Dirty Liar by Brian James

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A heartbreaking breakthrough novel about coming to grips with a tortured past from acclaimed PUSH novelist Brian James

Benji has to escape his home. His mother's boyfriend has crossed the line, and Benji can't deal with it anymore. So he leaves behind everything he knows to go live with his father and stepmother in Portland. His stepmother is nice, but he doesn't trust her. His father is testy, refusing to trust Benji. And Benji ... he's just trying not to self-destruct.

In this spellbinding novel, Brian James surpasses his previous work to take his place among Adam Rapp, Melvin Burgess, and Kevin Brooks on the razor's edge of teen literature.
 

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Published January 1, 2006 by Scholastic Inc. 304 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Benji has traveled a long way physically, but not emotionally, from his abusive mother to start a new life with his father in a small town west of Portland.

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Benji is trying not to self-destruct, but what could get a teenager so troubled?

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A blurb at the back of Dirty Liar says that the main character Benji is “trying not to self-destruct”, and truer words have never been written.

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He deals with sexual abuse with a creepy candor that will surely make readers' skin crawl, but some may argue that the appeal of the book is exactly the frankness with which he deals with taboo subjects.

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