Brutal Youth

By Anthony Breznican
(Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, 9781250019356, 412pp.)

Publication Date: June 10, 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"
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""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.




About the Author
ANTHONY BREZNICAN was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania and attended Catholic school for 13 years - longer than some of his teachers would have liked. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998, and went on to work as a reporter at" The Arizona Republic", "Associated Press", and "USA Today". He is currently a senior staff writer for "Entertainment Weekly", and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, a librarian, and their two children. "Brutal Youth "is his first novel.


NPR
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014

Entertainment Weekly reporter Anthony Breznican calls his debut novel a mix between Fight Club and The Breakfast Club. More at NPR.org

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