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The Survival Guide to Bullying: Written by a Kid for a Kid

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  54 reviews
"One day I realized that I had to create a little, yet powerful survival guide that any kid could use as a life-saving device when they were being bullied in the gym, the cafeteria, the locker room, the hallways - anywhere. A guide that could help any kid dry their tears and put a half smile on their face. A guide that could convince a kid to come out of the bathroom stall ...more
Published September 28th 2014 by BookBaby (first published September 25th 2014)
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Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book... Review to come
I gave this ARC 5/5 stars

I will start with how I came across this book. On the second day of the BookExpo, I think I was waiting in line to get a book signed by Jennifer E. Smith for Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between, a girl behind me asked me if I was a blogger. I told her I was and helping out one of my favorite authors, Sophie Davis. I asked her if she was a blogger, and to my total surprise, she told me she was an author. I was so shocked, because
Cindy Hudson
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bullied during middle school and high school, Aija Mayrock decided to write a book to help others who may be suffering as well. The Survival Guide to Bullying: Written by a Teen is her small book with the potential for a big impact on its readers.

Drawing on her own experience and including advice from experts, Mayrock has created a guide that can be read straight through, or readers can choose the chapters that may be most relevant to them at the moment and start there. It’s easy to go back over
Mrs. Scott
Mar 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I read this for a conference review.... Author has writing talent as evidenced in her "roems"--rap poems--which open each short chapter in this short book. Positive message, encouragement to speak to parents-adults... No inclusion of faith as a method of growth, or any legal ramifications/ protections especially in area of cyber bullying. This little book could help teens to feel not so alone.

A guide to surviving bullying that doesn't talk about the statistics on kids being bullied for their sexuality or gender identity is not complete. A guide to surviving bullying that lists the Trevor Lifeline in the back WITH NO INFORMATION ON WHAT IT IS is almost useless. Why are you not alerting LGBTQIA+ kids who need help which resources are targeted for them?

Also each chapter (and the book) begins with a poem. A really really terrible poem. Oh, no, sorry, a "roem." Which this pretty strai
Stacy Mallory
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Not a book I would normally pick out, and I hated her rapping poem at the beginning of each chapter. This book is amazing for kids that are going through a rough time in life. It gives real life scenarios and step by step instructions on how to deal with real life situations. It was such a postitive, try this, okay that didn't work try this type of book that I was really drawn in.
Pairing "The Loser List" with "The Survival Guide to Bullying" seemed straightforward because of two main reasons. The first is the similarity in the topic and the style of the authors' writing. Second is the structural similarities in the books. While they are different genres, there is a strong connection in the style. Both seem like a journal or diary the speaker of the text is writing. The style similarity could help a fourth-grade student see the connections between the two texts.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good book. The information was very well written for a young author. I would recommend this book to anyone. It made me think about a lot of things in my own childhood. I wish there was a book like this when I was growing up.
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm not the target audience for this book. But it's a great resource for anyone suffering from bullying or feeling left out. I love Aija's roems, that's why I picked up this book, and she didn't disappoint me! Can't wait to read more from Aija!
Erica Wagner
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great book for kids written by a kid who endured years of bullying. I read this because my child is already experiencing some mean girl behavior. It is heartbreaking that this behavior starts at seven. I’m glad this book exists.
Julie Kwiat
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
quick easy read that sent a real inspiring message. I love that the author wrote from personal experience. It really effected me on a personal level.
Graham Downs
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's designed, as the title suggests, as a survival guide for kids who are being bullied, but there are so many different layers, I think that it could really benefit anyone, at any age.

Aija's story is both sad and inspirational. She doesn't give too many details about her own personal experience with bullying; just enough for you to know that this girl knows what she's talking about, and for you to understand that, if you're being bullied, you're not alone.

Much o
Aug 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted on Children's Atheneum

Bullying is a popular topic in children's books these days, both non-fiction and fiction. Perhaps it is because the idea of bullying is so universal. Even the bullies usually have their own torments and tormentors. My own bullies were those in my neighborhood, kids who thought my family was weird for whatever reasons (some more legit than others). Besides sibling spats, I have only been hit by two people in my life, both kids who lived a few houses
Michelle Wrona
This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!

Thankfully, I've never been bullied. Thankfully, I've found this book by the inspirational Aija Mayrock. I'm thankful for a lot of things that this book gave me and other readers, and as I'm writing this review, it's Thanksgiving which also leads us in this awesome grateful, thankful spirit of the year. The Survival Guide to Bullying is witty, interesting and captivating. It teaches you how to find yourself with adora
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Summer is almost over and that means back to school shopping. An essential school supply, especially for tweens and teens is The Survival Guide to Bullying: Written by a Teen by debut author Aija Mayrock. While most non-fictions books that address bullying are written by adults, which offer a myriad of statistics and cold hard facts, The Survival Guide to Bullying: Written by a Teen, has a different and refreshing approach. A
Johanna Sawyer
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the author for a copy to read and review.

I have to say that the author is something pretty special, to provide a book for other children to cope with bullying. Nice viewpoints, and I agree that if this book helps just one child Aija.... Then you will have done something pretty great.
Survival is the key thing here. So many children are giving up there right to live because of another's bullying. Losing just one child to this is a shame. I really like the battlefield plan, because when
I don't know if there ever be an end to bullying, so this book becomes a necessity for some kids. Mayrock was bullied for most of her school career, and she talks very openly about her feelings about that, and how she struggled. Her most important message to kids is that they are fine the way they are, that they need to be themselves, in spite of the bullying.

