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Publisher's Summary

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
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4 out of 5 stars
By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 10-31-17


This book just about put me through the ringer!! My heart broke for Brian and I was raging with his mother. So many emotions ran through me when I was reading this!!

This is about Brian, he is abused by his step father, his mother turns a blind eye to whats happening and he is being bullied at school. His life is one let down after another, but what happens when all the rage builds up? What happens when enough is enough and a person explodes?

This book was so hard to finish, not because it's not good, it is, but because it wrecked me emotionally. What happens to Brian was that hardest thing I've ever had to read. He is raped, beaten and abused by his step father and then has to face been beaten again by bullies at school. It was heartbreaking to read and deeply disturbing.

I knew going into it it was going to be tough, but I have to say, there were quite a few things that made the story horrible. Apart from the rape etc, it was the fact that Brian's mother seemed to not care!! It felt unrealistic, but then again, I've never experienced anything like this so don't know if the way she acted could be true or not!! Despite her son constantly having bruises etc, she believed everything her husband said about Brian. And then there was a part where she witnessed something but just turned around and did nothing!! I hated her!!!

Anyway, this book is not for the faint of heart, it's not for people with any kind of triggers because it's brutal, it doesn't hold back and it is disturbing. I still find myself thinking about this weeks after reading it, and yes, it took me weeks to be able to sit down and write this!!

Rick Gregory did a great job with this. He showed emotion and was able to capture the mood of the book perfectly. He is a fairly new narrator and while it shows in certain parts, you just know that with experience, he will get better. He is easy to listen to and has a clear voice. I will have to check out more from him!!

I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Simone K on 11-06-17

Oh. My. God.

This book, and specifically the protagonist Brian Boozer, slunk their way into my heart and have remained there, stuck in the place of heartbroken injustice. Some parts of this story were incredibly difficult to listen to. The opening scene to this book has haunted my nightmares AND the corners of my wakeful mind. It's the most disturbing instance of child abuse I've ever heard described; I don't think I've ever felt more terror or pity for a fictional character before. Though this book is topical on the subject of bullying, I think it has a broader scope that deeply examines human suffering and what flows from it. Do not start this book if you are sensitive to child abuse. If you are interested in testing the limits of what you can stomach, this is the book for you. Rick Gregory gives a great narration performance!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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