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Breaking Point

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,361 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews
Paul is new to Gate, a school whose rich students make life miserable for anyone not like them. And Paul is definitely not like them. Then, one day something incredible happens. Charlie Good, a star student and athlete, invites Paul to join his elite inner circle. All Charlie wants is a few things in return-- small things that Paul does willingly. And then, one day, Charli ...more
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Published May 14th 2002 by Listening Library (first published May 1st 2002)
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Marita Hansen
This is not a nice tale, but it is certainly a cautionary one that I think would be good for teens to read: a lesson about trust, manipulation, and right and wrong. It follows the character of Paul who isn't doing too well in his new wealthy high school. He's a bully's dream: he's not wealthy (he's there only because his mother has a job at the school), he's tall and gawky, and isn't adept at making friends since he was home-schooled prior to this. So, right from go he is picked on. But, a popul ...more
I did not like this. Normally I really enjoy Alex Flinn but this novel was emotionally draining and the characters were NOT likable at all. I know I was supposed to feel empathy for the narrator, Paul, but he just seemed so weak and gullible to me. I found his family drama to be annoying, not something I empathized with. I also really hated Charlie Good, possibly because I kept picturing Check from Gossip Girl in my head...
Breaking Point by Alex Flinn made me realize one very daunting fact... school is probably one of the most dangerous places to send our kids.

This book was far from being a fictional escape and more of a story about awareness and understanding with regards to school violence and why some kids resort to measures of destruction. Very scary and sad to say the least.

Paul Richmond is one of those privileged kids… if you can really consider him that. He is able to attend Gate Christian Academy on scho
Gloria Feit
Mar 01, 2014 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One thing you can always count on in a Joe Pickett novel: The environment and topography of Wyoming plays a vital part in the plot. This book is no exception. “Breaking Point” starts with an actual true story as its foundation: the Sackett Case, by which the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 9-0 ruling, declared that the EPA had overstepped in its dealings with the Idaho family.

Similarly, the regional director of the EPA in Denver, began an action against Butch and Pam Roberson, acquaintances of Joe and
Jan 15, 2016 Bethany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"'We're going to be friends, Paul. That's my point. That's what I wanted to talk about." He met my eyes. "We're too much alike not to be friends.'"

It's strange how much one person can affect somebody's whole life.

Paul Richmond was an outcast. After splitting up with her husband, Paul's mom has kept him and homeschooled him. But now he's going to be the new kid at school, and Paul finds himself to be more alone than ever.

Paul meets strange people, like Binky, and David. But the other kids still t
Mar 16, 2016 Koen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read the start of the book and it is quite fun and interesting. I have just got to the part where the protagonist starts to talk to Charlie a seemingly popular kid in the school who will help him to fit in with others. I find it fun to read although little exciting things are happening yet, it is only the start of the book and as it well develop it will hopefully become a more lively book. Right now it seems like all the author talks about is his problems with family and friends in school ...more
Sep 06, 2009 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul, a new kid that moved to Miami, is constantly picked on because he's poor. Paul goes to this expensive private school called Gate-Bicknell Christian. Paul is there free because his mother works in the school office. The jocks mercilessly pick on Paul by shooting spit-wads in his hair, mooning him in the hall, tripping him in class, and pouring cola down the slats of his locker. His only friend is a funny-looking girl named Binky. After all the cruelty he's been through, he still thinks he ...more
Sarah (YA Love)

With the incredible popularity in my Y.A. Lit class of Alex Flinn’s other novel, Breathing Underwater, I knew I had to buy and read more of her novels. Breaking Point did not disappoint.

Just like in Breathing Underwater Alex Flinn has developed intense characters struggling with critical issues. Paul doesn’t fit in at Gate and no one lets him forget it. He’s tripped in the halls, his locker is vandalized, and he’s teased relentlessly. To top it off, his parents have divorced and his father acts
Ashley Cornwell
Apr 29, 2016 Ashley Cornwell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By Alex Flinn

Starting high school at a new school can be quite scary. Alex Flinn's BREAKING POINT shows how judgmental and cruel high schoolers can be.

Flinn gives readers an inside look on how "newbies" are treated at school, and also what their lives might be like at home. While I was reading this book I kept wondering what life would be like for me if I had to transfer schools.

