What is probably most interesting is to see the different perspective, the best friend, the parent, the teacher, the bystander and even the bully, how they all see the same story in a different way, how they all can change the ending of the same story if they only have the courage to do so. And then there are the victims, some too scared to be able to see the light, some more lucky than others, some who have a talent that will help them to arise from the misery. Some will find love, some will find acceptance.
The strongest voices are those of the younger one, major point to Jeff Erno being able to do so. It’s probably part of the author’s own experience, and indeed some of the characters have similarity to others you can find in Erno’s longer novels, but the good thing is that, even if these are short stories, they are complete and you arrive to care for these boys, even if you are with them for the span of few pages.
This is an Young Adult imprint, and indeed there is basically no sex at all, actually there are very few “romances”, the focus is more on the tragic experience of being bullied at school and how that will influence your life forever. A good text to help understand how important is for these young men to understand that, even if no one seems able to help them, they can have the means to fight back.
Amazon Kindle: Bullied
Paperback: 198 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press; 2 edition (December 1, 2012)
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