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Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories

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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 th
Paperback, First Edition, 369 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by HarperTeen
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Tamora Pierce
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
79 writers describe their bully experiences--as victims or as bullies--in essay, poem, or graphic form in this book. Everything is brief, so some of the pieces seem a bit pat, but the experiences are varied, and what one person says doesn't work, such as "ignore them" does work for someone else. There's plenty of food for thought here, for teenagers and adults. A couple of writers even point out that bullying doesn't stop at college and adulthood.

The main points that aren't stressed, but that co
70 authors came together to tell their stories. Most are about being bullied. Some are
about being the bully. Some are about not stopping a bully or helping the bullied.
These are painful memories to be sure, but they all come to the conclusion--it get's
better and you do survive and can thrive. In the wake of so many child/teen suicides
that have their roots in bullying, these authors chose to make their stand. Here are
some of the statistics that the book starts out with:

--Every 7 minutes a child
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've really taken my time reading this moving and powerful anthology. It tackles one very important subject...


These are honest and deeply raw stories from a huge number of authors about their own personal experiences with bullying. Each message is written with a unique voice and vary from those with humour to those saying what they've always wanted to say to their bully.

From schoolyard bullies and beyond, these are messages, letters to the bully, the things you really want to say now, t
Mimi Valentine
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
If there's one thing in the world I feel strongly against, it's bullying. I hate that there are wars and hunger and conflicts and stereotypes, yet I know that some of those things are inevitable. But bullying? I really, truly, honestly believe that there isn't ANY reason why bullying should happen!

Dear Bully is a collection of stories from 70 authors who have either been bullied, a bully, or a bystander. And they're all so powerful in their own way — it blows my mind away how much these authors
Victoria Scott
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A must read for anyone who has ever been bullied, or bullied someone else. It was so amazing to read all the authors', many who I greatly admire, personal stories. I commend each of you for sharing, and for making my own story a little easier to carry. ...more
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
I've been reading this anthology for a couple of days now. The reason I haven't finished it in a day is that a lot of stories are telling the same tale over and over again. It was a really good book but I just wanted them not to be categorized- stories about authors being bullied in one part, authors being bullies themselves in another, 'it get's better' stories and doing nothing while someone is bullied in the last one.

I don't normally read non-fiction but I had to pick this book up because I
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
If you have ever been bullied, pick this book up!

If you've ever been a bully and wondered if your words and actions really effected the person you bullied, pick this book up!

If you've ever thought bullying doesn't really effect anyone, than you REALLY need to pick this book up

If you're dealing with a bully or know someone who is, GO PICK THIS BOOK UP, because you will realize you are not alone! In fact, you're far from it. There's a whole slew of authors who know what you're going through and b
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

