Anthony Breznican’s debut novel Brutal Youth is a horrifying glimpse into the dark side of high school and shows the brutality of bullying, both by peers and the teaching faculty. The novel follows Peter Davidek, Lorelai Paskal, and Noah Stein, who freshmen at Saint Michael’s, a Catholic high school that is a haven for delinquent and religious students alike. Not only do they suffer bullying at the hands of their peers, but they are also tormented by faculty members such as the bitter guidance counselor Ms. Bromine and the fraudulent Father Mercedes. From hazing to both verbal and emotional abuse, cruel seniors make life a living hell for the freshmen, while incompetent parents and teachers turn a blind eye.
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