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Every day, all over the country, teenagers struggle with the realities of bullying. Tormented, ridiculed, and beaten—simply for being who they are—these teens face alienation, humiliation, and even the explicit assertion that they have somehow brought this upon themselves, that they should just blend in. Bullied is a series of short stories exploring the world of these tee ...more
ebook, 158 pages
Published August 12th 2011 by Dreamspinner Press
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Kwesi 章英狮
Aug 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, jeff-erno, 2011
"THE FIRST TEN LIES THEY TELL YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL
1. We are here to help you.
2. You will have time to get to your class before the bell rings.
3. The dress code will be enforced.
4. No smoking is allowed on school grounds.
5. Our football team will win the championship this year.
6. We expect more of you here.
7. Guidance counselors are always available to listen.
8. Your schedule was created with you in mind.
9. Your locker combination is private.
10. These will be the years you look back on fo
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Kyle
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it

This book should be a must read for all teenagers and their parents.

The stories are good but not as powerful as I had hoped. Even so, Jeff Erno still put together a great collection of short stories.

This collection of short stories focuses on the lives of gay teens and how they deal with being bullied. Bullying is a serious problem in our schools and believe it or not most school administrators are completely clueless about it. Whether they know it exists and ignore it or are not aware of it

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Jenre
Aug 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Although Bullied is published by Dreamspinner Press, it's not a conventional romantic anthology. Instead it's a set of seven short stories aimed at adults and YA, which all focus on the high school bullying of gay students.  Apart from maybe two of these stories, the rest do not have romantic themes and there is no sex in the book. Instead the focus is on friendship, tolerance or lack of it, the effect of suicide and the reasons for bullying or being bullied.

I had a couple of concerns coming int
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DarienMoya
^^ LEFT ME IN TEARS!^^

This book played on every emotion, every single one of them. The strongest emotion I felt was anger; because there are so many young people going through these same issues that Jeff expresses so wonderfully in this book of short stories. He manages to capture everything in these stories, with an underlying of hope and most of all love. I cried through out reading the entire book, and I commend Jeff in sharing issues facing LGBT youth.

Jeff possesses a gift. A gift of connec
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Eden Winters
You consider yourself a good person, your mouth drops open when you hear of bullying, and you wonder, "How can anyone do that or allow that to happen?" Jeff Erno shows us in "Bullied." He put me into the heads of bullies, their victims, those who stood idly by, and those who didn't know the full extent of it until it was too late. He made me think. He made me feel, "There, but for the Grace of God, goes I." And I cried. Lord, did I cry! It started just by me looking at the cover.

It's been a lon
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Trisha Harrington
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Heartbreaking, Beautiful, Honest



Bullied is a collection of seven short stories about bullying. Each are unique unto themselves. Some are about the bullied kids, others about the bullies, some have a mixture of the two and also one from the POV of the mother. They are all woven together to create a wonderful book that I am so glad I read.

One thing I feel I must say is that not all of these end happily. Not all the characters move on from High School and life is perfect. It would not be honest if
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Alex
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer, review-copy
Overall
Let me start of with a warning: This book is written with a purpose, an agenda, and a message to get across. If you didn't know about all that from the name of the book or the blurb, then the Letter from the White House and the Introduction would give it away. If you somehow started reading without getting this point, then the amount of anti-bullying might surprise you, but really you have no one to blame but yourself.

Aside from the obvious agenda and one story, which seemed weaker than t
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Jeff Erno
Jul 12, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
11/04/2011 Bullied receives an A+ Review from Man Oh Man Reviews http://manohmanreviews.blogspot.com/?...

10/18/2011 Between the Covers awards Bullied a five-star review http://creative-whimsy.blogspot.com/2...

10/8/2011 Fallen Angel Reviews awards five stars to Bullied and assigns "Recommended Read" status http://fallenangelreviews.com/2011/Se...

9/27/2011 Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club gave Bullied a great review and recommendation. http://greatmindsthinkaloud.tumblr.co...

