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Chestnuts: A True Story About Being Bullied

by Gilbert Ohanian

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Bullying is a huge problem and growing worldwide and it is good to see someone tackle the problem in a practical, useful book.

Chestnuts is based on the author’s own experiences during childhood and later that of his son also being bullied.

Whether the abuse be of a verbal, physical or emotional nature, the book provides teachers and parents with clues on what to look for and solutions to dealing with the problem. It also deals with why bullies behave the way they do.

Being partly biographical helps the reader understand what the victim goes through and how the treatment first starts then escalates.

It is practical and outlines step by step ways of coping with the problem. It should be read by parents, teachers, those in authority and even children themselves.

Apart from his own experiences the author has researched his topic well and includes many references.

I found though that it was a bit disjointed the way it jumps from biography to solutions to the problem and not always in a connected way. Similarly, the advice for various target groups eg parents and teachers etc is not always grouped together logically.

Because I feel this book needs extensive editing to make it more readable and practical, I would normally only give it two stars. However, the subject matter and the advice is so important and relevant to today’s society I have given it 3 stars.

I was given free copy by the author for an unbiased review

This review is also on my website www.pam.id.au
  Hostie13 | Oct 13, 2016 |
In Chestnuts: A True Story About Being Bullied, Gilbert Ohanian, extensively recounts his own experiences being bullied as a child and most recently the bullying his son is facing. Having an Armenian background, new on boarding schools in first world countries, Gilbert was alone, without friends, often prey of verbal, physical and emotional bullying. The typical advices like ignore, walk away from or fight back proved useless. These tips often only worsen bullying and isolate the victim even more. The effects ultimately inspired the author for this book. Chestnuts tells which symptoms can signal parents and teachers that bullying takes place. It shows root causes for this behaviour and the exemplary behaviour that really can counter it. It answers tough why questions. Mixed with Ohanian's own mental and physical fights, flights by moving to other countries and schools.....there being bullied again, gives the reader both theory and practical points of view.
No instant solutions are provided, since stopping the bully needs active involvement of teachers, parents, experts, authorities, confronting the bully and wisdom to not let the victim become the bully. To come out as a former bullying victim and sharing mature insights on this sensitive, omnipresent problem, is seldom heard of. Bullying not only takes place in schools, and public space (gangs) but also in work places and online (cyber bullying). Compliments to the author for throwing chestnuts to the pillows of interested readers to wake them up and tell the truth about bullying. ( )
  hjvanderklis | Jan 28, 2015 |
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