Bullyville

After eighth grader Bart Rangely is granted a mercy scholarship to an elite private school after his father is killed in the North Tower on 9 11, doors should have opened Instead, he is terrorized and bullied by his own mentor So begins the worst year of his life.
Bullyville After eighth grader Bart Rangely is granted a mercy scholarship to an elite private school after his father is killed in the North Tower on doors should have opened Instead he is terrorized and

  • Title: Bullyville
  • Author: Francine Prose
  • ISBN: 9780060574970
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Bullyville”

    1. So boring. All I can think is blah blah blah la di da Maybe I misunderstood the age range of this book, because if you're not of a middle school age I can't really see anyone enjoying the level of writing in "Bullyville." And even then, I wouldn't want middle schoolers to get such a vague, watered down, and disappointing outlook on several of these subjects. Everything is so plainly described, and not in the beautiful, poignant, less is more way, but in the "this happened, then this happened, th [...]

    2. This was a very tedious read for me. It's not often that I feel so happy when I turn that last page in a book. I'm still asking myself why I felt the need to finish. I passed the 'have to finish reading every book I start' bump a few years ago and haven't had a problem putting down a book in a long time now. I still give each book all I have but I can definitely put one down if need be.With this one I just kept pushing myself and pushing myself. I strongly considered stopping on this one even th [...]

    3. I decided to read this book because of its connection to 9/11, and I was looking for a more accessible text to pair with Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Compared to that novel's beauty and poignancy, this one was just a letdownThe main character had none of the panache and flair of a well-written adolescent, and I consequently felt no empathy for him when he was bullied. The ending/denouement felt a bit rushed, and I couldn't work up a single tear for what was supposed to be a very sad fina [...]

    4. I thought that the premise of this book was interesting, and the topic of bullying is certainly an important one. That said, this book never really caught on for me. I read it to make sure it was appropriate for my students, but I might have tossed it aside a time or two without that specific goal. It's a decent read for a middle-school student, especially one who has been bullied, but it lacked something in the end. I'm not sure what the theme was supposed to be.

    5. I think this book was very truthful. Many kids get bullied. I liked how this kid saved his mom from 9/11.For him to get bullied was very bad. This book has lots of suspense and it is really truthful.

    6. SUMMARY:Shortly after Bart Rangeley's dad dies in the collapse of the World Trade Center, he becomes a scholarship kid at Baileywell Prep, the elite boy's school on the other side of town that the locals sometimes call “Bullyville.” When Bart’s upperclassman“big brother” begins a campaign of daily torment and harassment against the eighth grader, Bart soon finds himself engaged in his own daily “War on Terror” as he struggles to survive the worst year of his life.WHAT I ADMIRED ABO [...]

    7. I picked up this book just based on the cover and I ended up being very disappointed in it. I know that may not be completely fair, but it is what it is. Based on the cover, I expected it to be just based on a boarding school and didn't realize it had the background story of September 11th.I feel that the whole September 11th plot was unnecessary and didn't add anything. The main idea seems to be that Bart goes to this school and deals with bullying. I don't know why 9/11 had to be the vehicle t [...]

    8. I found this book quite disappointing. Bart has just lost his father in the 9/11 attacks. His story, like so many others, makes headlines, which leads him to a scholarship to a prestigious private school. There, Bart is the victim of some horrific bullying.First of all, Bart's voice was just not true to a 13-year-old boy. Second, there was too much happening in this story that didn't have to be there. I didn't find the bullying to be realistic, nor did I find Bart's reactions realistic. Perhaps [...]

    9. Didn't anyone edit this book before they printed thousands of copies? Words mixed up, words missing, no punctuation! After the first 6 or so they became a huge distraction, I kept looking for another and another. This book was given to me as something to use in an Aggressors,, Victims, and Bystanders program (anti-bullying) and I don't see the point of the book. I get the emotional dealing with parents separating, and losing someone in 9/11, but I don't get the bullying part. Nothing is resolved [...]

    10. Interesting YA book about what it is like to attend a boarding school, during the day, where bullying is rampant. Tied into the story is a reflection on 9.11 because the protagonist's father died in the Twin Towers. The boy is grappling with the loss of his dad, trying to get along with his mom, and coming of age. There is a very good twist in the book that I did not see coming. This is a book about sorting it all out and being a good person.

    11. This book doesn't even deserve ONE star. The main character was a complete asshole between making jokes about his father burning to death in 9/11 and him bitching like getting stuffed in a locker is even comparable to what people in 9/11 went through. Prose is from NY so I don't wtf she was thinking.

    12. At first I thought it was some cheesy, Bully saying, "Haha, your a loser" and making a kid cry. It actually portrayed Bullying in a realistic way. I would recommend it.

    13. This book overall was good. There were some parts of the book were I really didn’t see a point in adding that in. For example, the 9/11 event were his dad died. I didn’t see the point in that because the cover of the book looks like a book about bullying I didn’t see the point in adding that in. I did like the way Bart gets his revenge on Tyro by destroying his Escalade. I would recommend this book to 11-13 years old because this book does use profanity. I give this book a 8-10 I didn’t [...]

    14. The best part of the book, to me, was the last 20 or so pages. I couldn't tell for the rest of the book if I was supposed to feel sympathy for Bart and everything that had happened to him or if I should be rooting for him to snap out of it and take some action.Maybe if the backdrop wasn't 9/11 I would have had different thoughts on Bart.

