About The Book:
By: Anthony Breznican
Publication Date: June 2, 2015
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Three freshmen must join forces to survive at a troubled, working-class Catholic high school with a student body full of bullies and zealots, and a faculty that's even worse in Anthony Breznican's Brutal Youth.
With a plunging reputation and enrollment rate, Saint Michael’s has become a crumbling dumping ground for expelled delinquents and a haven for the stridently religious when incoming freshman Peter Davidek signs up. On his first day, tensions are clearly on the rise as a picked-upon upperclassmen finally snaps, unleashing a violent attack on both the students who tormented him for so long, and the corrupt, petty faculty that let it happen. But within this desperate place, Peter befriends fellow freshmen Noah Stein, a volatile classmate whose face bears the scars of a hard-fighting past, and the beautiful but lonely Lorelei Paskal —so eager to become popular, she makes only enemies.
To even stand a chance at surviving their freshmen year, the trio must join forces as they navigate a bullying culture dominated by administrators like the once popular Ms. Bromine, their embittered guidance counselor, and Father Mercedes, the parish priest who plans to scapegoat the students as he makes off with church finances. A coming-of-age tale reversed, Brutal Youth follows these students as they discover that instead of growing older and wiser, going bad may be the only way to survive.
High School is such a happy time and a sad time depending on who you are. High is like a hierarchy your are at the top, middle, or bottom. Depending on who you are you could be bullied or you could be the bullier. This book brought out so much for me because I was bullied in Elementary School and my daughter was bullied in Elementary school and now my son is in high a Freshman and he is being threatened by a kid who has older friends. It has gotten to the point where my son has had to fight a boy.
When my son came home that day and told me what he had done all I could think about was Peter and how all he wants to do is stay out of trouble. It is amazing to me that children feel the need to bully others for no reason. This book should be a must read for every eighth grader entering in to high school no matter whether the school is public or private they should be told it is a must read book. Then when school starts they should have an anti bullying seminar for all classes.
I loved this book and laughed and cried and at sometimes thought the title is a great title because at times the characters had a brutal time.
“If you thought high school was hell, has Anthony Breznican got a story for you…Every bully who stalked you, every sadistic teacher who ever terrified you, every stupid prank, every hopeless crush and false friend: they’re all here, along with a few kids who hang together and try to do the right thing in a brutal environment? By turns funny and terrifying, Brutal Youth is an unputdownable tour-de-force, a Rebel Without a Cause for the 21st century.”— Stephen King
About The Author:
Anthony Breznican was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. He has worked as a reporter for The Arizona Republic, Associated Press, and USA Today. Anthony is currently a senior staff writer for Entertainment Weekly, covering Star Wars, Marvel, the Oscars, and whatnot. Brutal Youth is his first novel.
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