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Reviewed by Janelle Alex, Ph.D. for Readers' Favorite
Gilbert Ohanian does a wonderful job dissecting the experience of bullying, not only from the child's perspective but from the parent's and teacher's viewpoints as well. In his book, Chestnuts: A True Story About Being Bullied, he shares his personal story of how he was bullied, the impact it had on him and how he came to recognize that his son was being bullied many years later. Ohanian shares key points that can help others recognize signs of bullying as well, but even more he shares how to discover the root causes of bullying and how those that are suffering from bullying can overcome the mindset and behavior of being a "victim". Ohanian knows first hand how much deeper bullying goes than just being teased, and often authority figures either try to sweep things under the carpet or do not believe it is a severe issue.
If you want to understand bullying in a much deeper way and discover a number of methods to deal with the bullying, Chestnuts: A True Story About Being Bullied is an excellent book for you. I was also really pleased to see how Ohanian shared that bullying is not just an experience that takes place during one's childhood years. It can extend into adulthood. This is not just about the horrific life-long impact that childhood bullying can have, but how bullies show up in our adult lives too. As an adult who was emotionally bullied as a child, I found Chestnuts to be filled with powerful wisdom on how to move forward from the trauma of bullying. I highly recommend this book to anyone - especially parents, whether they think their child experiences bullying or not.