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Brutal Youth with Anthony Breznican

"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."

A coming-of-age tale blending twisted black humor, horror, and nostalgia as three friends battle bullies both at school and home, Brutal Youth is the debut novel of Anthony Breznican, a staff writer at Entertainment Weekly and fellow alum of St. Joe's in Natrona Heights.  It has received tremendous early reviews from, among others, Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, and Jason Reitman and was featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" and made iBooks top-10 list of new fiction titles for June.

I had the chance to read an advance copy in the spring, and my review is posted to Amazon and Goodreads.  Brutal Youth was released last week, and Anthony is going to be in Pittsburgh for three weeks over the summer, so when I mentioned hosting a Brutal Youth event for N4B, Anthony wanted to participate. So join us at Tana to discuss the book and swap high school horror stories.

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  • James E.

    BTW Anna there is also going to be a book signing at the Waterworks Barnes & Noble on July 7 and a reading at the New Kensington's People's Library July 12. I'll be at the book signing but can't make the reading.

    July 2, 2014

    • Katie D.

      i'll probably be at the library because i work there! i met Anthony today and he's a super guy.

      1 · July 9, 2014

    • James E.

      Sorry you couldn't make it last week. Great to hear you made it to Barnes and Noble. It's a great book and It's great to see Anthony having the success that he is because it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

      July 10, 2014

  • James E.

    I got great news this morning that not only will Anthony Breznican be joining us, but also our high school English teacher, Mr. Jonh C. Carosella, also plans to attend. Mr. Carosella still teaches at St. Joseph High School, and his passion for teaching had a great impact on many students lives. His support and encourage was a major influence in Anthony's path to becoming a writer.

    July 2, 2014

  • James E.

    And if anyone hasn't read the book and would like to learn more about it, swap high school horror stories and enjoy Ethiopian food feel free to sign up as well.

    June 30, 2014

  • Anna

    I really wanted to come to this, but I don't get off work till 730 and the book never became available from he library. Will still read when it does.

    1 · June 30, 2014

    • James E.

      Sorry you can't make it. You can borrow my copy if you'd like next time I see you.

      1 · June 30, 2014

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