She has specific techniques to use to endure bullying, combat it, etc. Most are super positive, and that's what a lot of kids need to hea
Aija Mayrock's Survival Guide to Bullying would be a useful addition to any collection serving tweens and teens. Mayrock is a teen writing to teens; she was bullied for many years and uses that experience to reach out to younger teens who may be experiencing the same situations. Each chapter ends with a poem written by teens and all of the chapters include helpful tips and advice on dealing with and stopping bullying. Mayrock is realistic in her approach, in that she does not promise resolution, ...more
Jennifer Gallman
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From my Monday Mentions feature on

Written by a Teen: Who doesn’t want to read something that’s genuine by someone who’s been there?

Colorful and Bold: Aija’s most important pieces of advice are bolded in blue, with larger, various fonts that are kid friendly and eye catching.

Roems: Rap poems to open each chapter and discuss Aija’s struggles with being a victim of bullying.

Doodles: I am 31, and I still doodle. Sometimes you just need to free your mind for a moment! From
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I bought this for my 8th grader who is suffering the growing pains of some kids just not being nice, and later for my 3rd grader. It's a quick read, Aija's hand written poems with doodles in her notebook are interspersed throughout the book. Some pages are written up like text messages between present self to future self. She's got a lot of really good, practical advice for everything from cyber bullying, verbal bullying, to physical bullying, or just being left out. I have a lot of respect for ...more
Kayla Kruger
This guide/book is an amazing tool to have available in the classroom for any kid that is struggling with bullying. As a teacher, I feel it is a must read as well. It not only provides support for the kids but also shows them how to gain a new level of self confidence in themselves. Teachers and parents can learn a lot about how it is effecting their children and what kind of advice you can give them. I was bullied al through elementary school and again for a little bit in high school. If I had ...more
Tina Peterson
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This guide is a complete guide on bullying & offers many tips, easy to understand explanations and how to's for kids & adults on what bullying is. I love that Aija looks at both sides of the subject and shows WHY kids are Bullies or Bullied. She suggests how to get help, steps you can take to fix the situation and even talks about what she did to not let becoming a victim take over her life.

This book should be on every library shelf, on every families bookshelf, and included in the Engli
Peggy Tibbetts
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Are you the victim of a bully? As Aija Mayrock, the teen who wrote this book, will tell you growing up is hard enough. Toss a bully or two into the mix and your self-esteem can take a real beating. Mayrock, herself a victim of bullying, offers young people of all ages, especially teens, practical suggestions for navigating the gauntlet of bullies in school and online. Mayrock incorporates survival tips and conversations with your inner self to help you develop a more positive mental attitude. Ma ...more
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ. I just came across it a few days ago and read it in one sitting. Every single parent, teacher, adult, kid, and teenager should be reading this book. Not only does it help kids deal with bullying, but it teaches kids how to talk to their parents or other trusted adults. It also talks about how to gain confidence, make friends, and find your passion.

I'm 45 years old and I LEARNED something from this book. I only wish I had this while going through high school. It would ha
I have only skimmed this, not read it.
This book is catchy and attractive, but has chapters like,
"Why me? Because you're a normal kid!"
"Getting help: becoming your own superhero!"
"Cyberbullying: Pressing delete"
These are written casually, using different fonts (maybe too many) -- as poetry, letters, hints and tips, checklists.
I would feel comfortable recommending this to a troubled teen, and would note that p. 149 lists SOME of the hotlines, but that the library has access to a number of oth
Mrs. Murfee
Mar 25, 2016 rated it liked it
While I believe that this resource would be helpful to upper elementary and some middle school students, many concepts are oversimplified. Much of the information is common sense and assumes that bullied students have involved parents who are mentally healthy & emotionally available. Some suggestions (how to avoid bullies, have an escape plan BEFORE bullying occurs, etc.) were helpful, but, again, many suggestions were easier said than done.

I applaud Miss Mayrock for her survival and passion
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reading this as an adult I still found it charming and worth reading. I like some of the definite pros are her focus on staying active, reaching out, and taking the time to address cyber bullying. Most of the advice in the book is very general for teens being bullied but I can see how it would have been helpful during my high school days. I didn't care for some of the style choices of the book but that is totally personal preference. I recommend this to any younger people struggling with self es ...more
Laurie Brumbaugh
While the advice in this book sometimes seemed oversimplified and made me think, "easier said than done," I think the message is positive and uplifting, making it a good choice for any child or teen being bullied. I think young readers will also appreciate that this is written by a teen. The format is appealing and the resources in the back of the book are also very helpful. It's appropriate for even elementary students and would make a solid addition to any library.
Feras Akileh
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Survival Guide To Bullying is an amazing book. It really captures what it's like to be a teen under stress. It helps kids and teens understand what they are going through. It helps teens build a good future for themselves. This book is great because the author herself has been through this type of thing and it's wonderful to know that a person that has been through something like this wants and is helping other kids. The Survival Guide To Bullying is a truly inspirational book.
Kristy Isla
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nyra-2017
I really really enjoyed this book. I think the author is very matter of fact and really focuses on what those being bullied need to know, that there is nothing wrong with them, it is the other people's problems if they don't like you. I almost wish this books could be given to every student in middle school especially as bullying usually starts at the beginning of it if not sooner.
Ben Peterson
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An easy, fun(yet has a quite serious topic) read. This book is a step-by-step walkthrough of all the things you should do if bullied, and puts you in the shoes of someone who is being bullied. Written by an innovative and fellow teen, this book has all the tips that you need to know and understand to live a happy, bully-free life.
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Aija Mayrock is a 19-year-old girl who experienced bullying firsthand. Instead of letting her experiences break her down, she channeled her positive energy into writing and self-publishing The Survival Guide to Bullying, where she shares the strategies that helped her survive and thrive. Aija writes about how to handle bullying, cyber bullying, dealing with fear, personal safety, and ultimately cr ...more