By K. M. Walton
Simon Pulse, Paperback, 9781442429178, 312pp.
Publication Date: December 4, 2012
Victor hates his life. He has no friends, gets beaten up at school, and his parents are always criticizing him. Tired of feeling miserable, Victor takes a bottle of his mother's sleeping pills--only to wake up in the hospital.
Bull is angry, and takes all of his rage out on Victor. That makes him feel better, at least a little. But it doesn't stop Bull's grandfather from getting drunk and hitting him. So Bull tries to defend himself with a loaded gun.
When Victor and Bull end up as roommates in the same psych ward, there's no way to escape each other or their problems. Which means things are going to get worse--much worse--before they get better.
“In this powerful debut novel, K.M. Walton takes an unrelenting look at the corrosive effects of bullying, sometimes coming from where one would least expect it. CRACKED crackles with emotional intensity from beginning to end.”
--James Howe, bestselling author of THE MISFITS
"Readers who enjoy stories of dysfunction, personal growth, and redemption will love this book."
— VOYA, February 2012
"[Bull's and Victor's] stories offer a strong message of hope to the bullied and abused."
--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, April 2012