Review: Bullying Under Attack by John Meyer, Emily Sperber, Heather Alexander, Stephanie H. Meyer


17574739Title: Bullying Under Attack

Author:  John Meyer, Emily Sperber, Heather Alexander, Stephanie H. Meyer

Genre:  Current Issues

Publisher:  HCI Teens

Publication Date:  September 3, 2013

Description: WORDS ARE POWERFUL- they can inflict damage and they can heal. In this anthology of first-person accounts written by teenagers for both their peers and adults, words transform pain into hope and the possibility for change.
“Bullying Under Attack “is an eye-opening anthology of all three players in the bullying cycle. These conversational essays on life as the bullied, the bully, and the bystander provide insight and inspiration for change. Rather than offer a cumbersome psychological breakdown, this graceful and hard-hitting book places the reader firmly in the shoes of all involved.
The stories written by The Bullied explain the subtleties and agony of harassment, helping readers understand that there is more to unkind words and behavior than “just joking around.” Although many of these teens have suffered through harassment by their peers, their essays are both empowering and inspiring. By exploring the essays by The Bullies, readers will discover that the bullies are often times incorrectly labeled as bad kids, but many are simply trying to fit in, despite their own insecurities and fears. While these bullies may still have their own seemingly insurmountable obstacles at home, they share their experiences and insights hoping to manage and reform other bullies. The section voiced by The Bystander shares tales of those who have regrettably watched and those who have stepped up to help others. Here, readers will find the inspiration to speak out rather than just standing by while others are emotionally harmed.
Whether due to race, weight, or jealousy, there are a myriad of reasons “WHY.” Included in this startling compendium of personal stories that convey the complexity and nuances of what it means to be bullied, are stories of regret, promises, and encouragement that will help readers find solace during their teen years and show them how as adults their words and actions can provide strength and reassurance to others experiencing all aspects of bullying. Ultimately, they will learn to find their voices in order to break the cycle for good.


 I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley.

This book not only explains why those who are bullied allow it to keep happening but also why bullies exist and why bystanders often don’t do anything to help those being bullied. These are powerful essays not only by victims but by bullies and bystanders which helps to see all sides of the issue. It helps you to see that bullies are insecure themselves and that bullying others makes them feel powerful, popular, and better about themselves in some ways. I was heartened to read that most bullies do feel badly about the way they treat others and that many don’t even realize how badly they’re hurting those they victimize. 

“Bullying Under Attack” is a must read for teens and their parents. I think some of the stories will inspire victims to stand up for themselves, bystanders to stand up for those being bullied, and even make some bullies to realize that what they’re doing is hurtful to others. As someone who endured some bullying in high school, I wish I’d had this book available to read.

Available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

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