“I know what it’s like to be hated for no reason... and to feel alone with no end in sight.” Mayrock’s debut, first self-published as an e-book in 2014, offers earnest advice for those struggling with bullying. Quizzes framed as chat exchanges, bullet points, and Mayrock’s “roems” (rap poems) help walk readers through types of bullying, surviving “in the trenches,” self-acceptance, and taking action when necessary. Readers may recognize their own struggles in her emotionally charged verse (“I’ve been broken/ Bruised/ Stabbed and subdued/ Submerged in darkness/ Told there would be no light”), and while Mayrock acknowledges that her suggestions won’t instantly solve readers’ bullying problems, she offers a range of ideas (such as embracing hobbies, expanding social circles, and unplugging from the Internet) that may help make the light at the end of the tunnel feel a bit closer. Ages 10–up. Agent: Jay Kramer. (June)
NEW, updated edition! Written by a teenager, this kid-friendly, inspiring book is filled with advice, tips, and strategies for how to deal with bullying.
NEW, updated edition! Written by a teenager who was bullied throughout middle school and high school, this kid-friendly book offers a fresh and relatable perspective on bullying. Along the way, the author offers guidance as well as different strategies that helped her get through even the toughest of days.
The Survival Guide to Bullying covers everything from cyber bullying to how to deal with fear and how to create the life you dream of having. From inspiring "roems" (rap poems), survival tips, personal stories, and quick quizzes, this book will light the way to a brighter future. This updated edition also features new, never-before-seen content including a chapter about how to talk to parents, an epilogue, and an exclusive Q&A with the author.
Praise for The Survival Guide to Bullying
"Practical, moving, and deeply kind." - Kirkus
Gr 4–7—In this revised edition of a self-published title, Mayrock, a college freshman, draws on her own experiences as a victim of bullying in middle and high school in order to help other teens. Her first-person voice is conversational and encouraging, and she offers practical survival tips (verified by experts), such as the importance of asking for adult help. Only occasionally does the advice veer into platitudes (for instance, "a war isn't won overnight"). The format and design are occasionally distracting, but on the whole, each chapter is useful as a guide to stand-alone topics, such as coping with cyberbullying and handling fear, making this a good title for young adults to consult in a moment of need. Some of the practical advice includes letter writing (penning a letter to loved ones about bullying situations), accepting oneself, and embracing creativity. Mayrock clearly relied on these steps herself; her creativity can be seen through the poems interspersed throughout. Each relates to the topic of the given chapter and conveys the raw emotions and reality of bullying. VERDICT This slim guide will be a ready resource for young people.—Ernie Cox, Prairie Creek Intermediate School, Cedar Rapids, IA
Author Mayrock, a teen who was bullied for many years, offers tips and inspiration to others in her position. Advice is presented in short, visually appealing chapters. Exercises, lists, drawings, and pull quotes are interleaved with text, and blue, bolded lettering emphasizes key lines. Each chapter opens with a heartfelt "roem"—a term the author has coined for her rap poems—in type that emulates handwriting set on a lined page. Creativity, Mayrock explains, has been one of the most powerful tools in her healing process. Throughout the book, suggestions are helpfully broad-ranging, from nitty-gritty safety tips (if you go to a party, make sure you have a trustworthy ride home) to internal affirmations (bullying is never your fault). One of the most effective chapters invites readers to identify traits bullies target and reframe them as positives; the author describes her own quietness, creativity, and long, thick hair as examples. The author writes transparently from personal experience, and some of the specific emotional impacts or bullying tactics she describes might not be wholly universal. Nevertheless, her advice is varied and her compassion, genuine enough that readers are bound to find plenty of applicable nuggets as well as a wealth of encouragement. Practical, moving, and deeply kind. (Nonfiction. 10-18)