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.
“Those who felt the most pain had the most to dump on others.”
Reading Brutal Youth is powerful. This troubling, affecting story will leave you lost in thought long after you have finished reading. My heart was heavy for the cast and all they suffered and endured.
“It’s easier to hurt someone when you don’t have to feel it back”.
Breznican provides an eclectic array of endearing characters, all pulling at the readers heartstrings as you experience their anguish and triumphs. A few characters and their stories are tattooed on my brain and will remain with me permanently, specifically – Clink, Hannah, Stein and Davidek.
“You have to face the worst things in your life, or maybe you become one of those things.”
As we hear daily in the media of the ongoing growing issue of bullying Brenznican uses Brutal Youth as a sobering example of what’s really happening in society. The narrative is well paced so the reader is slowly immersed as opposed to being thrust into the madness.
“You always hold on to the worst of things – and you lose everything else.”
A savage yet beautiful intriguing read succeeding on all levels. The well placed insertions of dark humor tempered the painful tone. I highly recommend this book for young and mature readers. A lens capturing the cruelty and malice behavior a majority of society partakes. Nonetheless an eyeopener of a very real issue that’s sadly, not improving.
“The things we surrender to when we’re young, we keep surrendering to the rest of our lives.”
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▪︎Published June 10th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review