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Brutal Youth : A Novel

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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 naviga

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At first I did not care for this book. It took a while for it to hook me. The author took his time developing the characters and it paid off. As I read I started caring about these kids. The title is definitely appropriate. Some of these kids were brutal and some had to become brutal to survive. The administrators of the school were appalling. I can't imagine how it would be to attend a school like this - and this was a private school! For some of the kids their life at home wasn't any better than their school life. The administrators and teachers looked the other way and sometimes were just as brutal as the kids. Father Mercedes had his own agenda for the school which was required to cover his embezzlement of funds. I don't quite understand why the author referred to the males always by their last names (Davidek, Stein, Green, LeRose, Zimmer) yet the females were always first name (Lorelei, Hannah, Audra) except for Ms. Bromine. The writing was very good. As I already mentioned, the character development was very good. Even though there are a lot of characters I was able to keep them all straight. The author took his time in revealing the depravities of the various characters so you are not slapped in the face with it all at once. The book is not light reading but it is eye opening. I don't know if I would survive in a school like St. Mike's. I received an Advance Reading Copy via BookBrowse.com's First Reads program.

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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 naviga

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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Publisher
St. Martin's Press
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
ENG
Number of Pages
416
Author
Anthony Breznican
ISBN-13
9781250019356
Publication Date
June, 2014
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.50 x 6.34 x 1.32 Inches
ISBN-10
1250019354

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At first I did not car...
At first I did not care for this book. It took a while for it to hook me. The author took his time developing the characters and it paid off. As I read I started caring about these kids. The title is definitely appropriate. Some of these kids were brutal and some had to become brutal to survive. The administrators of the school were appalling. I can't imagine how it would be to attend a school like this - and this was a private school! For some of the kids their life at home wasn't any better than their school life. The administrators and teachers looked the other way and sometimes were just as brutal as the kids. Father Mercedes had his own agenda for the school which was required to cover his embezzlement of funds. I don't quite understand why the author referred to the males always by their last names (Davidek, Stein, Green, LeRose, Zimmer) yet the females were always first name (Lorelei, Hannah, Audra) except for Ms. Bromine. The writing was very good. As I already mentioned, the character development was very good. Even though there are a lot of characters I was able to keep them all straight. The author took his time in revealing the depravities of the various characters so you are not slapped in the face with it all at once. The book is not light reading but it is eye opening. I don't know if I would survive in a school like St. Mike's. I received an Advance Reading Copy via BookBrowse.com's First Reads program.
Most helpful negative review
One thing I can say ab...
One thing I can say about this book: the title doesn't lie.I thought the cover was intriguing, and the synopsis very interesting. I had no idea just how brutal and graphic this book is. I shuddered my way through the first 2 chapters and then called it quits. It's just too brutal and too graphic for me. The cruel acts are described in detail and just too out there and vile for me to read.I get that the book is intent on shocking to drive the message home, but it was just too much for me, and too twisted.
Most helpful positive review
At first I did not car...
At first I did not care for this book. It took a while for it to hook me. The author took his time developing the characters and it paid off. As I read I started caring about these kids. The title is definitely appropriate. Some of these kids were brutal and some had to become brutal to survive. The administrators of the school were appalling. I can't imagine how it would be to attend a school like this - and this was a private school! For some of the kids their life at home wasn't any better than their school life. The administrators and teachers looked the other way and sometimes were just as brutal as the kids. Father Mercedes had his own agenda for the school which was required to cover his embezzlement of funds. I don't quite understand why the author referred to the males always by their last names (Davidek, Stein, Green, LeRose, Zimmer) yet the females were always first name (Lorelei, Hannah, Audra) except for Ms. Bromine. The writing was very good. As I already mentioned, the character development was very good. Even though there are a lot of characters I was able to keep them all straight. The author took his time in revealing the depravities of the various characters so you are not slapped in the face with it all at once. The book is not light reading but it is eye opening. I don't know if I would survive in a school like St. Mike's. I received an Advance Reading Copy via BookBrowse.com's First Reads program.
Most helpful negative review
One thing I can say ab...
One thing I can say about this book: the title doesn't lie.I thought the cover was intriguing, and the synopsis very interesting. I had no idea just how brutal and graphic this book is. I shuddered my way through the first 2 chapters and then called it quits. It's just too brutal and too graphic for me. The cruel acts are described in detail and just too out there and vile for me to read.I get that the book is intent on shocking to drive the message home, but it was just too much for me, and too twisted.
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I was lucky enough to ...

