By: Shane KoyczanLocation: GRA KOYGenre: a graphic novel poem that sits beside "All the Bright places"
WOW- this is a graphic novel based on a poem about the effects of bullying at school. It started of as a video on YouTube and it went viral- its intent was to "put an arm around the shoulder of someone who needs it". In two days it had 1.4 million hits, it grew to over 7 million hits- then Shane Koyczan was asked to speak for TED Talks with music as a backdrop- it was hit 1.3 million times
Now we have the book- illustrated by various graphic artists in a variety of styles- it looks stunning.
Its message is powerful!
I was bullied at school, I was 14, just shifted into a new town, new kid on the block, a "good" girl in a world of back field smokers, I wanted to learn, play hockey, engage my big world in a class of kids who wanted to drop out and become something in a world of base. So they started that on me, it was merciless, ruthless and soul destroying- good black eye though.
I don't want to met them again, I know that as my life has flourished in meaning, there's despite serious intervention would being looking broken, with destruction around them.
But the verbal upstart bully of pride, yes I would like to see her again, I would want her to know that despite her venom, her put downs, her mocking of style and appearance, we made it, we survived in tact.... just.
This book paints in words and pictures what so many people have suffered, it gives an arm around the shoulder, it supports, it empathizes, it understands and it is powerful!