Defending My Life: Surviving a Bully's Torture

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"Looking back, I realize just how much I feared Dickie Hellerman on the morning I shot and killed him out in the backwoods of my parents' property."

From that jarring opening line, "Defending My Life: Surviving a Bully's Torture" is the compelling journey of an innocent young man who faces repeated encounters with a bully. Based on true events, the story is told by Justin Bailey who recounts the traumatic occurrences that ultimately drove him to the horrific killing and its ...

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Overview

"Looking back, I realize just how much I feared Dickie Hellerman on the morning I shot and killed him out in the backwoods of my parents' property."

From that jarring opening line, "Defending My Life: Surviving a Bully's Torture" is the compelling journey of an innocent young man who faces repeated encounters with a bully. Based on true events, the story is told by Justin Bailey who recounts the traumatic occurrences that ultimately drove him to the horrific killing and its consequences.

Justin is a seemingly carefree junior in high school where he is in the drama club and on the wrestling team. His free time is spent with friends and dreaming of pretty girls. Yet his life becomes increasingly complex as he encounters the unpredictable and volatile behavior of the problem-drinking bully. Along the way, Justin meets Maria, the gorgeous girl who becomes his first love, but trouble escalates when Justin's antagonist is attracted to her as well.

"Defending My Life: Surviving a Bully's Torture" is an honest account of a maturing 17-year-old facing life, love, overwhelming fears and extreme guilt. He yearns for a "normal" existence following the incident but discovers that such a wish will only be achieved through tremendous mental struggles.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780985830120
  • Publisher: Earnest Publishing House LLC
  • Publication date: 10/12/2012
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

C. Michael Smith was born and raised in a small town in Pennsylvania. At age 27, he received his bachelor’s degree from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Shortly thereafter, he moved to the Washington, D.C. metro area, where he now resides. He spent nearly eight months writing Defending My Life in the hopes that it will touch the hearts and lives of those who struggle with bullying and its effects.
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  • Posted May 29, 2013

    A powerful story for every YA reader. Important contemporary is

    A powerful story for every YA reader.
    Important contemporary issues surrounding insecurities, self image and worthiness at a most vulnerable time in life; teenage years. Defending My Life draws attention to important adolescent responses and behaviors, which can become overshadowed by deadly consequences.
    A perfect story for YA; content, issues and reading level.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Excellent

    As a individual who can verify this story I must say how well it is written I am familiar with both families and this story is right on the mark Good for you Chris and God Bless you and yor family!!

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