b r u t a l    y o u t h

a dark coming-of-age novel by anthony breznican

About Brutal Youth

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. 

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.


Advance Praise

"If you thought high school was hell, has Anthony Breznican got a story for you ... Every bully who stalked you, every sadistic teacher who ever terrified you, every stupid prank, every hopeless crush and false friend - they're all here, along with a few kids who hang together and try to do the right thing in a brual environment." – Stephen King

"Sharp as a well-carved stick." – Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

"Funny, tough, and heartbreaking." – Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

"The high school experience in all of its hilarity, vengeance, and terror." – Jason Reitman, director of Juno and Up in the Air

"Thought-provoking, troubling, captivating." – James Dashner, The Maze Runner

"This one will haunt you." – Brad Meltzer, The Fifth Assassin


Hear NPR's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED discuss the book:

'Brutal Youth': Three High Schoolers Fight To Survive


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