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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Kids (July 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762444282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762444281
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #938,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading
"This is an excellent book for teens…This would make an excellent choice for sparking off discussions on this very difficult topic….Worthwhile, but difficult."

Seventeen’s book club
"You'll love it if... you're looking for a summer read that's moving and inspirational.Cornered will give you the courage to face-off the bullies at your own school, and help victims get help."

"Helpful for teachers, guidance counselors, and teens trying to stop bullying, yet engaging for readers simply browsing this important topic."

Seventeen Book Club
“You'll love it're looking for a summer read that's moving and inspirational.Cornered will give you the courage to face-off the bullies at your own school, and help victims get help.”

“The authors in Cornered use their stories to take us inside the minds and skins of those who are being bullied, and the bullies themselves, to show readers just how wrong thinking teen-aged harassment is “not that bad” can be… an intensely personal and unsettling look at the problem, and will hopefully move them to do more than just say, “It Gets Better,” and join in the battle against it.”

Alexis Burling
Cornered has something for every kind of kid—male and female; LGBT and straight; sportsy, artsy, and bookish. … Not for the faint of heart, every story in this excellent collection is worth its weight in gold.”

Charleston Gazette
"Reading "Cornered" could really open your eyes to the world around you. It may make you realize some things that may change you or how you feel about others. "

School Library Journal
“…a solid recommendation to teens and a definite gateway title to promoting the short-story genre.”

Mother Daughter Book Club blog

“Books such as Cornered are important bring reality into the equation. It looks at the humanity of those who are victims, and, as hard as it may be to believe there is humanity in those who victimize, it looks at that as well. Some of the stories are difficult to get through. Others have more of a lighthearted feel where victims triumph. All of them will take your breath away. I recommend Cornered for mother-daughter book clubs and any reader aged 14 and up.”

About the Author

Rhoda Belleza is a freelance writer and editor who has worked with Paper Lantern Lit. She has been published on and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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HASH(0xa15816d8) out of 5 stars Worthwhile book - yea Nemesis! Jan. 22 2016
By Keooh - Published on
Format: Paperback
I work with teens in a library, and got this book as part of a display I was doing about bullying. There was a variety of characters and views; some of the stories were better than others. By far my favorite story was Nemesis by Kirsten Miller - I recommend it to my teen students all the time, and I'll seek out more of Kirsten Miller's writings in future. I wish I'd had a Nemesis when I was being bullied in school, or at least had had access to this book.
HASH(0xa1582c0c) out of 5 stars Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club. com Feb. 18 2013
By Cynthia Hudson - Published on
Format: Paperback
the eyes of the bully, from those who are being bullied, and from others who stand on the side and feel powerless to stop what's happening. Edited by Rhoda Belleza, the stories are written by both acclaimed and emerging young adult authors. None of them flinch from the hard truths in the stories they have written.

This honesty makes it hard for readers to look away as they read stories about teens who are beaten up by their tormentors or taunted and emotionally abused in front of classmates and in cyberspace. While it's easy to picture boys as being bullies, girls are often bullies as well. And their victims? They are often the kids who don't fit into the norm in some way. They are gay or lesbian or accused of being so even if they aren't. They often are physically small and have no one to confide in about the abuse. Their home lives may be in turmoil. They hope to fly under the radar long enough to make it out of high school and escape their bullies forever.

In recent times there has been much said about bullying, how to raise awareness of it and how to stop it. While programs aimed at reducing it are undoubtedly doing some good, there is little chance that bullying will be eradicated. Books such as Cornered are important because they bring issues about bullying into the forefront. It looks at the humanity of those who are victims, and, as hard as it may be to believe there is humanity in those who victimize, it looks at that as well.

Some of the stories are difficult to get through. Others have more of a lighthearted feel where victims triumph. All of them will take your breath away. I recommend Cornered for mother-daughter book clubs and any reader aged 14 and up.

