Busted by Phil BildnerPublished: 2007, Simon & Schuster
Hardcover, 244 pages
Genre: Young Adult, high school drama
Borrowed from Library
I read this book so fast I had to check for the author's name. But it was an extremely quick read (read this in less than a day, even though I had work today). It takes place in a suburban high school called Coldwater Creek where 4 different scenarios show the raw realities of the seedy side of High School.
I'm not sure if this was a cautionary tale or an fairly graphic look of the underbelly of adolescence gone unchecked but whatever it was, I'm feeling kinda "m'eh" about it. Sure I didn't put it down or anything, and there were some shocking and interesting parts, but I'm not sure if anything was resolved. Listen, I'm all for a dark story but there's gotta be some sort of moral or some sort of SOMETHING that I could get from it.
Mini-spoilers ahead. The first scenario was the shortest and most shocking. There was a ski-trip and the kids planned to smoke up and drink, which two of the boys stayed behind to play video games. In the end, the kids smoking up got caught and when one of them went back to warn the other guys playing video games, those guys were hooking up with each other. I mean...I dunno if this was for shock factor or what, but the same homosexual boy showed up later in the story only to be brutal disfigured by the school bully when he tried to stand up for himself. So it's like, what is this book about really?
It also ends so abruptly that I'm not sure what the bottom line was. I guess I give Busted a 2 out of 4 stars. It's readable, but I don't say I suggested you read it.