Brutal Youth

Brutal Youth

Book - 2014
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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250019356
1250019354
Branch Call Number: Fiction Breznican
Characteristics: 412 pages ; 25 cm

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Nov 04, 2017

'Like Fight Club meets Breakfast Club', that's how the writer himself described it, I went into this book not knowing what to expect but the classic tropes commonly found in YA novels. The characters are all so wonderfully developed, the motives are very clear and honestly, it's kind of hard to hate even the antagonists of this story, everyone is fending for themselves. This adolescent drama is actually captivating, and the ending is tragic but left on a high note. Set in a run-down Catholic school (something I can relate to), Peter makes some unlikely friends in secondary school while dealing with brutal hazing and torment from his upperclassmen. Honestly, I would recommend this book to anyone, it definitely is unique.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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