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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 teeEvery 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 teens from several different viewpoints: the victim, the bully, the gay bystander, the straight friend, the concerned parent. Closeted Bryan wonders why Christian Michaelson doesn't just try to blend in if he hates being bullied so much. Star athlete David isn't a homophobe—after all, he's not afraid of anything. Jonathan, a Christian fundamentalist, must weigh the Bible against peer pressure and what he knows is right when he discovers his childhood friend is gay. Bully victim Chase Devereaux finds an unexpected ally in a brave fellow student. A single mom struggles to accept the reality that her only son is gay. Two tough gay teens are forced to confront their own inner demons when tragedy befalls a classmate they failed to help. And overweight Kirby finds the strength of character to make a friend, which leads to a lifestyle change and a chance at love. Each character grows as an individual as he or she comes to terms with what it means to be a gay teenager in America....

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  • Kwesi 章英狮
    2018-11-16 13:56

    "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 fondly. TEN MORE LIES THEY TELL YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL 1. You will use algebra in your adult lives. 2. Driving to school is a privilege that can be taken away. 3. Students must stay on campus during lunch. 4. The new text books will arrive any day now. 5. Colleges care more about you than your SAT scores. 6. We are enforcing the dress code. 7. We will figure out how to turn off the heat soon. 8. Our bus drivers are highly trained professionals. 9. There is nothing wrong with summer school. 10. We want to hear what you have to say."- From Speak by Laurie Halse AndersonHow many kids or teens have been bullied every day? Do you think employees, other students and teachers are part of it? How many lives do we have to kill and destroy? As a bystander, I saw a lot of kids bullied in school when I was in high school. Not because I never cared for them but because I don't like to be bullied like them, it is normal for us to think of it and to protect ourselves from the bullies. I ask myself many times after reading every short story included in the book. Do we really have to be quiet while watching those kids tortured physically and mentally? We as a bystander have to put ourselves in the right position, be the generation of anti-bullies and help them to stand out. Keep our school clean from the outburst of the cry and laugh and let them feel what they have done to those who are weak.Most of the bullied are gays, a lot of kids and teens lately stand out and proud to be gay. But what does it take for them to be gay and different to the society? Be bullied and mock by others because of their differences and be a coward forever? No. They deserve what a normal people do; they are still human but thought to be hypocrite in the society. They are open to anything; artistic and very friendly but only few understand and know them.There also times that gays are overreacting, too captivating of themselves and too proud of being gay. I'm not against to any sexes and I have a story to tell, something irritating in my part. When I go to the cafeteria there is a gay keep on shouting and singing very loud and everyone is looking at him and he never cared. He lose his moral and as well as the respect of others. See how happy he is but the irritation he gets from others worsen and most or maybe few gays are like himBullied by Jeff Erno is a compilation of short stories related to gay bullied and how they survive such racism from friends and school mates. A typical school stuff but something more unique for me. Each story has different characters and different narrators. You can see how they manage to think about gays and how they bullied them. This book really makes sense and I'm glad I read it.I know readers have speculation whether the book contains sex and the truth is none. This book is completely safe and people don't have to eek in the middle of the book. I also wonder how he wrote the novel, to make other characters more masculine compared to the other character. I imagine kids like them bullied in a very young age and I pity those bullies. I wish this book will help teens to open their eyes to new possibilities and let us stop bullying in school.Super thanks to NetGalley for sharing an advance copy of the book and I'm thankful too to Dreamspinner Press to make this book possible for the public.Review posted on (I'm planning to create a new blog for YA, stay tune).Rating: Bullied by Jeff Erno, 4 SweetsChallenges:Book #237 for 2011

  • Kyle
    2018-10-26 11:49

    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 I'm not sure. My boyfriend and I started an anti-bullying campaign in our high school and faced constant opposition from administrators who claimed the school didn't have an issue with bullying.Though the stories in this book are nothing compared to some of the stories I've heard they are still touching. If you are not aware of what kids are facing today for just being different then you MUST read this book. It will definitely open your eyes. It's not made up, it happens every day, in every school, in every country, all across the world. In case you hadn't noticed I really hate bullies.

