Tuesday, April 3, 2012

April A to Z Challenge Letter "D" = Dear Bully (+G!veaway) #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z


Welcome back to day four of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.
 Today's letter is "D" and my topic is = DEAR BULLY. 
For those of you who are not familiar with Dear Bully, lets check it out.

Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories

YOU ARE NOT ALONE. 

 Moving beyond being bullied.  They did it. So can you. Take a chance and ask for help.
We can stop bullying if we all work together.


I'm going to give you one of my favorite stories that is not in the book and then I promise to end this so it's not too long. Don't forget there will be a link at the end of the post if you are interested in entering the giveaway for your very own copy of Dear Bully and it is signed by the amazing Lauren Oliver.


You Changed Me.
by Carrie Gordon Watson

When you got on the school bus that first day, you changed me.
When you sat three rows back, you changed me.
The first time you talked about me like I couldn’t hear you, you changed me.
When you made fun of my face, you changed me.
When you mocked my imperfect body, you changed me.
When you hinted that my ethnicity was hate-worthy, you changed me.
When you disparaged my family, you changed me.
When you saw the hurt in my eyes and said it anyway, you changed me.
When it wasn’t enough to make you stop, you changed me.
When you got bored with me and moved on to someone else, you changed me.
When I was too scared, too beaten down, too ashamed to speak up, you changed me.

Twenty years later,
when you shocked everyone by coming to the reunion, you changed me.
When you crossed the room,
when you came straight toward me,
when you knelt down by my chair
as my heart slammed inside me
in a fight-or-flight response so strong
couldn't hear the music anymore,
you changed me.
When you asked my permission to speak to me,
when you said you wouldn’t blame me if I said NO,
when you admitted to being an asshole all those years ago,
when you said you were deeply sorry for the horrible things you’d said to me,
when you admitted you were wrong,
that you wished you could take it all back . . .
You changed me.

"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself." --Harvey S. Firestone


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The Goods:
One copy of Dear Bully signed by Lauren Oliver.

The Deets:
1. One entry per person.
2. You must be 13 or older.
3. Giveaway is International.
4. Giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. on May 3rd.

Enter Giveaway -->  HERE!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!
Happy Reading & Arrivederci.