Brutal Youth: A Novel
FRESHMAN PETER DAVIDEK only wants to stay out of trouble. His combative best friend Noah Stein only wants to fight back. And their shared crush with the awful home life, Lorelei Paskal, is desperate to make friends -- no matter how many enemies she creates along the way. These three find... show more
FRESHMAN PETER DAVIDEK only wants to stay out of trouble. His combative best friend Noah Stein only wants to fight back. And their shared crush with the awful home life, Lorelei Paskal, is desperate to make friends -- no matter how many enemies she creates along the way. These three find themselves fighting for survival at St. Michael the Archangel High School, a once-prestigious institution that has become a crumbling dumping ground for delinquents, misfits, and the unlucky. It's a place where bullying is sanctioned as "fun and games" hazing, where the unwritten rule is you can't hurt anyone who can hurt you back--and there's no one to turn to because the adults are part of the problem. The parish priest is embezzling from the church, the guidance counselor is coming unhinged with rage and regret, and the well-intentioned nun who runs St. Mike's mistakenly thinks compromise and cover-up can fix things. A coming-of-age tale, a dark comedy, and a tragedy rolled into one, Brutal Youth follows this band of students as they learn whether it's possible to protect yourself without losing who you are.
Publish date: 2015-06-02
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
We should be afraid...over how easy it is to go wrong, trying to make others do right. - Chapter 5 Sometimes, when you are feeling your worst, an extra stab of pain doesn't hurt at all. Hopelessness is a great anesthetic. - Chapter 41 The best revenge you can get is making people see the worst p...
Recommended to all the people who are in a really bad place right now: so you can see that it can be worse and that life isn't fair. Or maybe not.... If you are suicidal this book could convince you to make that final step. I've boosted the rating for this book to 2 stars. 1 star for being entertain...
The problem I have with BRUTAL YOUTH is its incongruous nature. At times, it reads like Young Adult, but its size and dark content pushes it into literary or adult fiction. Worse, those guest author blurbs. If you haven’t already, don’t read them! In the recent book THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY, t...