Brutal Youth

Brutal Youth

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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."
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Product details

  • Hardback | 412 pages
  • 164 x 243 x 37mm | 612g
  • English
  • 1250019354
  • 9781250019356
  • 1,132,771

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"This quick, unsettling coming-of-age novel blends sympathy and satire with surprising effectiveness."
--"Shelf Awareness
""Breznican captures a perfect balance of horror, heartbreak, and resilience and takes the high school novel into deeper places. Great for the beach but not just a summer read."
--Library Journal, starred review
"A story that confidently rips through tangles of high school insanity. The author molds real characters out of high school stereotypes, most notably the misfits, all struggling for a humble slice of dignity within St. Michael's wretched, bleeding walls. The satiric narrative is as brilliantly hilarious as it is poignant and heartrending." --"School Library Journal," starred review
"Readable and clever." --"Kirkus Reviews
""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
"With "Brutal Youth," Anthony Breznican has captured high-school life in all its gruesome, wild, survival-of-the-fittest lunacy. His portrait of teenagers--and the theoretical grownups who tend to them--is, by turns, painfully funny and painfully painful, but always sharp as a well-carved stick."
--Gillian Flynn, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Gone Girl
""Anthony Breznican's debut screams with undeniable talent. Part "The Outsiders." Part Stephen King's "The Body." The aptly named "Brutal Youth" is a funny, tough, and heartbreaking book about the darker side of growing up."
--Stephen Chbosky, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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About Anthony Breznican

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, "and" "is currently a senior staff writer for "Entertainment Weekly. Brutal Youth "is his first novel.
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1,555 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
5 25% (393)
4 37% (581)
3 24% (375)
2 9% (147)
1 4% (59)
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