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How far would you go to fit in?
Paul is new to Gate, a school whose rich students make life miserable for anyone not like them. And Paul is definitely not like them. Then, something incredible happens. Charlie Good, a star student and athlete, invites Paul to join his elite inner circle. All Charlie wants is a few things in return—small things that Paul does willingly. Until one day Charlie wants something big—really big.
Now Paul has to decide how far he'll go to be one of the gang.
The electrifying follow-up to Alex Flinn's critically acclaimed debut novel, Breathing Underwater, Breaking Point is a tale of school violence that explores why and how a good kid can go 'bad'.
says.” Then, Meat started to giggle. St. John followed, a full, hollow laugh. Not me. I watched the fading streetlights, the roadside benches flashing by, the Dumpster where we threw the uneaten bagels, and I knew that with Charlie, I was safe. Charlie could get away with anything. Monday in chapel, the sermon was “Thou Shalt Not Steal.” I couldn’t help but glance at Charlie when Reverend Phelps announced the topic. He sat, hands in lap, listening like the perfect Christian schoolboy. Maybe he
I waited to be caught. Nothing. The lights went out. I looked up. They blazed on again. I laughed. The floodlights were on a motion sensor. No one there. Still, I flew past the administration building and to the classroom building like something was chasing me. Charlie was outside. We hadn’t taken his car. “Too recognizable,” he’d said. Instead, he’d borrowed the housekeeper’s Civic. It had been past midnight when we reached the school’s iron gates. “I don’t have the gate key,” I’d said.
evacuated us to the athletic field. It was drizzling. The neat lines we’d practiced in monthly fire drills fell apart in actual use, fanning across campus like ants on acid. The mood ranged from impatience to exuberance to near hysteria. I was numb. Our class was one of the first out, so I watched the others. A seventh grader screamed in the bleacher shadows. Mrs. Nordstrom, the school nurse, led her away from the group. Mustn’t upset anyone. Another kid was yelling at my mother. He wanted to
rubber sticking out everywhere. Mom was there with a man I didn’t recognize. She embraced me. It was a gesture I’d have refused a week before. But now, I held my face stiff to keep from bawling, I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. She smelled clean, like the soap from our bathroom. “Paul, this is Mr. Rossi,” Mom said. “He’ll be representing you.” “How can we afford this?” “Your father paid,” Mom said. “He’s quite upset about the scandal. It’s in all the papers. But I hired the lawyer. I did everything
potential and her excellent suggestions to make this book fulfill that potential. EXCERPT FROM BEWITCHING 1 My mother, in her sweet way, always reminded me that Daddy wasn’t my real father. “Be on your best behavior, Emma,” she’d said since I was old enough to remember. “He could ditch us anytime.” Sooo comforting. I don’t know why she said those things. Maybe she was jealous. True, Daddy and I looked nothing alike. He was tall and slim, blond and hazel-eyed, while I was short and