Indie Book Review: Chestnuts by Gilbert Ohanian



“Do not be split between who you are and who people want you to be… Somewhere in the world, there are thousands of people who are just like you. There is no urgency to find them right away. But you must be willing to connect and share who you are with people…”

-page 29

I don’t usually quote from the books I read but as soon as I read that paragraph I had the strongest impulse to record it immediately. It’s just so damn true! I wish I could have said this to my thirteen-year-old self.

Chesnuts is a wonderful, informative read. Part autobiography and part social commentary, the book was well-referenced with everything from journal articles to blogs and community websites. I found it difficult to read in parts because bullying and the horrible pettiness of some people makes me so angry. I read it in bouts, and I’m glad I did.

Highly recommended reading for parents, teachers, children, and anyone who would like to understand more about themselves and their peers.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Gilbert is also looking for more people to review his book! Please contact him at gilbertohanian <at> to suss out the details 🙂

Chesnuts, by Gilbert Ohanian

Book Length: 156 pages

Non-fiction Autobiographical/Self-help.

According to the Blurb:

Is there a bully in your life that you don’t know how to deal with? I had one too. It prompted me to write ‘Chestnuts: A True Story About Being Bullied, ‘ a book outlining practical strategies for defending against bullies and resolving the conflict and aggression that often plagues victims of bullying. Inside these pages, I will take you through my own harrowing journey with bullies – from boarding school beat-ups, to violent attacks from crazed skinheads on the streets of London, to bullies in public school in America. In each chapter a reflection of my personal story will show you what I did wrong, and how you can actually defend yourself in this modern day and age.

Find out: * How bullying is perceived by bullies, victims, parents and teachers * What goes on in the mind of a bully, and what you can do about it * How authority figures often make bullying even worse * The steps you can take to defend yourself, find help and heal from the trauma In ‘Chestnuts: A True Story About Being Bullied, ‘ you will find out how to deal with psychological, emotional and physical bullying – and even what to do when one of your teachers is being a bully. Get this book now, and empower yourself to stand against the tyranny that oppresses you!


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