Great book! One of the best I've read. You should read it then pass it on. The inside cover of the one I read had all the names of people who had read it before me. A tattered book is a sure sign of a good read.
Going back quite a ways...but I just saw a list that named it one of the 10 best history books. And this reminded me that I'd loved it, though it was anguishing.
In Sterling, New Hampshire, 17-year-old high school student Peter Houghton has endured years of verbal and physical abuse at the hands of classmates. His best friend, Josie Cormier, succumbed to peer pressure and now hangs out with the popular crowd that often instigates the harassment. One final incident of bullying sends Peter over the edge and leads him to commit an act of violence that forever changes the lives of Sterling’s residents.