‘You’ Author Caroline Kepnes Supports Bullied Teenage Book Reviewer
Caroline Kepnes, the author of the now adapted for Netflix series You, has shut down a book reviewers bullies.
The 43-year-old American author is best known for her books You, Hidden Bodies and Providence: A Novel that is now Netflix‘s biggest dark-comedy romance series.
Ellis Landreth, from Sunderland, England, revealed that her younger brother, Callum Manning, was a victim of bullies on social media, all because he loves to review books and share his thoughts online. Landreth wrote on Twitter, “Can’t believe how awful kids are. My little brothers made an Instagram reviewing and talking about books and kids in his new school have seen it and have created a group chat calling him a creep slagging him off about it and added him to it so he can see,”
Can’t believe how awful kids are. My little brothers made an Instagram reviewing and talking about books and kids in his new school have seen it and have created a group chat calling him a creep slagging him off about it and added him to it so he could see ? pic.twitter.com/wuuj2XlO34
— Ellis (@EllisLandreth1) February 29, 2020
Many users came forward to show their support, with JJ from Capital replying, “What a clever lad! Tell him to keep doing his thing!” followed by Emojipedia saying, “We love books and so just started following Cal’s great IG account,”
We love books and so just started following Cal’s great IG account ☺️ ✨ ????????? ✨
— Emojipedia ? (@Emojipedia) March 1, 2020
The 13-year-old began receiving tons of support once Ellis’ post went viral on Twitter. He went public on his Instagram Stories saying, “We just hit 100 followers thank you to everyone who follows” — turns out, thousands of people wanted to show their support and even started liking a bunch of his posts.
At the time of posting this article, Cal’s Instagram account holds over 60,000 followers — an amount he accumulated in less than 24 hours.
Kepnes was alerted to the distressing situation that involved people bullying Manning for his love of books. Mark Lowes from Wales, United Kingdom, wrote on Twitter, “[Caroline Kepnes] devasting! Help?” to which the author responded, “It is devastating and I would very much like to send Cal some books.”
Ellis posted a screenshot of a WhatsApp conversation between her and Callum where she displays his excitement that Caroline reached out to support him and his journey of book love.
He’s absolutely over the moon ?? pic.twitter.com/OQh2YoLy3J
— Ellis (@EllisLandreth1) March 1, 2020
According to Ellis, the group chat was set up by someone in school and had around 40 other students in the chat contributing to the bullying, later adding Callum into the chat for him to read the hurtful and despicable comments.
Heartwarming end to a serious bullying issue.
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