the-top tale of adolescent social dynamics, alienation, and, of course, murder. How this tale transpires follows the pattern of many of these sleazy tales of teen group murder: it involves a surreal kind of peer pressure and groupthink, and, naturally, at least a few goofballs who seem to just hitch a ride on the crazy train as it comes by. For an even more extreme take on this genre, try "Cruel Sacrifice" by Aphrodite Jones (yes, that's her name).
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