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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."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 137 x 206 x 28mm | 318g
  • St. Martin's Griffin
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1250067898
  • 9781250067890
  • 1,195,782

Review quote

""Breznican has accomplished that rare feat of unflinchingly exposing the high school experience in all of its hilarity, vengeance, and terror. You'll think Roald Dahl just went for a swim in the world of John Hughes and came out wearing prison stripes. Life isn't fair... but high school is brutal.show more

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.show more

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1,407 ratings
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4 38% (536)
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2 9% (122)
1 4% (57)
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