  • Jenre
    2018-10-29 14:35

    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 into reading this anthology.  Firstly, I was worried that the stories were going to be depressing, or that they would all end up badly and I would be left feeling unhappy.  Actually, despite there being some difficult scenes, all the stories are essentially about hope and mostly end well.  Even the most difficult story containing suicide has an ending where there is a significant change in attitude and a reason for hope.  My second worry was that because of the theme, each story would be too similar.  Again, this turned out not to be the case on the whole.  The only similarities in the story tended to be the physical characteristics of the victim - usually small, slightly effeminate in voice and mannerisms, and unwilling or unable to stand up for themselves - and the bully, who tended to be athletic, popular and and bit of a jock.  However, given that, on the whole, those tend to be the characteristics of a victim of bullying and of the bully in real life, I could forgive that similarity.What made this anthology very interesting in my view was that each story showed bullying from a different perspective.  The first story, Blending In, which actually turned out to be my favourite, was written from the point of view of gay student, Bryan. He is not being bullied because he's quite straight-acting and not out to anyone except his friend.  The victim of bullying is the rather flamboyant, Christian, who's over-the-top behaviour and actions makes Bryan cringe.  At first he has little sympathy for Christian and genuinely believes that he brings the bullying on himself by not toning down his 'act'.  As the story progresses and Bryan gets to know Christian a little better, so his attitude and willing to help Christian changes.  I liked that the story highlighted that it's not only straight people who can be complicit in bullying incidents.In fact this was not the only story to explore the idea that those who stand back and do nothing are just as to blame as those throwing the punches or making the threats and calling names.  In what turned out to be the most emotionally painful story,  Different, the story takes four separate narratives. The first narrator, Caiden, is gay and the victim of sustained bullying because of his size and lack of athleticism. The second narrator, Rick, is openly gay, but his confidence, athleticism and charm means that he's generally well liked and so doesn't get bullied. The third narrator, Tina, is a tough lesbian who despises weakness in others and uses her strength and  sharp tongue to ensure she never gets bullied.  The fourth narrator is the mother of a teen suicide who looks back, too late, on how her behaviour and words contributed to the death of her son.  It was powerful and moving to see how the actions of all the characters, had they been just slightly different, could have altered the tragedy that occurs.My second favourite story was the last story in the anthology, Kirby, which tells of Kirby who, as well as being gay, is also fat.  His best friend from school betrays him in a humiliating way and Kirby feels lost and alone until he meets Dustin, a new kid in school. I like Kirby a great deal and rejoiced as he slowly gained self-confidence. The scene at the end, left me smiling and was a good way to end an anthology of stories containing what had been a difficult theme to read at times.As well as having the views of the victims of bullying a couple of the stories are taken from the views of bullies. The first of these stories is taken from the view of a jock who bullies a weaker gay student and the way his girlfriend helps to show a different side to the victim. The second story focuses on a student whose Christian upbringing blinkers him to the fact that his intolerance towards his former best friend is a form of bullying, especially when he turns a blind eye to how others are treating his friend.  I was a little concerned at first that this would turn into a 'all Christians are intolerant bigots' story, but that wasn't the case at all and the story was actually very balanced in its handling of the theme.The theme of bullying means that there are some scenes in these stories which will be painful for some readers.  There are descriptions of violence, casual taunts, cyber-bullying and sustained abusive behaviour towards those who have done nothing to deserve the treatment they get.  However, as I said earlier, each story contains a thread of hope and many left me feeling happy that things are changing for the victim, mostly because of the actions of a friend and the knowledge that the victim is no longer alone in their struggles.  I urge you not to let the more violent parts of the book put you off reading the stories.  As well as being about bullying, the stories are also about the struggles that teenagers face in school, in their friendships and in their relationships with adults. It would the ideal book to give to a teenager who is struggling with bullying, as the YA theme is sensitively handled.Overall, I very much enjoyed this anthology.  Yes, it was a difficult theme, but it was also very rewarding and satisfying to read these stories. The quality of the writing was high and the use of the first person narrative was particularly effective in getting into the minds of the victims and the bullies.  Even more encouraging is that the author is giving all royalties made in the first year of selling this anthology to an anti-bullying charity and DSP is matching those contributions too.  Talk about putting your money where your mouth is!  I recommend Bullied. It's a book you should read and recommend to your teenage children or grandchildren.

