Cracked by K.M. Walton

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A teen takes a bottle of pills and lands in the psych ward with the bully who drove him to attempt suicide in this gripping novel.

Victor hates his life. He has no friends, gets beaten up at school, and his parents are always criticizing him. Tired of feeling miserable, Victor takes a bottle of his mother’s sleeping pills—only to wake up in the hospital.
Bull is angry, and takes all of his rage out on Victor. That makes him feel better, at least a little. But it doesn’t stop Bull’s grandfather from getting drunk and hitting him. So Bull tries to defend himself with a loaded gun.
When Victor and Bull end up as roommates in the same psych ward, there’s no way to escape each other or their problems. Which means things are going to get worse—much worse—before they get better.
 

About K.M. Walton

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K. M. Walton is the author of Cracked and Empty. A former middle school language arts teacher and teaching coach, she is passionate about education and ending peer bullying. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family. Visit her online at KMWalton.com and follow her on Twitter at @KMWalton1.
 
Published January 3, 2012 by Simon Pulse. 322 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Although Bull has tormented Victor ever since elementary school, both come from unhappy homes.

Jan 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Cracked

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This was a quick read with an interesting premise — a boy and his bully end up sharing a room in a mental hospital after attempting suicide.

Apr 09 2012 | Read Full Review of Cracked

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