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Brian Boozer is a good kid in a bad situation. At 13, he’s already endured the pain of losing his father and the agony of living with a step-father who hates and abuses him. At school, Brian suffers even more torment, delivered by bullies who seem to enjoy making his life miserable. The only bright spot in Brian’s life is Carly, the girl on whom he’s had a crush for years.

As his relationship with her evolves, so do the problems at home and the confrontations at school. A distressed Brian retreats further into himself, hiding behind the wall he’s built as protection from the cruel chaos around him. Eager to be free of his troubles, Brian fights to be heard in a world that won’t listen.

©2011 Kimberly A. Bettes (P)2017 Kimberly A. Bettes

Brian’s life is every kid’s worst nightmare, all rolled into one horrific life of never-ending torture and abuse. I wanted to reach right in and snatch the poor kid right out of this book and show him some love and kindness. As I said in the title, this story is heartbreaking and raw. Bettes deals with some very heavy topics in shocking detail. Gregory narrates with his usual Midwestern steadfast-ness, unflinching in the true horror of this child’s life. Beautifully describing an ugly topic, Bettes made me FEEL each of the indignities poor Brian was subjected to, intimately, and I wanted to rescue him. Well done to all involved.
-Elizabeth Robbins