Saturday, June 06, 2015

Blog Tour: Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican (Review & Interview)

Brutal Youth

Genre: Young Adult - Contemporary
Release Date: June 2nd 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
Recommended for: Readers who loves thought-provoking, dark, and crazy novels. This book will show you the brutality of high school.
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.

I'm actually having a hard time writing this review because I don't know what adjectives to used in describing this book but all I can say is that it was unquestionably brilliant.

The first time I saw this book, I knew I had to read it because the synopsis was utterly intriguing and it kind of reminded me of The Riot Club (a British drama-thriller). I definitely loved The Riot Club because of my love, Douglas Booth (excuse me while I swoon). But really, I loved the movie because Brutal Youth and The Riot Club kind of has similarities. In the movie, there are two freshmen students who joined the infamous Riot Club and in the club, they do a lot of crazy things. Way too crazy things. Just like in Brutal Youth.

The content was very much disturbing which I think not all readers would like but I surprisingly liked it anyway. The main point of this book, I think, is the three freshmen (respectively Peter Davidek, Noah Stein, & Lorelei Paskal) will try to stop the bullying at St. Mike's. The bullying in St. Mike's is like an initiation for freshmen students. The one who bullies the freshmen are the upperclassmen (sophomores, juniors, & seniors). In my opinion, the bullying in this book was wayyy too bad. And yes, I've been bullied before but it was not that bad. Definitely not St. Mike's bad. Thank goodness/

While reading this book, I found myself loving some characters and I certainly did found myself hating some characters. Some of the characters that I loved are: Peter Davidek, I wish I could have a friend like him because he's awesome; Noah Stein, I wish I could have Stein's braveness and he may get into trouble most of the time but he only fights back when he knows he needs to protect himself or his friends from the bullies at St. Mike's; Lorelei Paskal, she's may be truly sad on the inside but she knows how to be happy at least for a little while.
To be honest, Lorelei is like the fictional version of me. There are a lot of characters I hated in this book but the one I hated the most is Ms. Bromine because she's a B-I-T-C-H. Period.
From the very first page, I knew I'd end up loving it. And let me tell you, THE PROLOGUE WAS CRAZY. Really crazy. It was probably the craziest thing I've ever read in my life. This book is definitely one of the craziest and darkest novel I've read.

Brutal Youth is a thought-provoking, engaging, well-written, and an undeniably dark novel. It is a debut that shouldn't be missed. Readers who loves reading dark and crazy novels will love this book!


Troglodyte forever,