I can’t remember the last time I read a book with such a fitting title. I mean, when you’re talking about navigating the world of high school as a confused and misguided teenager, it truly does become the most dangerous place on earth.
The story really begins a few years before. Something very tragic happened in middle school. And while certain people were definitely to blame, very few will admit it. Fast forward to high school. Same kids, different problems. Switching back and forth between several characters, we hear it all. Bullying, both face to face and online. Drug and alcohol use. Hooking up. Hooking up with teachers. Being ignored by parents. Just because your parents are loaded doesn’t make these problems, and a myriad of others, any less damaging. Some people are resilient and able to move on. Some people pretend they’re okay but they aren’t really. Who you are in high school and what you choose to do can determine the rest of your life.
This story is dark. It’s depressing. And it leaves little hope for the state of the American teenager in today’s world. But it’s also very realistic as much as parents and other adults might want to think otherwise. The issues presented are happening. Maybe not all at the same time and in the same school but still.
I must also caution that, although this is described as a young adult book, I would leave it for older and more mature teens only.
Buy It Now: The Most Dangerous Place on Earth