Imagine being well liked in school and having a trustworthy group of friends. Now imagine all of those friends turning their backs on you and you become a loser.
Imagine being well liked in school and having a trustworthy group of friends. Now imagine all of those friends turning their backs on you and you become a loser. That’s what happens to Eric Haskins the main character in The Bully Book written by debut author Eric Kahn Gale. The Bully Book is an amazingly well crafted novel that I found intriguing and addicting. It’s full of winding twists and turns that don’t unravel until the very end! It is an account of Eric Kahn Gale’s childhood of getting picked on in school in the form of a mystery novel.
The book tells the riveting tale of Eric Haskins, an ordinary boy whose life is changed forever when he begins 6th grade. It all starts when Eric’s best friend Donovan stops talking to him and instead starts hanging out with Jason Crazinksky and Adrian Noble who are two of the meanest kids in the school. These boys who Eric calls “The Evil Three” try to torment and humiliate him any chance they get and eventually turn Eric’s whole class against him. Eric doesn’t understand why he doesn’t have any friends all of a sudden and why is it that instead all of his classmates choose to give him hurtful nicknames and tease him nonstop. Then in an unlikely encounter with another 6th grade loser Eric hears the school-district wide legend of “The Bully Book.” A book rumored to be written by a deceitful 10 year old telling how to gain power in your school. Apparently this dreadful book is passed down from one generation of bullies to the next. Eric then wonders if “The Evil Three” are in possession of The Bully Book and that’s why he’s been treated so bad this year. Using a little detective work, he sets out to find answers. Following a mysterious path he uncovers secrets and makes many friends and enemies along the way. But in the end what he finds is not what he expects.
The Bully Book is 230 pages long and was a pretty easy read for me. (I finished it in two days) But I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone under the age of 9 because of some inappropriate language. I liked this book because of it’s creative format. It flip-flops between Eric’s journal entries and actual pages from “The Bully Book” in the legend. I wouldn’t advise doing what the books pages tell you to do because it is mostly ways for you to be mean to kids in your school. I also enjoyed this publication because I was really able to relate to Eric and the situation he was in. I came to like Eric because of the dark humor that was woven into his journal entries. I would kind of compare this book to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series except for the fact that there are no illustrations in “The Bully Book” and the Wimpy Kid books are funnier. Overall I loved this novel and would encourage you to read it. I give it 5 stars out of 5!