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Bully: a True Story of High School Revenge

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  1,214 ratings  ·  71 reviews

Bobby Kent was a bullya 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 vi

Mass Market, 304 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by Avon (first published 1997)
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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
Suzie Flohr
Great book, I highly recommend.
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Leslie Kent
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
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Liz  Dalton
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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
"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
Brianna Peterson
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
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.
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
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.
Howard Buchman
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
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
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
Mark R.
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
Susan Kelley
Feb 10, 2008 Susan Kelley rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
This is the true story of a gruesome murder committed by unrepentant adolescents. The shocking details of the actual murder were so unnerving that I was moved to tears when the victim begged for his life. So much darkness in both the perpetrators as well as the victim in his role as bully. The horrific murder and the callousness of the teenage-killers raises lots of valid questions.
Appalling story about 7 young people who brutally murdered one of their peers and to this day, have taken no responsibility in acknowledging their part in the crime. Most of them have parents who have made excuses for their children's actions (so there is part of the problem!).
Glenda Folsom
This book is an easy read and hard to put down. However, while I understood the characters' motives, the whole time I thought, "Okay, but there's a gotta be a better solution."
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
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
A good read. The facts of the crime were depicted well in this book. Too bad that some of the criminals are out of prison now and walking the streets among us.
R to the -izzo
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
Stephanie Chu
This book was made into a movie figure Brad Renfro. He played Boddy's best friend.
The movie is good.
Eric Matheny
Reads like fiction. Great story, gets into much more detail than the film does.
Natalie Groth
Pretty good book. I definitely recommend.
Mr. Tyler Davis
A quick read, thank God, this book is disturbing. I know that's the point but I had to take a shower after reading this. Fuck those piece of shit kids. I gave it 2 stars because the book is not as well investigated/written as it could have been.
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).
Kevin L.
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)
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