Journal of a Schoolyard Bully: Cyberbully-Farley Katz

Journal of a Schoolyard Bully: Cyberbully

Farley Katz

St. Martin’s Griffin, Sep 4 2012, $12.99

ISBN: 9780312606589

 

In Boulder egotistical, obese bully Niko Kayler attends a reform school until God the ultimate bully transfers his mom to Boulder.  Thus he transfers into the Organic School for Local Children as a new student.  He takes a day to recon the land seeking the means to pick on others and not just students without repercussions.  Though he rejects calming medicine as he insists his psychic is perfect, he does keep the journal as prescribed by his mom.

 

Niko works at Radio Shack for cellphones that he uses to send terrorist attacks on his victims.  Staying current, Niko next turns to the Internet to bully anonymously, but his sibling Alex turns his cruel brother’s efforts into a video that goes viral.

 

Reverting back to bullying form (see Journal of a Schoolyard Bully: Notes on Noogies, Wet Willies, and Wedgies), Niko is an intriguing adolescent as he comes across as mean and sad at the same time; his journal entries with line drawings seem insightful and genuine.  When the satire focuses on the serious impact of bullying by discern looks into the psyche of the antagonist and his victims, the storyline is super; when the plot tries to be comedic, it mostly deters from a fascinating look at a born again bully.

 

Harriet Klausner

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