All I have to say is this was an amazing book and although I didn't like the writing style for some authors, I definitley found some of my new favorites!! I honestly loved this book so much!!
In the end, I'll give it 5 stars, as this book will really hit some people, and I'm one of those people. Other people will hate this book, and to each his/her own opinion.

~~~~~~~~~~ 3/12

I can really only make it through some of these stories...It just really brings back painful memories, of which GR is no forum to rehash. I'm over it.

On the one hand, this book deserves just one star. Bullying is just one of those things that no matter the conversation, no matter the books written about it, the
Nov 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Though this book is targeted for teen readers, as the mom of two young children, one on the cusp of middle-school-dom, I was very interested to check out this book for myself. A compilation of letters written by many well-known authors for teens, I urge everyone to pick up a copy of this book! Dear Bully not only gives us the perspective of those that were bullied but also the side of the bully. And what it shows us is that everyone has been a part of bullying whether they know it or not.

Even g
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I got this book because the subject matter hits particularly close to home. Not only was I bullied all through middle school and high school, but my youngest cousin committed suicide a little less than three years ago after an embarrassing photo of her was circulated among her classmates online. She had just turned 15, a high school freshman.

It was a shock to our family, and the amount of damage that was inflicted on those she left behind is irreparable.

This particular book was a compilation of
I recommend this book to everyone. It is not just for children, teens, parents or teachers. Bullying does not always stop at childhood or college, it can continue on into adulthood and exist in any social situation: family, personal relationships, work, groups/clubs, doctor to patient, neighborhoods...anywhere people may interact, and it is worthwhile to recognize it for what it is, and understand both how to deal with it, how not to respond, and that it is not a reflection of *you.*

What people
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad that I picked up Dear Bully. Many of the stories were very touching. The authors were either bystanders, the ones being bullied, or the bully themselves. There was a variety of how the people had experienced bullying, whether it was physical, emotional, or if it involved someone they knew well, or didn't know at all. This is a must read for everybody. ...more
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Snatched up for $3 at AllBooks4Less stall at shopping centre. :))

[My thoughts]
I wouldn't even know how to review this book properly. Some of the things I have written below are kind of personal, and while I don't go into any details it can be hard to share things that had once weighed so heavily on your heart. As such, not many people know about it.

So it took 3-4 weeks to finish this anthology. Some of them were great and awe-inspiring, others less so. But overall I really liked Dear Bully. The
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was an emotional roller coaster. I know that I mentioned earlier that I don't usually read more than one book at a time, unless it's one print book and one audio book. But with Dear Bully, I had to put it aside for a while and pick up another book, because the stories in this book were evoking such strong emotions that I couldn't keep reading through my tears.

With that being said, I am incredibly grateful to have read this collection. As the title implies, the book contains stories fro
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I picked this book up without knowing what I was getting myself into exactly. Stories about bullies, of course, but what would they say? I suppose you could say I have strong views on bullying, so I think that's what caused my hesitation. I can definitely say that I did not regret picking up this book.

What I liked the most about this anthology is the fact that it had stories about different kinds of bullying. Instead of only reading stories of kids who were physically bullied, what many think of
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read for teachers, parents, teens, and anyone else who wants to put a stop to bullying.

I heard about this book through a couple of Facebook connections, and I immediately knew I had to get my hands on this book as soon as it came out. I am VERY glad that I did.

I am a middle school teacher, and I see behavior that is clearly bullying, but most of what I see is "friendly fire" between students. It is sometimes difficult to see the line between playful banter among friends and
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book blew my mind as I knew it would. I'm not familiar with even half of the authors that contributed, but it was still incredible knowing that so many authors suffered from the similar issues growing up. My favorite story might be Luz by Melodye Shore or Frenemies are not Friends by Michelle Zink. Those stories stuck out for me. It was nice to read so many different perspectives. Some authors were bullied, some authors were the bullies, and some authors just stood there in the background ...more
Kelly Hager
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Like many teens I was bullied. It happened in middle school and they were two of the worst years of my life. Fortunately, it was before the internet, so at least home was safe. I don't know how kids today deal with it, when they also have to contend with text messages and Facebook and everything.

This book will help, too. It's isolating and makes you feel like everyone hates you and you're a freak and nobody ever has felt like that before. But here are 70 authors saying, well, yeah, but I felt th
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Teachers, you must read this book. Notice how many of the authors tried to reach out to an adult only, at best, to be ignored or given a pat cliche, and at worst, to have more heaped on. Only in one story did the adults active advocate for the student, and she cited that as one of the things that helped her survive her ordeal. The wide variety of perspectives on their bullying experiences was really interesting. Some people were able to let it go after many years, or view it through some kind of ...more
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Really uncomfortable to read. But it's inspiring and important - I love it. ...more
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 rounded up. A compilation of short stories and essays from today's young adult authors on bullying: both on the receiving and giving side of it. In today's reality of school shootings and suicides because of bullying this book is really relevant. Although a few of the stories seemed forced or half hearted, there are plenty that will hit home to both kids and adults. Kids can be mean and hurtful. Words can hurt just as much, if not more, than physical injuries. In a nutshell, be kind. Be yo ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
Hopefully validating to those who were ever bullied.
Robin Tobin (On the back porch reading)
Oh My! R.L. Stine’s was the best! I loved how he used humor and his creativity to silence those who bullied him... R.L. Stine living his creativity real-time.
You are not alone. God, I would have loved to hear those words as an outcast seventh grader whose best friend just ditched her for the popular crowd. I sure as hell felt alone. Sure, the teachers knew what was happening: a boy in band would blow his spit through his trumpet and into my hair, a boy in gym class constantly called me gendered insults before I really even knew what those words meant, a certain gym teacher loved to call on me to demonstrate because I had no athletic ability. He would ...more
Magic Shop
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of memoirs/nonfiction/short stories and going against bullying.
Recommended to Magic Shop by:, public library, my sister.
Every year, I try to read at least one memoir/nonfiction book. I was so glad I was able to read this one and it was AMAZING!!! Which could be why I was able to finish it in one day. Not only did it contain short stories from some of my favorite authors, but it focused on one topic that is deep within me. I have heard a lot of bullying throughout the years. When I was younger I didn't really understand, but over the course of the years, I witnessed it more and more. I'm sure I will see it more in ...more
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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When I first heard about this book I knew right away that I had to get my hands on it but I was somewhat reluctant to read it once I did have it only because most of my life I was bullied and made fun of because of certain medical problems. I still hold a piece of that hurt deep within my heart so it was hard for me to be able to turn the first page of Dear Bully but once I did I keep reading and reading I began to see that I was not alo
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Originally reviewed on my blog Reading the Best of the Best.

This book was hard to read for me. I’d read reviews before for books that dealt with sexual assault or another topic that might “trigger” something in the reader. I never understood what that meant until I read this book. The thing is, I was bullied a lot when I was younger. As I read this book, I remembered all the times I was called fat, ugly, stupid, poor, rich, teacher’s pet, obnoxious and so much more. It was hard and I cried nume
Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
(Originally posted @ CSI:Librarian.)

I'll admit that I had to read this in very small doses because it definitely stirred up a lot of bad, painful memories for me. I'm glad I read it, of course, but high school was one of the worst experiences of my life thus far.

A lot of contributions go into how life goes on after bullying and after high school, which is terrific since all of these authors can relate to what tweens and teens are currently going through. Not all of the authors in the anthology c
This book was disturbing yet engrossing. I read almost the whole thing in one sitting.

Bullying affects so many kids and this book gives an indication of how wide spread this problem is. Likely most of the people reading the book that are bullies or have been wouldn't recognize themselves thinking that they haven't done anything wrong. They do not realize the impact that it is on the victim their whole life. Maybe some don't intend to be mean, they may see it as just teasing but they aren't on th
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Megan Kelley Hall's first YA novels SISTERS OF MISERY and THE LOST SISTER were published by Kensington in August 2008 and 2009. Both books were recently re-released into mass market and optioned for film by Hollywood director, Allison Anders.

Hall is co-editor of an anthology about bullying for HarperCollins Publishers entitled DEAR BULLY: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperTeen, Sept. 2011).


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“Bullying is a horrible thing. It sticks with you forever. It poisons you. But only if you let it.” 22 likes
“My self-wroth is not linked to your cruel words and actions.

My self-esteem is not affected by your deliberate attempts to destroy my character.

You have no power over me.

You will not silence me.”
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