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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reprint edition (1 Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380723336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380723331
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.1 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Jim Schutze has been nominated for two Edgar awards. He is the author of By Two and Two and Preacher's Girl. The Dallas bureau chief of of the Houston Chronicle, he has been an investigative reporter for the Detroit Free Press and the Dallas Times Herald. He now lives in Dallas with his wife and son.


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By A Customer 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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By J. Mcdonald TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Aug. 2016
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I came to this after watching the Larry Clark film which dramatised the events covered in the book.

Schutze writes in an easily accesable style, almost novelistic in his use of narrative and dialogue; he doesn't sensationalise – he doesn't need to – the subject matter is so jaw-droppingly shocking his detailed and authoritative telling of the tale is all that is necessary. And what a tale; the background, relationships and disconcerting developments that led to the murder of a 20-year-old by his peers in affluent, middle-class Fort Lauderdale, a white suburban area seemingly far removed from serious crimes involving violence.
What shocks the reader so effectively is the banality, the almost total lack of moral awareness or values exhibited by the perpetrators; their failure to accept they'd done anything wrong and – as Schutze stresses in his closing sentences – the failure of both the murderers and their families to show any contrition or acceptance of their crime.
Viewing Clark's film, I considered the possibility of it being an exaggeration, tweaked for dramatic effect, but the real events are – if anything – more lurid, as the whole sorry narrative of the individuals and the key, ensuing court case (that of Marty Puccio) is related in full.
My one serious criticism of the book is the total lack of references; Schutze relates a great deal of dialogue in the form of conversations throughout his book which must, by their nature, be speculative; I'm not doubting the veracity of the facts in the individual cases - the prosecution really only had to present these in order to obtain convictions - but very little on-line research reveals that over the course of the 23 years since the murder a lot of debate has taken place.
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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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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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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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By A Customer on 17 Dec. 1998
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Me beeing a teen and reading this book, really kept me on the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed the book, and couldn't put it down once I picked it up. The book contains everything a teenage kid would want to read about, due to the fact the book revolves around us. I recommend this book to any teen willing to take the time to read a good book that you are sure to enjoy.
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