  • DarienMoya
    2018-11-02 16:53

    ^^ 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 connecting to the reader and making you feel for all his characters. I never cry for any other books as much as I do for a Jeff Erno book. In Bullied all seven of these wickedly emotional stories had me in tears, whether from sadness or from pure joy.The Stories: Blending In, Chuckie, Saved, Different, Invisible, Shame, Kirby. All these stories could have been a repetitive mess, but instead each story offers up a variety of content. Though the victims all seem familiar, in the end it’s a realistic view on what some people might think “a male should not be”. Because males are supposed to be tough, grow 6ft tall, and play extreme sports (gimme a break).What makes this book truly special is the talent the author has to make each character believable. From the bully, to the victim, or the mom trying to wrap her mind around her son being gay. It was like reading a story about real people, and their struggles. Though you might think. Man, this book sounds depressing. This book mostly is about friendship, love and the power to overcome all.I have to say Kirby is my favourite story in the bunch. The fat kid who was bullied, by none other than someone who claims to be his best-friend. After being humiliated and made to feel horrible about himself. Kirby still came out on top. Loved it so much. My least favourite (not because it sucked) and the saddest (the reason) of them all is Different. Different manages to touch on gay hierarchy, where another gay person feels that they are better than the other is. I guess if we are going to stop discrimination, we need to start on the inside. Different was very hard for me read, and though the ending is optimistic, still left an ache in my heart.Overall, I recommend this read. One of these stories is guaranteed to resonate with its reader. You might really love one or you might love them all. I can honestly say this is one powerful book.

  • Eden Winters
    2018-11-03 13:37

    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 long time since I was in high school, and though there was bullying then, it pales in comparison to what kids today must deal with. Though we read it in the papers, through his writing Mr. Erno allows us to feel the despair, the pain, the hatred, and every other imaginable emotion. And then he gives us hope, leaving us with a positive message: that if we don't allow bullying, it can't happen. May we soon see that day when no child has to fear.

  • Trisha Harrington
    2018-10-21 12:39

    Heartbreaking, Beautiful, HonestBullied 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 that happened all the time. What I can say is that no matter what story you read, you will find your heart aching for one or more of these characters.Jeff Erno has managed to write this book perfectly. Most authors would never release a book solely about the affects of bullying and how bullying can affect everyone. It's about homophobia, fitting in, making friends, losing friends, hurting and heartbreak. I did not find one story that disappointed in this book.If bullying is a sore spot for you then I suggest reading one story at a time. Or taking a break and spreading out your reading of the book. Some may find it too upsetting to read in the one sitting. I am not one to put a book down so I find it easier to read at once and deal with the emotion after.Highly recommend this book! Not enough can be said about this book and the impact it can have on people.

  • Alex
    2018-11-04 10:56

    OverallLet 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 the others, I have nothing but praise for this book. It's heartfelt, saddening, and hopeful. It made me want to make a difference in the world, or at least my part of it. It made me want to support my friends instead of teasing and mocking, which comes so easily. True, its messages read like an after-school special (but with better characters, plot, dialogue, and acting), but it's not trying to hide that. I'd recommend this to most everyone, but especially saps. Saps will love this. I should know.Blending InA sweet story about a closeted gay student who watches horrible bullying happen to a flamboyant gay student and learns how important it is to stand up against bullying. Short, meaningful, and beautifully done. It was touching. ChuckieThis story feels unique because it takes the point of view of the bully and not the victim. It gives a good look into the head of the bully and what drives him, and also the potential for change. While the transformation happened quickly (obviously working within a limited space), it was well handled and believable. SavedWhile this story was heavily religious, I liked that it didn't use religious beliefs as the catalyst for the bullying. Instead, people were the cause, whether they came from an uber religious background or not. Another touching story of overcoming bigoted beliefs and of standing up for a person--and for yourself. DifferentWhile all stories of bullying are sad, this one was truly heartbreaking in its brutal honesty. It touches upon herd/peer dynamics and the fear of being "associated" with the outsider, no matter what that outsider is. The hardest part is almost everyone will know there was a time when they didn't stand up for someone who needed it.InvisibleA touching story of a kid who is coping with being bullied--until it escalates to public humiliation. As he tries to "man up" and "tough it out," he really just wants to be left alone and stay invisible. To live his life. The character is so real--so like any other kid--that it makes his story all the more moving. The show of his strength and the necessity of an outside force to help him, is extremely telling of everyone.ShameTaken from the perspective of a mother, I didn't find this story as emotionally moving, but older readers--and readers with children--may be able to better relate. It was well done, even if you want to smack the mother around (which is the point). KirbyPoor Kirby. Fat and gay. But this story is nice because it really makes something other than sexuality the central focus of the bullying, although it's still important. Obviously obesity (which is a childhood epidemic now, according to experts) is a major issue, both for health and psychological reasons. While I encourage people to get fit, I think this story points out the important differences in getting fit because it's expected of you and getting fit because you want to. Being pressured into getting skinny isn't going to work, in most cases. It has to be something the person really wants.Requested this book for review.Be sure to check out my other reviews on my blog.