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
HASH(0xa1582e70) out of 5 stars Rewarding but tough read Oct. 26 2012
By Liviania - Published on
Format: Paperback
I recommend reading CORNERED: 14 Stories of Bullying and Defiance in small doses, one or two stories at a time. This anthology is an intense, brutal experience. Bullying is covered from every angle, from the eyes of the bully to the follower to the bullied. There are many differences between the characters and their situations, but each story showcases some of humanity's worst behavior. I am sure those being bullied will find comfort in many of these stories, but I would like to warn in advance, for those with triggers, that many stories involved suicide, transphobia, and - despite there only being one protagonist who is a lesbian - a great deal of homophobia. (Because it is sadly easy to go from, "It is okay to hate and hurt people who are gay" to "It is okay to hate and hurt people who might be gay.")

Editor Rhoda Belleza wisely begins and ends CORNERED with the stories of Kirsten Miller and Lish McBride respectively. I am a fan of both Miller and McBride, and both of them wrote two of the most hopeful stories in the collection. They ease you in and out of the experience. McBride's story features characters from her popular Necromancer series, so her fans might want to read CORNERED just for "We Should Get Jerseys 'Cause We Make a Good Team."

I suspect the stand-out stories will vary for each reader. I particularly liked Zetta Elliott's "Sweet Sixteen," in which the bullies don't make a personal appearance in the story. But their actions still affect the two girls who meet in the custody of social services. Another good one is "The Shift Sticks" by Josh Berk, in which a boy runs into a girl he used to bully in elementary and is attracted to her. The only story I didn't really like was "Inside the Inside" by Mayra Lazara Dole. It had one of my favorite characters and some of my favorite scenes - the story always lit up when it focused on Alyssa. But it didn't really work. The magical realist elements (possibly imagined due to the guilt of the protagonist, rather than actually happening) were incoherent.

CORNERED is a read that will get you thinking. It might be a good book to read with other people and discuss how you felt about each story. And it's a great anthology to read in October, since this is Anti-Bullying Month. Hopefully these stories can inspire at least one person to end the cycle of violence. It's a tough thing to do, but these authors show the cost of perpetuating the status quo.
HASH(0xa15850b4) out of 5 stars I definitely think this is a collection of stories every young adult should read. Dec 6 2012
By BiblioThoughts - Published on
Format: Paperback
Bullying has been a HUGE topic the past few years, and no matter how we try to stop it, bullying seems to worsen as time goes by. There always seems to be someone who thinks they are better than someone else, and that they can do whatever they want to those they view beneath them. Though it's near impossible to rid ourselves of bullying forever, and though it may be difficult, there is the hope that those who are being victimized will find the strength to overcome and rise above their bullies.

Cornered: 14 Stories of Bullying and Defiance shows us both sides: the bully and the bullied. We see how some have found strength from being bullied and try to help others in the same position. We see how nationality, sexuality, religion, social standing and other factors can determine which side of the spectrum you're on. Some get stronger, some just can't take anymore, and some become the bully after being bullied themselves. The stories in this anthology are as enlightening as they are disturbing. I definitely think this is a collection of stories every young adult should read.
HASH(0xa15822e8) out of 5 stars Great story! March 26 2013
By Savannah (Books With Bite) - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a great collection of stories. Stories that are raw, dealing with bullying every, single day. And stories where people have had enough and are finally standing up for themselves.

Let me begin by saying that I had a love/hate thing with this book. One minutes I'd be angry or sad due to an bullying story and when I got in to the defiance story I was all like," HELL YEAH!" LOL! This is a great book filled with awesome stories to give you that emotional roller coaster. Even though the stories were short, you were able to get each character, watch them stand up and face their bully and of course others, taking it every day.

My fave defiance story is Nemsis which is the first story and well its about defiance. I really love the chance at getting revenge for bullying.

If you want stories that really make you see things differently, check this book out. It awesome and powerful. Each story different from the next, you are never left bored. Cornered is a great anthology that gets down to the heart of the matter.