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BOOK REVIEW: BRUTAL
BY MICHAEL HARMON
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Poe has both an absent mother and a once long gone father pushing equality and “be-like-everyone-else” indoctrination upon her. Everywhere she turns, school, home, choir, and politics, are full of candy-coated creativity and uniqueness crushers… unless you are one of the rich, beautiful, atheletic elite. Poe is tired of the “equality” system only applying to the downtrodden and the unfairness of the supposedly “fair” solutions. When one of her new, odd friends gets cruelly beaten, she begins to truly battle the sick system at the corrupted core. But how ca she possibly take down the bad guys when they honestly think they are the good guys?
Brutal was very provocative and held a lot of depth despite its small size. It had a crazy and real introspective view that had me thinking over ordinary things twice. I loved the sarcasm, stinging wit, and banter because they were unbridled truth. The strong-willed voice of the story was a great role model. She wouldn’t take things sitting down, she never had sex with her boyfriend, and she repented. After being made known of her sin and realizing she had done wrong, she would repent. And I was always able to forgive her. I would suggest this book to older teens, especially because of the frequent use of the f-word. I really enjoyed this book and I plan on reading Harmon’s other books in the future.
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