9/20/2011 Bullied rec
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Jayded
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-read
This is one of the most powerful books I have read in a long time.
As a parent of a child who has always been unique, and bullied throughout his school years, I was very moved.
I cried at more than one of these short stories.
This is a book, that in my opinion should be required reading in all schools. It is simply, excellent.
K.Z. Snow
Jul 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A book that should be part of every middle and high school's library.
BWT (Belen)
This anthology contains a collection of seven different short stories about gay-related bullying. Some are more poignant than others (Different, Invisible), some stand out more to me from the crowd (Blending In, Different, Invisible), some were hard to believe they could end the way they did by being a little too rainbows and kittens in the end. POVs range from the bullied, the bully, and even a couple from the parents.

I'm just done

Every story has a stirring of emotion in common. Whether it's rage at the in
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Stephen
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in the topic of bullying
Seven short stories surrounding the topic of bullying. These stories cover the gamut of viewpoints, from the bully, to the victim, from a kid too scared to intervene, to one who does intervene very effectively.

While short stories are not my favorite form of literature, I do think that this work is worthwhile reading that provides a valuable message. When I started this, I expected that it was an important read but was worried that the stories would be one sad tale after another. That expectation
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Mistral
This is one of the most touching books I ever read. It's a collection of short stories about gay teens being bullied in school. Each story is told in first person and from various points of view: the victims, the bullies, the parents or friends of victims. It is a very difficult and painful reading, wich made me feel angry and sad and left me in tears, but I am really glad I read it. There is not sex in these stories, the focus is on emotions: fear, loneliness, anger, heartache, hatred, dispair, ...more
Edina Rose
Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Interesting short stories about gay teenagers and their friends, family and classmates. It is a bit painful to read because it may be fiction, it is still what many gay teenagers face every day: bullying.

Now, the theme is great (bonus for that), but the short stories try too hard to sum up in a few words a large variety of homophobic acts and it shows. It gives a "fabricated" feel to the stories. Less would have been more.

In spite of that, I enjoyed reading this book.

Blending in Thre
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Maria47
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Like all of Jeff's books this one is brilliant and exceptional.
All short stories are perfectly written and have the potential to get under your skin, some of them even to shake you to the core.

Bullied makes you aware why bullying can happen: There are no black and white stories, with an evil thug and the poor victim you sympathize with. Jeff shows us bullying means more: It is an interaction between many people and when you look in the mirror you can see a person who most likely was part of bul
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Yahir Garcia
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god... i don't know how to explain this... this book moved some deep feelings in my inside.
The entire book was awesome, and each story is better than the las one, every character has something special.Even when i was reading and thinking "this has no sense" it does, and moves your feelings in wonderful ways.
For my this book means so much, because i'm that kind of bullied guy whom is feminine, but still been a human being; and this reminds me that im not alone, and that i have not to be ash
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SueM
A collection of short stories focusing the effects of bullying on young gay men, told from varying points of view - the victim, the bully or from the family/friends of the victim/bully. These stories are short but have an intense impact upon the reader - at one stage I was literally sobbing, and while I get teary frequently, very rarely do I get to the sobbing stage! If dealing with topics such as abuse (physical, verbal and peripherally sexual) and suicide is difficult for you, then you may not ...more
Laura M
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
This is an excellent anthology of short stories about high school kids who are bullied, and what happens to their lives. The book does more than just tell the story of the victims, but also the family and friends, who see the consequences of bullying. The book is not as sad as I thought it might, because each story shows someone beginning to learn and understand the destruction that can be caused. It gives a small sense of hope that things can change even if it is only one student, and one situa ...more
Utkarsh
School students must read this book.

Each story teaches you some kind of lesson. All the stories has happy ending except one. Few stories are hard to believe because characters were too good to be true. Even though, each story is unique in its own way. It also address multiple type of bullying. And stories not only questions the bully but also the bystanders, parents. It also throws light on victim's psychology.

I think I liked the last story very much ( about fat kid). But all stories are likeab
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Martijn Hartman-maatman
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay-romance
Not one story, but a collection of short stories. All about bullying, all about gay boys. The stories are nice, but I hate the fact that they never had a happy ending where two boys found each other and so on.

