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Anthony Breznican

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Anthony Breznican is a reporter who has worked for The Arizona Republic, the Associated Press, USA Today, and is currently on staff at Entertainment Weekly.

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Anthony Breznican The character who surprised me the most and became my favorite to write is the freshman girl they call "Seven-Eighths."

For those who haven't read it,…more
The character who surprised me the most and became my favorite to write is the freshman girl they call "Seven-Eighths."

For those who haven't read it, she's this mousy, wallflower-type who comes from an ultra-religious family, and is so thin that the other kids joke she's missing a lengthwise segment. She doesn't get mentioned a lot by readers, but I loved it when she turned up on my laptop screen.

Seven-Eighths started out as a victim who develops a little strength by becoming a spy for Father Mercedes, this crooked priest who has been stealing from the parish and is trying to gather dirt on the teachers and students so he can shut down the school and make use of the real estate.

Father Mercedes and Seven-Eighths have this villain and minion thing going on, which I hope is kind of darkly funny. But at a certain point I realized she also despised the priest -- which makes sense because she's one of the few who sees him for what he really is.

She kept revealing new sides of herself. Seven-Eighths is quietly rooting for Father Mercedes' downfall, and could even help facilitate that ... but she keeps helping him anyway.

Why? Why do people do that in real life, side with the bully, the jerk boss, or the abusive husband? Her storyline led me to one of my favorite lines in the book: "Sometimes we crave the love of those we're afraid to hate."

To me, that's the code-key for a lot of the behaviors in Brutal Youth, and I have Seven-Eighths to thank for it.(less)
Anthony Breznican Hi Ellen, some of the crazier situations in the book are actually the true things!

I was inspired by some of my own incredible friendships at that…more
Hi Ellen, some of the crazier situations in the book are actually the true things!

I was inspired by some of my own incredible friendships at that age. Guys and girls who stuck their necks out for me (and hopefully vice versa) when we were most desperate. Foxhole friendships. You never forget those, especially when everything in life seems to be happening in CAPITAL LETTERS with lots of exclamation points. Everything I loved about being a kid is embedded in this story of resistance and troublemaking.

At my real school, we also had a colorful, criminal priest named Fr. Benz who <spoiler>skimmed $1.3 million </spoiler>from the church before being caught. And my high school did have a gym that was converted into a chapel (but that was because they ran out of money during construction, not because it burned down.)

Many of the hazing rituals (the "beauty" contest, turning ties into dog-leashes, the servant duty, the wrecking-ball attacks) really happened, and I definitely knew students who fled their schools (or ours) to escape vicious rumors or nicknames. Since the book has come out, I've met a lot of kids who face the same kind of crap today.

I tried to take these things and write an exciting, surprising story, and hopefully there are some twisted laughs in there, too. I wanted "Brutal Youth" to be a survival thriller set in a high school, not a sermon.

But there's a lot in the book that's true. The one criticism that really bothers me is people saying, "This can't happen ... some adult would step in." It's like ... really? The news is full of stories about kids who thought that exact same thing. (less)
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There's a group here on Goodreads called "Books Stephen King Recommends," and I'm beyond thrilled that they've selected BRUTAL YOUTH for their Sept./Oct. read.

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