Brent Runyon’s account of his attempted suicide has garnered critical accolades for its glimpse into adolescent depression and rare insight into the human condition. Fearing expulsion and parental disapproval after lighting a shirt on fire at his school, Brent goes home, soaks his bathrobe with gasoline, steps into his shower, and strikes a match. Suffering horrific burns, Brent faces a long, painful recovery—both mentally and physically.
“Runyon has, perhaps, written the defining book of a new genre, one that gazes ... unflinchingly at boys on the emotional edge.”—Booklist, starred review
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i have to say this is one of the best books i have ever read. i really felt like i could see and feel what brent felt. i did this book for my book report and my teacher ended up coming to me and asking about the book. i told her that is was a very good book, even though the topic seemed dark. i would not suggest this to any person who is depressed becuase it would make them feel worse, or maybe think it is a how to.
I have read this book over and over again. It is now in my locker just in case i forget my book. When i read it now i just skim because of how many times ive read it. this is an awesome book for teenagers to read. i love how this is toldfrom brents perspective, and how it only explains what he went through, no one else. this is an amazing book, but i think you should read the book instead of listening to it. it gives it so much more effect and lets you imagine how much brent went through. all in all an amazing story.