The main character Paul is having to adjust to a new school, and a new life because of his moth
Destiny Myers-wise
The book "Breaking Point" is based on a High school student at Gate, a school for rich kids. Paul and his mother moved in town because his mother works for the school. He is extremely taller than everyone else but this one girl. She approaches him and they become acquaintances and she is his only friend. After a couple weeks of dreading his upcoming of the school he meets Charlie Good, a star tennis player who has everything he they think. Behind the scenes he is just like Paul or at l ...more
Jun 30, 2014 Bethany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The violence in this book certainly will appeal to the male teenage mind, and the narrator's desperation to become part of the crowd is something that may students will find relatable. Knowing that I am not the intended demographic for this novel, I find the fact that the narrator is so compelled to do whatever it takes to stay friends with the "cool kids" very believable. What is unsatisfying and hard to rectify is the father-son relationship Flinn depicts. Certainly it catalyzes the decision-m ...more
Zowie Spicer
Sep 24, 2014 Zowie Spicer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked the book Breaking Point for 2 reasons 1- my school library was giving away free books and 2- it sounded pretty interesting.

The setting takes place at his school Gate-Brickell Christian. Gate-Brickell is in Miami, his new town. He is standing in the registration line, squeaking the vinylized wood gym floor.

In the beginning of the story Paul/ Einstein was bullied by charlie and his friends. Later in the story he becomes friends with Charlie but then charlie is making Einstein do all thes
Mar 29, 2009 Thomas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Alex Flinn
This book was as intriguing as it was disturbing. It's about a teenager who moves to a new school and doesn't have any friends, and who eventually gets bullied and pressured into joining a rich kid gang. But, there's a price as well. The plot of this book sincerely touched me towards the end, but it also really weirded me out. At times I felt that the story completely jumped the shark, but otherwise it was a decent read and Alex Flinn doesn't dissapoint.
Sarah Rooney
Raise your hand if you know what a game warden is? Raise your hand if you’ve ever met one. This book took me back to my days living on a ranch in Texas. Although this story takes place in Wyoming, I’ve met a game warden or two, and in fact, I feel like I’ve met most of the characters in the story. I enjoyed the “outside” elements of the tale, and of the attachment folks have to the land, family and the responsibility we have for our wildlife and natural resources. I loved how, though I’ve not be ...more
I tried to like this. Really I did, but good grief. There was not one person in this book that I liked. Everyone (except for Binky) was absolutely detestable. I listened to it and I kept stopping it and listened to the radio, just to gather my strength to start listening again.

What a exhausting book.

I know that Alex Flinn is a popular author. This is the first of her books that I've read. I'll try again.
Ashley Roeder
The Breaking Point is about this guy that just moved to a new school with his mom. After his parents got a divorce they moved to Miami. Paul goes to this expensive private school called Gate-Bicknell Christian. Paul is there free because his mother works in the school office. Paul does not like this school because all of the jocks thinks he is weird and they are mean to him.
On his first day of school he met a weird girl named Binky. When he went to school one day he found out that his locker wa
Jonathan Gillaspie
Sep 18, 2014 Jonathan Gillaspie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Paul Rickmond
Binky Lopez-Nande
Charlie Good

This book Breaking Point by Alex Flinn was intense. This book about boy name Paul Richmond that home schools. Then Paul Rickmond want to a fancy private school. After his father has an affair want his teacher mother, then got a divorces. He meets a girl named binky and a boy name d Charlie good. Paul father has a new wife and baby, and he ignores his calls. There kids at school look down on paul because his mom is a teacher.

