Another bummer book
Man, I like depressing books. Are there others like me out there? At least one... as a friend recommended this engrossing novel.
Aftermath by Brian Shawver explores the why and what next of a brutal brawl in a restaurant parking lot amongst teens from competing high schools. This Pennsylvania small town has a private Catholic school where the rich kids go, and a townie school. When a ringleader boy from the rich kids school is beaten so badly he now operates at a 4 year old level, even his mother views this as a mixed blessing, as he was that unlikeable. That's just one of many moral complexities in this novel that drew me in and gripped me until the end.