I was lucky enough to have won this through FirstReads giveaway! I am thankful for the opportunity to read this. When I began this book, I was sucked in immediately. I thought it would end up as a 5 star book for me. I can't seem to pinpoint why it lost my attention a bit, but it did. But only in parts, and overall it was a great read. 4 solid stars. Geez, high school! It is rough! I certainly felt the kids were real, and it brought back some feelings of HS. I was drawn into there lives, and i loved Anthony's writing style! I'd definitely check out further books written by him! Check this one out!

Received from NetGalle...

Received from NetGalley. I was lucky enough not to experience any Mean Girl culture in Great Neck in the '60s (and any separate groups then are now all one big, happy family on Facebook), but the Pittsburgh Catholic school in this book is a hotbed of Mean Girls and Boys. Set in 1991, before social media and cell phones, Brutal Youth depicts a culture of bullying, hazing, and just plain nastiness. No one can truly be trusted, and even the teachers and administration aren't always invested in making the crumbling school a safe place. I would dread going there every day. Not much actual learning was described, but more the day-to-day lives of the kids. Occasionally someone showed warmth and humanity, but the general mood was bleakness. The book has a plot, and the characters are strongly drawn and interesting to read about, but go elsewhere if you want blissful escapism.

This strangely fascina...

This strangely fascinating novel follows several freshmen as they enter into their first years at St. Michael's catholic school in the 1990's. The school is brutal (thus the title) and the freshmen are bullied relentlessly by upperclassman, teachers and school administrators. It is amazing out of this dark material that the characters are still sympathetic. The cycle of brutality at the school is to such an extent that no one really knows how to stop it, but only how to survive until it is all over. While at times this book is overly distraught as no one in these students' lives really stand up for them, it does tell depict and honest portrayal of how these situations repeat themselves. I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

At first I did not car...

At first I did not care for this book. It took a while for it to hook me. The author took his time developing the characters and it paid off. As I read I started caring about these kids. The title is definitely appropriate. Some of these kids were brutal and some had to become brutal to survive. The administrators of the school were appalling. I can't imagine how it would be to attend a school like this - and this was a private school! For some of the kids their life at home wasn't any better than their school life. The administrators and teachers looked the other way and sometimes were just as brutal as the kids. Father Mercedes had his own agenda for the school which was required to cover his embezzlement of funds. I don't quite understand why the author referred to the males always by their last names (Davidek, Stein, Green, LeRose, Zimmer) yet the females were always first name (Lorelei, Hannah, Audra) except for Ms. Bromine. The writing was very good. As I already mentioned, the character development was very good. Even though there are a lot of characters I was able to keep them all straight. The author took his time in revealing the depravities of the various characters so you are not slapped in the face with it all at once. The book is not light reading but it is eye opening. I don't know if I would survive in a school like St. Mike's. I received an Advance Reading Copy via BookBrowse.com's First Reads program.

I am not the intended ...

I am not the intended audience for this YA novel about bullying and teenage angst at a Catholic high school in Pennsylvania. I think it might be more appealing for teenagers and older pre-teens (or adults who like to read about teenagers as the center of the universe) but I found this book to lack nuance. The basic premise of life at St. Michael the Archangel is that "you can't hurt anyone who can hurt you back". So the organisms in this microcosm form a chain of pain from church to priest to nuns to teachers to students, and the freshmen are at the very end of the chain. This is an extremely black or white story. The administrators are horrible, the teachers are horrible, the parents are horrible and the bullying students are horrible, but not in an interesting way. I didn't enjoy reading about their petty, self centered cruelties. The exceptions are the three victim-protagonists, each of whom is generally good and is given a poignant backstory. The bullies do not get back stories, with the exception of one girl who is a victim turned bully. The first half of the book felt very repetitive with countless descriptions of hazing, mostly consisting of embarrassment, at the school. The school administrators and teachers are weak and ineffectual and make only inconsistent efforts to prevent bullying. In the second half of the book the stakes are higher and it has instances of real tragedy. The writing in this book isn't bad, but I was not absorbed by the story and I really didn't like the epilogue. Readers closer to their high school years may find it more compelling. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

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