Brendan and Gray have been relentlessly harassed and bullied by the jocks at Middletown high for as long as they could remember. But not anymore. They decide enough is enough. They take all their classmates hostage at a school dance with an arsenal of stolen guns. It soon becomes clear to the students during the chaos that the only thing that matters to Brendan and Gary is revenge. At points along the story, there are statistics about gun violence, further educating the reader's understanding of the backdrop of this story.
This was a good, quick, although depressing read. A...
Conor is struggling with difficulties at school, his mother’s worsening illness, and a recurring nightmare. To top it all off, he now finds himself face-to-face with a monster. This monster, who claims to be an ancient wild thing, has come to share three stories with Conor. Conner must then share a story of his own, one that is true and exposes a part of himself he is afraid to face.
Bullying is a sad fact of many children’s lives. Some adults like to dismiss school bullying as kids just being kids, a normal part of growing up. For those who are bullied, life is anything but normal—becoming a tortuous, unbearable place with no one and nowhere to turn to for relief.
Now Charlie’s dead and I’m here in the kitchen—on my way to school, and then to work. It’s my senior year and I still have no idea what I want to do with my life. I am motherless, and in the last year, I lost my best friend twice, fell in love with a guy I shouldn’t have (twice), got beat up by a skinhead Nazi, and had things thrown at me, including beer cans, money, and dog shit.
Another beautiful, intelligent, sensitive teenager has killed her self. The media blames the bullies at Emma Putnam's new school that refused to accept her, that kept her on the fringe. The used words like slut and whore, they left notes and signs on her locker, they found her on social media...they drove her to suicide.
But that is just one side of the story.
Set in 1986, this story is filled with acid-wash, walkmans and punk music. Eleanor just doesn’t fit in, her red frizzy hair and eclectic wardrobe choices make her stand out like a sore thumb. Park’s goal is to fly under the radar, never at the bottom of the social ladder, but with no ambitions to climb to the top, he strives for mediocrity. But Park stands out when Eleanor climbs onto his bus one morning. With nowhere else to sit, Eleanor and Park become unwilling bench-mates. Over time, and without speaking the two begin to get to know each other.
Chelsea has always had a problem keeping her mouth shut and loves to gossip. She can’t help it. Once she hears something, without ever thinking twice, she must tell it to someone. She is part of the popular crowd, attending all the school parties with the most revered kids at school. Karma catches up to her when, drunk at a party, Chelsea inadvertently catches two boys in a compromising position while trying to find a bathroom.
An offshoot of their YouTube video project with more than 6000 video testimonials, Dan Savage and Terry Miller’s It Gets Better is a timely collection of original essays from a wide range of voices urging teens not to give up or give in to bullying. This collection includes essays from President Obama, Bishop Gene Robinson, Suze Orman, Prime Minister David Cameron, Ell
“Teen Suicide Tragedies Deadly Bullying - At least three teens, tormented by classmates have taken their own lives in the past month. Why did this happen, and how can it be stopped.” The cover of October 18, 2010’s issue of People Magazine caught my attention, so I read the inside story. “He thought he was just being funny and cool, but then Daniel Harrison realized th