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Kelechi Uchendu
Kelechi Uchendu Author Interview

Bully Friends educates readers on bully friendships and the dangers those relationships create. Why was this an important book for you to write?

I had several bully friendships in grade school and I knew how painful that was for me. I wanted to prevent another person from experiencing the heartache that I had experienced.

I also felt that the media talked about bullying and abuse in romantic relationships and families but rarely talked about abuse and bullying in platonic friendships. I wanted to start that conversation.

What do you feel is a common misconception people have about bullying?

People do not realize how damaging bullying really is. I developed PTSD from my bullying experiences. PTSD was very challenging to deal with. It has literally taken me years to get over the trauma that bullying caused me.

What is one thing you hope readers take away from your book?

I hope that readers understand the seriousness of bullying and refuse to tolerate it under any circumstances. I also hope that students will reach out to someone that will take their bullying situation seriously.

If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice what would it be?

I absolutely love this question! I would, first of all, give myself a big hug, and then I would tell myself that this situation is not permanent. The bullying will stop and you will go on to do big things in this world and be an inspiration to many. The bullying which was used to harm you and literally end your life will be used by God to save many lives.

I would also tell myself to report the bullying to a trusted school official and/or my parents because nobody should tolerate being bullied. Back then I just kept my head down and excelled in school and I didn’t even realize how dangerous doing that really was because I felt super depressed and isolated.

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Written by a woman who dealt with bullying and bully friendships during grade school, Bully Friends teaches everyone (even the bully!) about how dangerous bully friendships really are. This book covers everything from defining what a bully friend is to how to heal from a bully friend relationship. Along the way, Kay Kay shares personal stories of her heartbreaking experiences with bully friends and how she went on to find herself and form healthy relationships now and in the future.
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