Boy Bullied for Loving Books Gets Thousands of Followers Who Want to Read His Reviews | 22 Words

Starting school can be daunting for anyone. For most people, it's a time of stress, insecurities, and social pressure. Trying to fit in with the "cool kids" while simultaneously trying to study for midterms is a pretty difficult task, to say the least.

One bullied boy, who has been teased for his love of reading, has well and truly had the last laugh this week after going viral online. Keep scrolling for an extremely wholesome read...

School is a really formative time in your life.

The curriculum can often seem a little random and there is a general consensus amongst students each and every year that fractions and analyzing old poems will not get you anywhere in life. That being said, everything that you learn during your school career shapes the adult that you become.

Not fitting in can make the challenge of school all the more difficult.

Forget the lessons, the homework, the presentations, the miniature dioramas... the most challenging part about school is making friends and fitting in.

Having a support network is the best way to survive school.

Knowing that someone has your back makes walking through those school gates just that little bit more do-able. In fact, we'd go as far as to say that having good friends can actually make school kind of okay.

Plenty of celebrities also hated school.

It's reassuring, and perhaps important, to note that plenty of successful figures in popular culture hated school. But, just because no one wanted to sit with them in the cafeteria, their lives weren't over. In fact, those early rejections from their peers probably strengthened them for future challenges, making them the successes that we see today.

And there are many reasons why kids pick on other kids.

It's cruel as often, children are left fearing coming to school and will do anything to avoid social interactions just because they don't want to be singled out.

It's a heartbreaking reality...

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And it seems that straying away from anything deemed to be the "norm" can land you the victim of relentless teasing and bullying.

Meet thirteen-year-old Callum Manning.

The teen from South Shields, in the U.K. was devastated when he became the target of bullies at his new school for his love of reading.

Callum had recently set up an Instagram account to showcase his love for books.

He set up the page, titled @cals_book_account to share recommendations with his friends as well as document what books he was reading.

The teen features the likes of Jane Austen, George Orwell, and Mary Shelley on his page.

But his happiness was soon shattered when he became the target of relentless bullying at school for his Instagram page.

The bullying reportedly "left him in tears."

Things reached new heights however when a Whatsapp group chat he had joined at his new school was used to make fun of his hobby.

At one point in the group chat, he was labeled a "creep."

"I don't tend to cry that often but I think that was the first time in a while I've actually cried," the teen admitted.

He had also been described as a "sad weirdo."

The comments, that were made on the group chat that Callum had been added to, left him "devasted," according to his mom.

So, his sister decided to take action against the bullies...

Ellis Landreth took to Twitter on Saturday to speak out for her little brother.

Her tweet instantly went viral.

And was met with an outpour of love.

Book stores began offering him free books...

Callum's mom, Carla Landreth, said he has loved reading since he was really young and tends to pick up books you wouldn't expect a young teen to be interested in.

Even celebrities got on board.

Author, Matt Haig, who has written popular titles such as Notes on a Nervous Planet and Reasons To Stay Alive, chimed in.

Since the outpour of support, Callum has grown in confidence.

"And since this has been happening, his confidence has just soared. He's a lovely kid, he's a very loving kid, and he's just saying, 'I can't believe these people want to follow me on Instagram and want to send me stuff'."

And Callum's followers have began to skyrocket.

At the time of writing, his Instagram page had amassed a staggering 250k.

The teen even took to his Instagram story to thank everyone for their support.

"I never thought this would ever happen, this just happened out of the blue, and it's just showed that there are good people in the world."

This story proves that social media really can be used for good.

His followers are increasing by the hour! He's well and truly has the last laugh... Check out his Instagram page here.