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They say writing is therapeutic. How therapeutic can it be when you are picked on, beat up, and ostracized day in and day out for as far back as you can remember?

Peter Rubin, an overweight tenth-grader, starts a journal to write down his thoughts. Through his very personal and lifelike entries the reader gains an understanding of his life. But something is wrong. Many of the entries are written on ("PETER RUBIN IS A LOSER!" "FATASS!" "JELLY ROLLS!"), some of them are ripped, there are even horrible pictures scrawled over his most private thoughts.

Will the beautiful new girl at school who sits in front of him think he's a loser, too? Will Tommy Boots and John, his only two friends, stand by his side? And will the horrible teens who he calls "The Clan," a group that has dedicated its time to making Peter's life a living hell, get what they deserve?

The Journal of Peter Rubin can be viewed as an exciting and emotional work of fiction, or it can be viewed as an in-depth psychological study on how teens who are bullied react, consider suicide, and try to survive the horrible abuse they endure everyday at school. The choice is yours. Open Peter's journal. Take a look at his private thoughts. But be respectful.

***Educators and schools will receive discounts on bulk orders of paperback copies. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

The Journal of Peter Rubin is an e-book the likes of which you've never seen before.
--Ruth Simmons

The Journal of Peter Rubin is a controversial, yet important, work of visual literature.
--Diane Daniels

If there's one book that you should read, The Journal of Peter Rubin is it.
--Nathanial Kress

The Journal of Peter Rubin: A Novel by Melissa  Maiello

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The Journal of Peter Rubin: A Novel

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