Dear Bully

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories - Megan Kelley Hall, Carrie Jones, Claudia Gabel, Courtney Sheinmel, Crissa-Jean Chappell, Cyn Balog, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Daniel Waters, Dawn Metcalf, Debbie Rigaud, Deborah Kerbel, Diana Rodriguez Wallach, A.S. King, Eric Luper, Erin Dionne, Alyson Noel, Amy Goldman Ko

70 authors contribute stories to this anthology about their experiences with bullying as victims, bullies, or observers.


Normally for anthologies I go through each story separately, but I’d feel weird about doing that with this book since these are all personal stories the authors are contributing to try to raise awareness about bullying and help stop it. Plus, there are 70 stories here, and they are all short, so I don’t have much to say for most of them.


Like most anthologies, this book had a mix of stories I loved, stories I was more neutral on, and stories I didn’t like. The biggest problem I had with the book was just the sheer number of stories that all shared similar themes. After a while, some of the stories started to blur together, and the book started to drag. While having a large number of stories allowed for a variety in experiences, 70 stories just felt like a bit much.


Despite that, the stories were moving, while heartbreaking and infuriating at times.