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Cornered: 14 Stories of Bullying and Defiance

 ‘It does not necessarily take a fist to create a punch in the gut.’


‘This fourteen-story YA fiction anthology delves into the experience of being bullied—socially, emotionally, physically, psychologically, and sexually. The school hallways, walks home, and house walls are no longer the boundaries for intimidation and harassment. With the rapid-fire response time of social media and smartphones, bullying has lost all limits, and the lines among truth, lies, and real accountability have become blurred.’

Cornered includes works from

Rhoda Belleza, Kirsten Miller, Mayra Lazara Dole, Matthue Roth, Sheba Karim, Kate Ellison, Jennifer Brown,Brendan Halpin, Jamie Adoff, Elizabeth Miles, David Yoo, James Lecesne, Josh Berk, Lish McBride, Zetta Elliott

I originally had this shelved on Goodreads as ‘ya-general’, but I had to add it to my ‘ya-horror’ shelf as well. ‘Cornered’ is pretty far out of my genre comfort zone, but it horrified me on a different level.

I’ve read a lot of (IMHO) outstanding fictional books about bullying –
THE 8th by Matt Shaw, JEREMY by Matt Hickman, MY BEAUTIFUL SUICIDE by Atty Eve,  RAGE by Stephen King, and most recently RAGE by Kimberly A. Bettes. (just to name a few). I think ‘Cornered’ hurt a little deeper because the stories lacked the gratifyingly bloody revenge from the victim(s).

I have the outline prepared, so BOLO for full review & author info. 


I came across an article I posted in 2013 when I searched for keyword word ‘bully’, and I want to share it again now. Please check it out when you have the time.


Book Reviews Fiction Horror Short Story Zombies

KELLIE’s DIARY By Thomas Jenner & Angeline Perkins

This is the diary of a nine year old girl who is experiencing the very beginning of the zombie apocalypse, although she doesn’t know that’s what it is. It starts with her classmates getting sick, and staying home from school. While these kids are home, even more are getting sick… school is becoming a ghost town. Kellie’s patents make sure she gets her flu shot, and she continues showing up at school, even when she is one of only six students left in her class.
While she is at school, the monsters come. Kellie has to figure out what to do to survive while there, and if she wants to leave. She needs a plan to get out of the school, and to make it back to her home & family.
Although this book is short, it’s only the first story in the series, and it’s available for free download.
It is in diary form, and the font used is a handwriting font. I couldn’t get it any larger on my Kindle.

Book Reviews Fiction Horror Short Story

The 8th By Matt Shaw

The 8th
Matt Shaw

I am overcome with such emotion right now.

I did not expect this story.

I was expecting a “RAGE” ¹ type of short story. Stephen King pulled every copy of RAGE off the shelves after the massacre at Columbine, and after the recent events at Sandy Hook Elementary, Matt was pondering the same.

Pulling this story would be a tragedy. (At the time of this writing, news is starting to surface of yet another school shooting. This time in California. No concrete information at the moment.)

Every word, from the dedication to the end, holds such raw emotion. I agree with Matt (in the author’s note) when he says that violence is not the answer, but who hasn’t been driven to their absolute limit before? You want so badly for the pain to stop.

THE 8TH is written in a first person narration, like most of the stories I’ve read by M.S. so far. The way he writes really pulls me into the story. That’s one of the reasons that I try to write my reviews right when I finish reading. I’ve been getting so emotional with the last few stories, and I hope I am able to express it in a way you’ll understand me.

It’s about a boy, starting off in a yet another new school, after just moving again due to the fathers job. Another new school – the same old problems. He meets and quickly makes friends with David, another boy whose life is being made a living hell by the schools group of D bags. Meeting David awakens something in him. He can no longer just sit back and be bullied, and he can’t watch it happen to his friend either. The school won’t stop things, parents never realize how bad things are.

It’s a story of sadness, of hurt, and of revenge. But, in keeping with Matt’s style – don’t fool yourself into thinking you know where this story is going. Right when you think you know where you are, he shoves the blindfold over your eyes, spins you around a couple times, and shoves you in the opposite direction.

ÂąStephen King – Rage


Signs that may indicate your child is a bullying victim:

•Comes home with unexplainable injuries

•Comes home with damaged clothing or other belongings •Frequently “loses” items like books, electronics, clothes or other valuable items

•Tries to find excuses to avoid going to school, is often sick or has other excuses

•Hurts themselves like with cutting, burning or eating restrictions

•Loses interest in friends or participating in extra curricular activities

•Acts afraid of going to school or school activities

•Appears moody, anxious, depressed or withdrawn

•Feels helpless Exhibits low self-esteem


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National Suicide Prevention Hotline – 800-723-TALK

Book Reviews Fiction Zombies

MAX & THE GEEKS By Alan Gandy

Max & The Geeks
Alan Gandy


I had a blast reading this book! Maybe because I’m a nerd girl at heart ♥ The characters & the references are so witty, and so funny! I was giggling throughout the entire story! Then I read the afterward and I was bawling… but, you have to read this book to know why!
This is another ‘childrens book for adults’, like the My Little Brother Is A Zombie’ series, and it’s packed with original illustrations by Alan.

Max & his buddies are having a typical day, typical for them, when the zombie uprising occurs. Through their skill, knowledge, and maybe a little help from a super power picked up at the nuclear power plant, it’s up to them to save the day, save the town, save the world! Assistance from the new girl, brains from the gang, and a few hilarious games of “Got Your Nose”, bring them to the place where it all began. Do they have the power to stop it?

The Amazon synopsis :
Meet Max, a sophomore at Summerdale high. Max was abandoned as a baby, and ever since then he has been bouncing from orphanage to foster care until he finally ended up at the Summerdale House for Boys. The only constant in Max’s life have been the heroes in the comics he collects.

When a bizarre occurrence strikes Summerdale, Max and his two best school mates, Forrest the gamer and Kale the goth embark on a hilarious adventure filled with laughs, tears and a lot of geekyness. Can Max rise up and become like the heroes he admires? And more importantly can he find the Family he never had?

Max and the Geeks is jam packed with geeky references for all ages. So kids go grab your parents and parents go get your kids because sometimes it takes a family to see an adventure through to the end.

Max and the Geeks is suggested for ages 11 and up.

Get your geek on & get this book!
P, L, & N ♥