    15. This book was a pretty darn good book. It tells a lot about how a middle school student interprets a middle school. It has a lot of comedy and an okay amount of action

    16. I liked Bullyville for many reasons. It is a good book for young adults because of some of the themes it addresses, and is interesting. Many people could relate to the depression of losing a family member, or getting bullied. It talks about some of the problems that people go through today. It can also help give some perspective on what people were going through around 9/11/01 when the terrorists attacked the World Trade Center.Bullyville is a story mostly surrounding the theme of bullying. It i [...]

    17. Good book with lots of big issues going on. Brad had a fever on 9/11 that caused his mom to stay home from work in the same office where his dad works, which happens to have been in the World Trade Center. Prior to losing his dad in 9/11, Brad had already lost his dad in a completely different way to another woman who worked in his office. Brad's dad had just left him and his mom to live with this woman, and Brad had not talked to his father since he left. Brad is torn inside with feelings of gr [...]

    18. Good book with lots of big issues going on. Brad had a fever on 9/11 that caused his mom to stay home from work in the same office where his dad works, which happens to have been in the World Trade Center. Prior to losing his dad in 9/11, Brad had already lost his dad in a completely different way to another woman who worked in his office. Brad's dad had just left him and his mom to live with this woman, and Brad had not talked to his father since he left. Brad is torn inside with feelings of gr [...]

    19. When thirteen year old Bart stays home from school sick, he has no idea how drastically the decision will change his life. His mother, recently separated from his father, stayed home from work to take care of him, only to find out that the Twin Towers were attacked later that morning. Both parents worked in the same office in the World Trade Center, and although his father was killed in the attacks, his mother lived by chance due to his illness. Suddenly newspapers began reporting Bart as a "Mir [...]

    20. Well was a book, and that's about all I can say. I pushed myself to finish because I don't like to give up on a book, but it was very difficult for me to do so. The main issues with this book are twofold. First, it was very difficult for me as a reader to get into the minds of the characters. For all of the life-changing events that Bert experienced, he rarely shows any emotions, either in public or when he's by himself. True, one could chalk this up to the tragedy, but I'm not buying it. Everyo [...]

    21. 3.5Fart, I mean Bart, Rangely has moved from tragedy to tragedy. He hasn't spoken to or answered a text from his Dad for a while. Not since his Dad moved out of his and his mom's lives to move in with "the younger woman." Then he loses the chance when his father is killed when two planes struck the Twin Towers on 9/11.Bart was home sick that day, and his mother, who also worked in the North Tower, was taking care of him. If he didn't have that fever he would have lost both his parents. So when t [...]

    22. This book was ok, not great. In its defense I had no idea what I was picking up when I saw it. The bold title BULLYVILLE stood out on the cover and I grabbed it impulsively and threw it in the stack of the books I’d check out of the library that day. This happens to me on occasion, although I have nearly 700 books on my ‘to read’ list already; I’m still prone to impulse grabs. I’m rarely disappointed by these last minute additional selections. In fact, I’ve discovered some of my favo [...]

    23. Reviewed by Rebecca Wells for TeensReadTooWhen Bart Rangely's absentee father is caught in the North Tower and killed on September 11th, he thinks that life can't get much worse. Unfortunately, he thinks too soon. Because of the public nature of his tragedy, Bart is offered a scholarship to the exclusive Baileywell Academy, an institution better known to its students as "Bullywell" for the rampant bullying that takes place behind its expensive doors. Upon his arrival, Bart is assigned his own pe [...]

    24. I wanted something very different from Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal; Bullyville is that. I finished it too; in about three hours. The premise didn’t work for me, it was just too much. Bart’s dad died on 9/11. But Bart’s dad had been living with his girlfriend for the last six months and he and his mom were too sad to tell anyone. So they have that to feel guilty about as well. Mom worked in the Twin Towers, but had taken the day off, because Bart had the flu.S [...]

    25. by Francine ProseWant a good book? Here’s one.Bart, a 13 year old kid, had two parents who both worked at the World Trade Center. On September 11, 2001 before the attacks began, Bart felt sick which made his mom stay home. His dad died when the North Tower collapsed. Since Bart was sick, he saved his mom, people then called him “Miracle Boy”. Shortly after, Bart gets a scholarship by an ononimous donor. He then goes to Baileywell Preparatory Academy a.k.a Bullyville. He then meets his “b [...]

    26. I really liked the author's other book, After, and was honestly excited picking this one up. All I can say right now is that it was a bit of a disappointment. The same thrill and suspense from the other book has been completely wiped away. We're supposed to feel sorry for this poor boy who lost his father in the accident, except we weren't even really introduced to the father. I can't say for other people, but it's hard for me to grieve for strangers. I feel sorry for them, but it just didn't hi [...]

    27. This book wasn't as horrible to me as it was to other reviewers.It was a promising read, but the events went by fast and the plot never went into any depth. Something would happen but the events would never go on. For example, the book would just start to rise in action, but then it would quickly fall so fast it was like it never happened. There wasn't much put into the book; no depth in the characters or the events or anything that happened, really. For example, (view spoiler)[ when Bart met No [...]

    28. A 13 year old boy named Bart comes down with a high temperature. Mom takes off of work but a tragedy happens. His fathers dies in the event of 9/11. His father left him and his mother for another female and then he's killed. The media hears about it and gives him a full scholarship to Bailywell Academy for all boys but also known as Bullyville. The name stands for itself and it happens to him. What I liked about the story was the characters. The characters were interesting, everybody! How they a [...]

    29. The reason I gave this book such a low rating was because it was very slow moving and uneventful. I wasn't able to finish this book specifically for those reasons and only got about 50 pages in. From what I read I was able to find out that a teenage boy who lives with his has just figured out that his dad has died while inside the twin towers. Since his parents are sort of divorced, he hasn't seen his father for a while now and doesn't really know how to feel about this whole situation. The boy [...]

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