Bully: Does Anyone Deserve to Die? : A True Story of High School Revenge

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Relates the true story of a group of Florida teenagers who banded together to murder the high school bully on the edge of the Everglades and explores their reactions--and those of their families--after they were caught

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Jim Schutze combines natural details about the sawgrass marshes and roaring alligators of the area south of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with keen observations about the fantasy lives of teenagers hooked on surfing, steroids, and instant gratification, to paint a harrowing picture of seven suburban kids who slide all too easily into moral depravity. At the heart of his tale is a kind of love triangle: the "bully," his best friend Marty, and Marty's girlfriend, who fiercely desires to rescue Marty from a strangely destructive friendship with strong homosexual undertones. Schutze's account of the aftermath of the murder includes interesting details on how the police skillfully lured confessions from the kids involved. I found the writing to have a few inconsistencies, and I wished the author had provided more background about how he reconstructed the dialogue, but those are small reservations about an excellent book overall.

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Told with Jim Schutze's trademark precision and investigative savvy, Bully is a disturbing tale of modern-day teenage revenge. Bobby Kent and Marty Puccio grew up best buddies at opposite ends of a walled Fort Lauderdale community. Beneath the cheery suburban facade, the sinister lure of the Everglades was never far away. Marty was kind, but Bobby was a sadistic bully who dominated his high school friends psychologically, physically, and sexually. When they finally couldn't take it anymore, they set out to kill him. What the kids in Bobby's group did one night on the swampy edge of the Everglades, and how they and their families reacted when they were caught is a harrowing commentary on our society and the intensity of a rage rooted in love. But at the heart of this gripping story is an act of unspeakable revenge and the question of whether such vengeance is ever justified.

Bully is a story so unthinkable that it can't be true, but the emotions it evokes are so familiar that it can't be anything but real.

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