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Breaking Point by Alex Flinn
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Apr 08, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: edgy-ya, school-bombs, suicide, bullying, cautionary-tale
Read from June 19 to December 14, 2012

** spoiler alert ** 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 popular student, Charlie Good takes him under his wing, stopping this from continuing. And Paul starts seeing this very manipulative psychotic person with rose-coloured glasses until it's too late. Charlie is a user, and plays on Paul's insecurities to get what he wants. All the way through I could see where this was heading. The outcome was obvious, but I could understand (to a point) how a naive person like Paul could miss all of the signs that he was being used. Plus, he was too caught up in his problems to see what Charlie was up too. But, what Paul did was still very wrong and he understood this in the end, but Charlie didn't. He was psychotic - totally psychotic. He was despicable, a murderer in the making who used his wits, charm and family to escape punishment.

This story is even more chilling with recent events in America. Again, it's not a nice tale, so don't go into it thinking there is a happily ever after, because there isn't. It's a warning for students, teachers, and parents.
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Reading Progress

06/19/2012 page 7
12/09/2012 page 104
40.0% "Power play: the psychotic and the gullible."
12/12/2012 page 182
71.0% "That was incredibly sad, I really didn't want that to happen, was hoping he wouldn't ...(spoiler) but... Really sad, I liked him. This book is chilling." 3 comments
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