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Bye Bye Bully
Apr. 24, 2019
Isabel Maria Peña
Fiction: General/Other
On the surface and in a basic and practical way, “Bye Bye Bully” is about two thirteen year old girls. One, Amanda Muse, who moved from New York City to Colorado to start middle school far from home. Amanda is biracial and comes from your typical nuclear family. Her family, although together, had issues with infidelity in the past and with the care of an autistic child. Nevertheless, they remained positive and made the best out of any situation presented to them.

Mildred Riley, on the other hand, is a thirteen year girl who is being raised by a single father because her mother abandoned the family when Mildred was six. Her father, Joe, although struggling with the after math of his wife’s abandonment, dedicates his life to work in order to support his household. Believing that this is not your “normal” family scenario, Mildred grows angry and resentful towards life in general, and towards anybody privileged not to come from a “broken” home. Hence, she becomes a bully.

When Mildred meets Amanda, she envies Amanda under the assumption that Amanda has everything going for her. Immediately, Amanda becomes her target. After countless days of bullying, Mildred gets hit on the head by Amanda’s homeless friend, Bo, which caused her to have amnesia. Dealing with alcoholism, Joe was forced to join a ninety day rehabilitation program, rendering him unable to care for Mildred. Amanda’s compassionate and positive family agrees to care for Mildred at their home until Joe is done with his rehab.

Not being able to remember her life before the amnesia set in and forgetting everything that made her angry, along with the positive and loving environment at the Muse’s, Mildred was able to find her true self and identity. The two girls become very close friends. When Mildred regains her memory, she realizes the hurt she has caused and why she was so miserable. She then chooses to free herself from all of the labels and conditioning that made her feel “less than” and angry to begin with, and became the loving person she truly is.

Unlike other bullying stories, the focus of “Bye Bye Bully” is not so much on the victim, but on the aggressor and the reasons why they do what they do. Also, to hopefully make the victims understand that there’s nothing wrong with them but with the abuser. “Bye Bye Bully” also makes slight mentions of puberty, autism, infidelity, drug addiction, homelessness, and sexuality. At the end of the day, it all comes down to perceptions, attitude, love, compassion, the choices we make and/or choices we are able to make. Ultimately, “Bye Bye Bully” wants to teach our youth that life is much, much easier if not only, we stop trying to follow the crowd and just be our own individual self, but if we respect and embrace all humanity.
Mia Tyler
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