  • Jeff Erno
    2018-11-08 16:37

    11/04/2011 Bullied receives an A+ Review from Man Oh Man Reviews Between the Covers awards Bullied a five-star review Fallen Angel Reviews awards five stars to Bullied and assigns "Recommended Read" status Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club gave Bullied a great review and recommendation. Bullied receives a 5-star review from Three Dollar Bill Reviews Some of My Favorite Books blog gives Bullied five star review http://tana-someofmyfavoritebooks.blo...8/25/2011 Bullied receives a 4.5-star review from Top 2 Bottom Reviews Bullied receives a 5-star review from Well Read Blog Bullied receives a 4.75-star review from Bookwenches Bullied receives an "excellent" review from Reviews by Amos Lassen

  • Jayded
    2018-10-23 16:38

    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
    2018-11-18 10:33

    A book that should be part of every middle and high school's library.

  • BWT (Belen)
    2018-11-18 15:43

    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.Every story has a stirring of emotion in common. Whether it's rage at the injustice of it all, hope that maybe it can get better, pity, compassion, or empathy...I felt all of those emotions while reading this.My largest complaint is while the intention is brilliant and I cheer wholeheartedly for it - STOP BULLYING NOW - the execution was lacking. I mean I believe in the message. So much. I cannot express how much I despise bullying. But these stories are either heavy handed or completely implausible to the point where I'm losing the message and paying more attention to how improbable they all are. Almost all of the stories I wish would have more character growth or for the plot or flow to work better. I wish some were less inconceivable or seem so flat out impossible. I would have preferred maybe two or three stories only and for them to have been really fleshed out and given a chance to rise to the top. With that said though I never once lacked emotion when reading these stories. It made me want to go out and get involved in some way.Ultimately that is my takeaway here. We cannot stand by and allow bullying to happen. All of us are responsible for saying NO and not just standing by - but to stand together to put a stop to it.Review Copy generously provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review.This review has been cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews.

  • Stephen
    2018-10-30 14:45

    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 was shattered. While each story had its sad elements, the stories were different enough and well written enough to merit my interest, albeit not as a one night read. Still, these are brilliant and well worth the reading time, but I'd advise spreading them out over a few days so as to avoid any fatigue factor that such closely aligned topics might engender.

  • Mistral
    2018-10-26 18:50

    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, oppression, helplessness, love and hope. Yes hope, because these stories, even the most heartbreaking, will leave you an optimistic message.Bullied is a very emotional book. I highly recommend it.

  • Edina Rose
    2018-11-17 13:33

    3.5 starsInteresting 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 Three stars. About a "straight acting" gay guy who thinks the flaming homo is bullied because he is too "gay acting". Chuckie Four stars. About a star jock who can't stand the physically weak homo, until he realises he may not be so weak... there are different kinds of strength.SavedFour stars. Emotional. About childhood friends who grow up and realise one is gay and one is straight, and how it affects their friendship. Differentthree stars. The saddest story. What happens when some gay people think there is a "gay hierarchy" and do not want to be associated with "fags"!!! Invisiblefour stars. How people can turn a blind eye to bullying around them... or not.ShameThree stars. People who say "I'm not homophobic, but...". Personally, I hear that a lot.KirbyFour stars. My fav. Kirby is bullied because he is overweight, he is called "fag" because he is different. The end is a bit hollywood-esque, but who cares? I wanted Kirby to have a HUGE happy end! For those who don't mind their stories a bit over the top as long as the theme is cool and the characters are interesting.