Once again, Jeff Erno delivered a masterpiece.
Gavin Stephenson-Jackman
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's really too bad that the bullying that Jeff describes in these short stories happens every day. As adults we must really examine how we interact with each other, the children are watching and picking up our bad habits.
David
Oct 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay-and-lesbian
Excellent book of short story views into teen bullying. I highly recommend for use in the middle school and high school library and for councilor education.
David Shuler
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was an emotionally roller coaster ride. I was all over the spectrum of emotions after reading this book. sad, then mad, then crying, then happy, and laughing. It is well worth reading. Because it is an eye opener as to what young gay people have to endure from their peers growing up, if they are one bit different from everyone else.
ManOhMan
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Reviewed by Joe: I am a big advocate against bully, especially bullying against LGBT youth. I believe there isn’t enough publicized resources that they can turn to so when I saw this title up for review I knew I had to read it and I am mighty glad I did. I feel that Mr. Erno’s latest collection of short stories should be REQUIRED reading in every high school and middle school in the world.

Be prepared, the stories in this collection are very hard to get through. It took me a couple weeks to get
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Kitty Austin
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"BULLIED" BY JEFF ERNO

This book was incredibly moving. It delves deep into several stories of being bullied and how hard it is on the younger generation today. The stories all relate to kids that are homosexual and how they are treated in school by their peers. It also shows how kids are viewed differently depending on their personalities. What I found most interesting is it doesn't matter if a person is homosexual, sometimes they are treated differently depending on how they present themselves
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Jeffery
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
A series of short stories compiled into this wonderful collection. The stories vary in terms of depth, sub-themes and of course plot. They all, indeed, at one point or another, are related to homosexuality, school and bullying.

Blending In: It's a sweet little story to kick off this book, with its share of intense moments.

Chuckie: Another sweet little story that comes with a great lesson and an engaging story flow.

Saved: This is my personal favorite. I think this is rather deep and certainly see
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Michelle
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book! It's a collection of short stories about gay teens getting bullied for being gay. I almost cried when I read some of them, and actually did cry when reading "Different", which was the most powerful story in my opinion.
John
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A compilation of short stories about gay related bullying in high school. Every story in here made me an emotional wreck. Jeff Erno has crafted an amazing heart-wrenching anthology. Each one of them are really powerful with the messages they convey. What's also great about this is that not all stories are told from the victim of bullying. Some are told from the pov of the bully, and one from the parent of a victim. Erno proves to be master in emotionally charged stories without making them over- ...more
Bee
Dec 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an anthology containing a collection of different short stories about LGBTQ-related bullying. They all contain stereotypes and well-worn excuses for mistreating someone, and yes, some of the stories are definitely better than others.

You know I have a lot of opinions, but since this is for a good cause I’m going to hold my peace and just tell you to find out what you think of these stories for yourself. Within the first year of publishing the proceeds from this book are donated to charit
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Álex
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jeff-erno
Uma coletânea realmente completa, sob diferentes perspectivas e em diferentes contextos, onde cada história representa uma voz.

É uma leitura agridoce porém, há a indignação e a impotência, e o desejo mal-contido de simplesmente fazê-lo parar, mesmo que seja uma história, mesmo que não seja algo "real", porque é extremamente real em sua ficção. Os personagens envolvidos nessas histórias estão espalhados pelo mundo afora, em diferentes localidades, com diferentes nomes e aparências, mas que padece
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Jeff Erno currently lives in southern Michigan. He holds a bachelor's degree in business management and human resources. Jeff began writing stories in the late 1990's and initially posted them to a free online amateur website. The positive feedback he received from readers encouraged him to continue, and this eventually led to the publication of his first novel, Dumb Jock. Erno has subsequently pu ...more
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“They‟re from my best friend,” I said. “They‟re from my best gay friend, Curtis Chapman.” He stood there, frozen, possibly thinking I was joking. “Curtis won‟t be back. He got out… he was saved. He won‟t have to be called names, picked on, tortured, and assaulted anymore. He‟s gone to a different school, and your days of bullying him are over.” “Jon, the kid‟s a fag!” “And he‟s my best friend, and I love him… and so does God” 4 likes
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