Bully Kindle Edition
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The story itself here is pretty good, but the amount of backstory the author gives on some characters is almost overwhelming. When I read the description of the book I saw the Lisa and Windy were going to be our two main characters. Truth be told, these two don't show up until close to a quarter of the novel is over. Once we get to that point, then the synopsis of the book actually takes hold, but before that there was wave upon wave of the history of the community. While I feel that the history is useful for the reader in this case, I also feel the author may want to either find a way to be more concise in her writing or take a little time to revisit the synopsis so the reader doesn't feel as lost during the first 4-5 chapters of the book. The novel was well edited and did flow well once the narrative took hold.
At the end of the book you'll find yourself smarter because you'll understand laws around parenting better, but you'll also find that your view of the world might not be exactly what you thought it was.
I definitely recommend this book.
The story starts in the 1980’s – when the AIDS pandemic was in full force. The story is about Lisa – who (even though she is gay) wants to start a family. Lisa then meets Windy – a beautiful woman who sweeps her off her feet. Lisa and Windy fall madly in love with each other. The story then moves – where Lisa and Windy don’t get married but Lisa has a baby girl. Things start to not go so well between them and Lisa and Windy separate. Then the problems start with Windy trying to take custody of Lisa’s daughter. I don’t write spoilers – so you will just have to read the book to find out what happens.
There is a lot of law information given in this book (lots of cases sited and the information about those cases) in regards to the rights of LGBT community and the rights of those parent in custody battles. This is a very different type of book for me to read – but OMG, it really did explain the logistics about the difficult circumstances that they have to experience. Although some of the book appears a little complex, it is still an interesting book that will hold your attention to the end.
Dun is a lawyer, and was a board member on an LGBT bar association. Her knowledge and experience, her memories of events that this book is based on come through in her writing. Both in terms of her legal experience, and her personal memories.
One of the things that I really liked about the book was that it covered a wide period of time, and it mirrored the custody cases. One case is of a lesbian mother fighting for her child, and the other is heterosexual. The mirrored cases serve to make you think, and it’s very easy to get quickly wrapped up in both of these stories.
The other character who must be mentioned in Bully is Joanna Crawford. She’s a judge who has a more personal interest as her own father was stripped of his parental rights because he was gay. The AIDS hysteria of the time meant that LBGT parents were considered to be a risk to the child. Fast forward a number of years, and Joanna Crawford is a judge presiding over family law cases, and a supporter of the LBGTQ cause.
Bully is well written, and for a debut novel, it’s incredibly gripping in all the right places. It evokes some massive emotions, and with its murder mystery aspect, it kept me guessing up to the end. I was a little worried about how the two genres would mix in terms of the subject matter, but it worked really well.
I usually judge books based on if I would re-read them again in a month or two. Bully told such a good story, and told it so well, that I will absolutely be re-reading it again and again.
I agree with the fact that everyone should be able to marry who they want. I don’t care if it’s same sex or not. I feel all parents should be protected and keep their children in their lives if a marriage or “union” is no longer together. There should of been laws in place for that since day 1.
This book is so much more than that though. It’s about bullies trying to fight for the cause. You can fight for your cause all you want. Just make sure you are doing so LEGALLY and ETHICALLY.
This book is based on true events. My heart goes out to the mother’s that were victims of this legal bullying.
I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. My opinions are 100% my own.
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