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Bully: Does Anyone Deserve to Die? : A True Story of High School Revenge Hardcover – 1 Mar 1997


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  • Hardcover: 289 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co (1 Mar. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068813517X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688135171
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,190,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Relates the true story of a group of Florida teenagers who banded together to murder the high school bully on the edge of the Everglades and explores their reactions--and those of their families--after they were caught. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "simply_bubblin" on 7 Feb. 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The deeply disturbing thing about this book is not the brutal murder at its core but my reaction to those who started out as victims and finished up as anything but, and the "bully" who was in effect reduced to less than dirt.
In particular, what I found so disturbing was the way that Shultz was able to get me as a reader to see that there is a grey area in murders - it isn't a question of did they kill, for that goes without saying. But if they did, are they guilty of murder? Are they responsible for they're actions? Isn't the murder a predictable response to the years of abuse that they had suffered? There is a constant and uncomfortable presence of this idea of a thin line between good and evil and the duality that exists within the individual.
I found myself literally at his mercy as I was exposed to some of the most brutal forms of assault and found myself sympathising more with the killers than I did with the eventual victim. But as the book unfolded, I was forced to question my own vision of morality – is it only self-defence if you are protecting yourself at the time? Can it be self-defence if you are trying to protect yourself from the future? When does it cease to be self-defence and turn out to be brutal murder?
I cannot say, but in reading the book it is certainly a question that will need to be answered.
The story - Absolutely tragic. A terrible waste of young minds - young lives. But what is really awful is that this can happen again, because after all, the people involved at the centre are just that - people. You’ll be surprised how much like them you really are.
A ‘must’ on the bookshelf for any parent. A ‘must’ on the bookshelf for any teenager. "Bully: A True story of High School Revenge" is a fantastic story about love, hate, loyalty, betrayal and innocence lost.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pinkscoober on 20 Feb. 2003
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Wow! This book was seriously addictive, from the very first paragraph all the way to the last. I have never read a book which has left me, firstly speechless and secondly full of different feelings and emotions. Unless you know this story, you can't begin to realise the depth it involves and Jim Schutze does the most amazing job of re-telling it.
At times I almost forgot this was a true story because it's written in such a way that it reads like a fiction book.
Schutze also passes the difficult test of not showing any bias opinions towards anyone involved in this true crime and because of this, neither did I.
I am now so interested in the story, I intend on carrying out some more research.
Read this and be amazed!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 May 1999
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I just purchased this book on a whim and read it from cover to cover on a three hour flight! I have never read a book this quickly. This book is remarkable both in it's detail as well as it's writing style. It is a very sad testment to today's youth and should be must reading for everyone in high school. One of the best true crime books I have ever read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Sept. 1998
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This book has got to be the best book Ive ever read! I found some interesting facts about the charectors. "Heather Swallers" got out of prison on May 4 1998. "Lisa connellys' sentanced was reduced from life to the year 2006!!! "Ali Willis gets out in 2003, Derek Kaufmans got bumped up to LIFE!! "Derek Dzvirko" gets out in 2003!!! AWeSOME BOOK, I definetly recomend it!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jun. 1999
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A real life horror story. A harrowing account of seven teenagers who takes matters in their own hands to get rid of a bully. To make matters worse, they still don't understand that they did anything wrong, along with their parents. A must read for any teenager or a true crime buff. Mr. Schutze is truly a gifted writer
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 July 1997
Format: Hardcover
I am 14 years old, so naturally I want to read books about High School. So, without ever hearing about this book, I picked it up at the library last week. "Bully" really tells in horrifying fashion the way some kids choose to handle their problems. I was on the edge of my seat every time I picked up "Bully." Usually, it takes me atleast a week to read a good size book, but I read bully in 4 hours! A must have for any High Scool student, or anyone who likes a good non-fiction book! This gets two thumbs up from me!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Sept. 1998
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This book was excellent from beginning to end! From the author's excellent character descriptions to shocking descriptions of the crime, this book is one you will definitely recommend to others. Surely a great read, don't pass it up!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 April 1999
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This is the most real book I've read in a long time. Once I got it I couldnt put it down. It's a disturbing book about growing up without any guidence. I remcomend it strongly
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