Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican [ARC]

brutal youthThis was one of the most messed up books I have ever read.  (I don’t mean that as an insult, by the way.  I am referring to the content, not the writing.)  It was like driving by a terrible car accident — you know you shouldn’t look, but you just *have* to see for yourself what’s going on.  And although I did think it was a bit hyperbolic, it wasn’t completely outside the realm of possibility either.  I mean, the Catholic Church is pretty well known for brushing things under the rug and covering things up to save their reputation, so why wouldn’t it be possible for a Catholic school to have insane hazing issues and major problems with student discipline in general?  Let alone the fact that there have been so many darn hazing stories in recent years — many of which involved high school students and adults who looked the other way.  Part of me wanted to reach into the story to slap the snot out of the so-called adults who let the insanity continue, and part of my wanted to stop reading in case something truly horrific happened because I wasn’t sure if I would be able to handle it.  I think this story is like a more modern version of Lord of the Flies — only with adults who just stood by and watched everything unfold.

Happy Reading!


3 responses to “Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican [ARC]

  1. I’ve got this on my kindle, waiting to do a review closer to the pub date. I’m stoked! Thanks for your review–it looks like an amazing read. Isn’t there a blurb by Sai (Stephen) King on the front?

    • I don’t recall if there was a blurb by Stephen King, but I know James Dashner (author of Maze Runner) said this book was “one of the most thought-provoking, troubling, captivating stories I’ve read in a long time.” That was enough to get me to pick it up!

  2. Your review makes me want to read it so I’m adding it to my Want-to-Read book list, but I will most likely read it with some trepidation. I let books get to me, so if I find myself upset or disturbed I have to take breaks and push myself to continue, especially books where people are being mistreated.

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