  • Maria47
    2018-10-21 15:53

    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 bullying as well - and if only by looking the other way.It is a wonderful book. Some stories will give you hope, some will make you smile and some will make you cry.

  • Yahir Garcia
    2018-11-04 18:34

    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 ashamed for been on my wayI'll be short: unexpected reactions, and all this homophobia changing to love make this a good book.

  • SueM
    2018-10-23 18:48

    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 want to read this anthology, but I admit despite my heartache caused by these stories, I don't regret reading them.

  • Laura M
    2018-10-25 14:41

    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 situation at time. I'll give it to my high school age son to read, and hope that he sees something that will make him a better person for having read it.

  • Utkarsh
    2018-10-19 12:33

    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 likeable. It's a quick read too. I liked it.

  • Martijn Hartman-maatman
    2018-10-21 14:53

    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
    2018-11-06 17:57

    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
    2018-11-08 12:38

    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
    2018-11-01 14:33

    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
    2018-11-02 10:51

    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 through them. I could only read one or two stories at a time because Mr. Erno’s characters are so real that they stay with you. These stories will make you smile, cry and nod your head as you recount memories from your time in high school. I knew every one of these characters and situations so I was able to feel that much more of a connection. The only thing I would have wanted was to have a couple more stories that didn’t end so happily. I think one of the most powerful stories in the collection is the one that doesn’t end happily. I also thought it would have been interesting if Mr. Erno had included maybe one or two stories from the bully’s point of view. Maybe we could start to understand why these kids do what they do. As someone who was bullied in high school and, I’m ashamed to say, did a fair share of bullying I highly recommend Mr. Erno’s book to everyone who wants something real that will touch you and stay with you days after you reach the end. A+

  • Kitty Chatfou
    2018-10-27 15:54

    "BULLIED" BY JEFF ERNOThis 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 rather than their sexual preference. You could have two kids in the same school both with homosexual tendencies and one could be treated fine while the other is treated as an outcast.This book is definitely one I would recommend, not just to the younger generation that are homosexual but to any of the younger generation that have bullied or have been bullied. It really does hit home and teaches some profound lessons on what it's like to be in both positions, as well as going in depth into the mind of both the bully and the victim. This is one of the issues today that has become more prominent and I very much feel this book gives great insight into the ongoing problem of bullying with our youth. Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Literary CommunityRead more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.probo...

  • Jeffery
    2018-11-18 15:31

    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 seems to stand out in the sense that it is deeply related to Christianity. Different: Probably the darkest of all the stories, but that really makes the lesson that much greater.Invisible: I like this one. It's short and engaging enough, though I'd love to see a longer version.Shame: A story that details how people think about homosexuality and the so-called stereotypes that are associated. Kirby: I just think this is a very nice story to end the book. It's bitter and sweet at the same time.I don't want to say too much and spoil the stories for you, but as a whole, this is a very good book, though I'd certainly argue that the quality does vary from story to story. But if you're worried about repetitiveness, you certainly do not need to, because each story is quite different from any other in the collection.

  • Michelle
    2018-11-11 11:01

    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
    2018-11-06 14:48

    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-dramatic. He captures the right emotion at the right time, with the right tone. There is purpose behind this book and it successfully achieves it. It's such a shame that at this day and age, there still is bullying. This would serve to be an eye-opener to many. Kudos to Jeff Erno for an amazing book that makes a difference in life.

  • Bee
    2018-11-05 12:50

    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 charity. That’s as good a cause as any to read something, isn’t it?I do feel like I have to warn you though that reading all stories after each other could get a little heavy, I had to take a break after the first four. And I also feel like I should mention that one of the stories contains suicide, so just be aware of that.

  • Álex
    2018-10-29 12:47

    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 padecem a humilhação, o ultraje e a vergonha por fugirem de um padrão estabelecido como aceitável.Minha avaliação seriam 4¹/² estrelas, pois não gostei totalmente da segunda história, não achei muito bem escrita e certos trechos não são convincentes, mas por ser uma coletânea muito completa aproximarei para mais.Minha história preferida é a quarta: Diferente.