Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Brutal Youth

Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican

Out: June 10, 2014

Summary: 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.

Want: I think this sounds really interesting. I like books that take place in schools, and I'm quite curious to see where this one leads us!


I also wanted to share another book today that I think is doing great things! It's a collection of short stories by awesome TV writers (all women!) and all the proceeds go to help the Lupus Foundation of America!

Praise for Empower: Fight Like A Girl

"Even non-girls will feel empowered by these stories about ordinary, 
flawed characters finding their own strengths. Highly entertaining and 

   - Lee Goldberg
New York Times bestselling author of The Chase and King City, whose mother lost her hearing to lupus.

Women of TV have united against lupus! Presenting Empower: Fight Like A Girl, a special collection of short stories by top women writers from some of your favorite shows, including: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Family Guy, Person of Interest, Grimm, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Law & Order: SVU, Star Trek: Voyager, Eureka, Twisted, The 100, Malcolm in the Middle, Millennium, Being Human, The Shield, Castle, Chuck, Gilmore Girls, and Game of Thrones. In this anthology, you'll discover supernatural thrillers, crime mysteries, horror, comedies, and more.

Authors contributing stories to this volume include:

  • Amy Berg
  • Cherry Chevapravatdumrong
  • Akela Cooper
  • Liz Edwards
  • Jane Espenson
  • Shalisha Francis & Nadine Knight
  • Lisa Klink
  • Pang-Ni Landrum
  • Lauren LeFranc
  • Kam Miller
  • Jess Pineda
  • Jennifer Quintenz
  • Lisa Randolph
  • Kay Reindl
  • Kira Snyder
  • Jeane Wong

  • All proceeds will be donated to the non-profit Foundation of America to help solve the cruel mystery of lupus.


    Erika Sorocco said...

    Empower looks awesome!


    Kindlemom said...

    I haven't seen this one around but it does look good!

    Brandi Kosiner said...

    Empower sounds good, hope that you get a chance to read it soon. Happy hump day!

    Liviania said...

    That does look like a cool short story collection. I like Cherry Cheva.

    Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

    The first book looks very interesting. I like that it has a bullying theme, hopefully it has a positive message and the second book is just awesome!

    Zoe N. said...

    Oooh...I haven't heard of either of these, but I'm certainly intrigued! Definitely adding them to my TBR list! Thanks for sharing Lauren! <3

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

    Eileen said...

    Just the title of Brutal Youth is chilling, and after I read the synopsis I was just hooked :) Thanks for sharing! <33

    Candace said...

    I like the cover of the Empower book. The other one sounds good, I can't believe I hadn't heard of it yet!

    kimbacaffeinate said...

    These are both awesome and unique picks Lauren. I am loving the premise behind them!

    Lauren D. said...

    Empower sounds really cool! I've also had my eye on Brutal Youth, it definitely sounds like something I might enjoy. Great picks!