The Brimstone Journals

 
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An intense look at life inside the minds of high school students
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You don't get much more timely than this collection of poetry from Ron Koertge. And before any of you non-poetry readers out there cringe and walk away, read the rest of this review. This is a book that anyone in or associated with high school should read.


The Brimstone Journals is a collection of short poems told from the point of view of different students at the fictional Branston High School. All the stereotypes are represented: the Fat Kid, the Anorexic, the Jock and so on. But don't let stereotypes fool you. Each and every one of these poems has something to say that will surprise you.


At the center of it all is Boyd. He's your typical angst filled young man who has made friends with a dangerous guy. Boyd feeds on the negative energy and anarchy that his new friend feeds him. He starts to make a list.


If you've kept up on the recent news at all, you know what kind of list Boyd was making. Everyone that had ever hurt his feelings or that he felt was too good or too black or too anything went on the list. He then starts to recruit members for his group, including Lester, the Fat Kid, who just wants protection from the Jock that bullies him.


And Boyd starts collecting guns.


If you are in high school, that sentence should scare you. It scares me. It scares a lot of people out there.


Boyd's journey into darkness isn't the only story in this book. Through brief poetic glimpses, we get a look into the lives of many believable teens. At least one of them will deeply affect you or remind you of your own life.


I highly recommend this collection for discussion in schools. If you are a teacher or a librarian, run--don't walk--and get a copy today. Even reluctant readers will find this a quick read and the discussions it could generate may well be priceless.

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A disturbing read
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Reader reviewed by safia

The Brimstone Journals contains poems from several different voices at a suburban high school. The student's thoughts reflect violence, racial problems, and hatred. Soon things are about to become tragic...
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Excellent
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Reader reviewed by nikki

It is a great thing to read at first i was kinda scared about what was being written but after i read through some of the pages i thought that it was great and some of it is how i feel going threw high school.
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A Good Read
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Reader reviewed by trsbaby

Basically this book is overall captivating and exciting. Every character has a problem and records it throuh poetry. It is eeasy to identify each haracter. The only thing is that I ws confused by so many characters and who they were.It was better than so-so but not one I consider my favorite.
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A Good Book
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Reader reviewed by trs07

This book was pretty captivationg for the most part. It is mainly a book with poetry by several students at a high school. They are characters you can easily indentify. The charaters through their poems are all sort of connected. I gave this book a 3 because it was better than so-so but not great. It was alright.
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