Hello everybody! I need to start catching up on my book reviews from the last couple of weeks, so I’ll have a few going up over the next few weeks!
As the title of this post suggests, today’s review is of Holly’s book Bullied For Being Me . Now before we begin, I should make it clear I read this of my own accord. Holly did not ask me to read/review her book, and all my opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own.
I read Bullied For Being Me while on holiday in Turkey. In fact, it was short enough and captivating enough that I read it in one sitting, not moving from the sunbed for even a glass of water.
Some of you may remember me talking about Holly previously in my post Friday Favourites: Holly . Well, this book is a true story, written by Holly, all about her personal and emotional story of being bullied, and how she managed to get through it. From the blurb, I knew I would get emotional at least once while I read it, however I didn’t expect the range of emotions I felt.
I’ll be honest and say it did take me a while to get used to the way the book was arranged – centred, short sentences, and new lines taken in the middle of sentences sometimes. But I think this all added to the raw emotion I felt being poured into Holly’s writing. I think anyone could read Bullied For Being Me and relate to at least part of what Holly went through, even if for the majority of us any bullying never got physical the way hers did.
Whilst reading, I found myself smiling when I could relate, hurting with Holly every time someone else turned against her, crying when she experienced her first panic attack, and furious by the end that some child could be so horrific to someone that they managed to change that person’s life. What I loved about reading this, was that I could hear Holly telling me this. As if we were sitting in a coffee shop (or by the sea as I was), and she was telling me about her life experiences so far. The breaks in sentences were the parts she found more difficult to say, or they were her stopping to take a drink. They were natural, even though they seemed unnatural to start – nervous, not sure about where to start with the story these words were about to share.
I can’t really rate a story as personal as this, but I do believe that you should go buy a copy and read it. You can get it in kindle form (free if you’re on Prime) or paperback for only £2.99. All profits from Holly’s book are donated to the charity: Mitrofanoff Support. They help all those with a urinary diversion stoma, like Holly, and you can find out more information about their work here.
If you would like to buy a copy, or get the Kindle version the choice is yours, you can do this here.
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