Bullied during middle school and high school, Aija Mayrock decided to write a book to help others who may be suffering as well. The Survival Guide to Bullying: Written by a Teen is her small book with the potential for a big impact on its readers.
Drawing on her own experience and including advice from experts, Mayrock has created a guide that can be read straight through, or readers can choose the chapters that may be most relevant to them at the moment and start there. It’s easy to go back over any section for rereading as well.
Mayrock asks teens to answer questions that can help them assess the severity of the bullying they experience, and she offers suggestions on where they can find help. While her story inspired her to write the book, few details of her own experience are included, which helps anyone to see their own situations in what she describes. Also, Mayrock opens each chapter with a “roem,” a phrase she coined to describe the rap poems she wrote about her feelings of being bullied and finding strength to get through it.
The Survival Guide to Bullying has universal appeal, and it can help anyone see their own experience in its pages. It should be helpful for those being bullied as well as for those who seek to support them.
The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.