Feb 19, 2014 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul has been home-schooled most of his life. He is new to Gate High School, a school where well-off spoiled students make life miserable for anyone who isn't like them. Paul struggles to fit in and is constantly picked on by his peers; that is until Charlie Good a model student and star athlete invites Paul to join his group of friends. Throughout the novel Charlie asks Paul for some small favors which Paul accepts, until one day Charlie comes up with an absurd idea that could change Paul's lif ...more
Franco Danino
Breaking point by Alex Flinn overall was a good book. Im not going to say much about this book but Paul, the protagonist has a harsh life. Paul lives at home with his mom and little sibling, in a poor environment. His mother is a teacher at a new school he attends to and his dad... well, lets say he isn't around. Just as Paul attends his new posh and rich people school, he has some hard and interesting times as a student. He later finds himself being used in a manipulative way, and doing things ...more
Nov 08, 2015 Claire rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 11, 2014 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was REALLY good!! this is the most recent book that ive read and it was really good. Alex Flinn has a very good was of taking everyday situations and then putting them into a story and making it interesting. This book got me think about peer pressure in real life and if i would do all the things that the main character was pressured into doing. This book was really cool. It made me think about how far people would really go to keep friends around. If you are a kid in either high school ...more
Amanda M
Jan 07, 2015 Amanda M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where can I even being to start about this book. It is so amazing! I love how the author captured the different kinds of people’s personalities. Alex Finn is a wonderful author; this is the only book that I have read of hers, but I am sure the rest are very good too. This book does swear a couple of times that is the only thing I did not like. The author really seemed to capture what kids and high school are really like. Not everywhere is as bad as the book, but these things happen, it is not fa ...more
Richie Partington
3 April 2002 BREAKING POINT by Alex Flinn, Harper Tempest, May 2002

"...I remembered what David had said: You'll be next. I knew it was true."

BREAKING POINT is the latest important teen tale to present a scenario of what may occur when a system condones horrific abuse of outcasts in school. In this case, Paul Richmond, the narrator and main character, is a kid who cannot stop himself from repeatedly taking the bait offered by the golden boy at an exclusive Christian school Paul attends as a resul
Feb 05, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing! I finished it in one day, again....I am so glad that I picked this book up....

This book was so good and I am so glad that I read it sooner rather then later. This book is about violence in schools...bullying, but yet so much more.

The main character, Paul, has moved to a new state with his mom and is now attending a new private school because his mom works in the office and so he can attend there. Because of this he is an outsider from the very first minute. Because of this
Sep 07, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paul is going to a new school ... uniforms ... clicks ... girls ... puberty ... fitting in ... all take place here . but Paul has always been different ... an outcast kinda ..Paul meets binky and they get along pretty well . . Paul gets knocked down by two guys while signing up for classes and Charlie good comes and helps him up .. that's the beginning of the end. Paul want to be his friend badly .. Charlie is very popular ... Paul and Charlie start to hang out.. play video games ... laugh .. Pa ...more
Jun 04, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul is new to GATE high school, a private school where his mom has gotten a teaching job. He is bullied and picked on until he becomes friends with a boy named Charlie. Charlie seems like the perfect child. He doesn’t get in trouble at school, he gets good grades, he is very popular with the students and the teachers, and he is in athletics. When Paul starts hanging out with Charlie everyone becomes his friend. He begins drinking, causing minor destruction like knocking over mail boxes, and lea ...more
Dec 12, 2013 Nicholas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Breaking Point, by Alex Flinn, was an amazing book. I didn't want to give this book a chance, as I had never read anything from this author, and I chose the book at random from my school library. I am very glad I actually gave this book a chance. This story is about a kid, named Paul Richmond, who joins a new school, and is constantly bullied by everyone. He gets mixed up with the wrong crowd, and gets into some serious trouble. I got so interested in this book, because I can relate to it so muc ...more
Feb 11, 2008 Lucy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Paul is your average outcast in a snooty rich private school. He grew up an army brat, moving from neighborhood to neighborhood and school to school along with his father’s postings, until his smothering mother decided to homeschool him. Now, his parents are divorced, his mother’s gotten a job in the office at a ritzy private school, and Paul has to face school with a bunch of obnoxious rich kids. All he wants is a friend, but it’s worse than that. As the scholarship kid, he’s constantly picked ...more
Wow, alright, so, this is a very real-world book about bullying in school and the true definition of a sociopath. I'm angry with the ending however any other ending would have been fake, created just for the sake of having a "happy ending" when the truth of the matter is a happy ending was impossible.

But let's get to the nitty gritty -I disliked all the characters in this story and not just the antagonist who is aptly named Charlie (anybody else picture Charles Mansen the whole time?). Paul was
Nov 09, 2008 Stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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