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RAGE [Kindle Edition]

Kimberly A. Bettes
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Brian Boozer is a good kid in a bad situation. At thirteen, he's already endured the pain of losing his father and the agony of living with a step-father who hates and abuses him. At school, Brian suffers even more torment, delivered by bullies who seem to enjoy making his life miserable. The only bright spot in Brian's life is Carly, the girl on whom he's had a crush for years. As his relationship with her evolves, so do the problems at home and the confrontations at school. A distressed Brian retreats further into himself, hiding behind the wall he's built as protection from the cruel chaos around him. Eager to be free of his troubles, Brian fights to be heard in a world that won't listen.

A 60,000 word novel plus bonus material.
For mature audiences only.

REVIEWS

"...heart wrenching, gripping, successful, suspenseful and elaborate..." -- Independent Review

"Bettes was not afraid to take you to the deepest darkest hell a person can live through..." -- Independent Review

"Kimberly A. Bettes got all the feelings right: helplessness, hopelessness, anger, and desperation. This is an important book which should be required reading for everyone. The messages are powerful. The teachings timely; and needed now more than ever." -- Independent Review

"This story should be read by every teen, preteen, and adult." -- Independent Review

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"Kimberly A Bettes leaves nothing out when setting words to paper to create a whirlwind of emotions and make into fiction what is a reality for so many. Kimberly weaves a tale that is heart wrenching, gripping, successful, suspenseful and elaborate in a scheme with twisting plots and an "explosive" final resolution. This story of a boy has the world at his fingertips but can't see it because his eyes are plastered to the ground or looking over his shoulder at what haunts him. A fantastic read that will keep you enthralled." -- Independent Review

"Kimberly A. Bettes was not afraid to take you to the deepest darkest hell a person can live through, making you sick, angry, and hurt." -- Independent Review

"Kimberly A. Bettes got all the feelings right: the helplessness, the hopelessness, the anger, and the desperation. Brian's heartbreak at the ultimate betrayal by his mother is palpable. His resignation to the abuse and bullying he endures is soul destroying...This is an important book which should be required reading for everyone. The messages are powerful. The teachings timely; and needed now more than ever." -- Independent Review

"This story should be read by every teen, preteen, and adult." -- Independent Review

About the Author

Kimberly A. Bettes lives in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of southeast Missouri with her husband and son. It's there she terrorizes the residents of a small town with her twisted tales. Typically, Kimberly writes thriller/suspense stories, but from time to time crosses over into other genres as well. She is the author of The Good Neighbor, RAGE, Annie's Revenge, the Minutes to Death series, as well as a couple of unpublished novels and several short stories and poems. Kimberly is currently at work on several projects which will be available soon.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1064 KB
  • Print Length: 199 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478146567
  • Publisher: C.R. Bettes (November 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0077BTMPO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,228 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars another attempt ... May 27, 2012
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I read /reviewed another of this author. I stated I would not read another of her shorts, but would try a longer work. Here I have.

This work takes an applaudable attempt at showcasing bullying. Although (as seems common to such FICTION books trying to spread awareness on the cause) there is a secondary issue facing the child besides the four school bullies. Thus, casting some doubt about the REAL drive behind the childs final acts. Perhaps the child would have ended in same spot with only his home life. So, while the attempt was applaudable, the execution lacked by adding the mitigating factor of his stepfather and the final (and worst of all - by far) betrayal by his mother.

This book starts out with graphic, abusive sex scene that will be hard for many to stomach. Sadly, the scene (coupled with the title) lends to the book becoming totally predictible. Which is never good in any book.

I realize (more than many /most) the horrors that life can offer. I realize that writing about such things would be difficult to do without some detail. However, the extent (and number of times occurring) to which the scenes are described is overkill and gratuitous after managing the first. A clear enough picture was given in that one scene to last the whole book. Even (after the third or fourth time) the fight scenes became gratuitous.

The biggest failure (to my thinking) was the fact that this 13 year old child "whined" to himself in pity me mode (RIGHTLY SO - SITUATIONALLY AND AGE WISE) and then "morphed" into a mode of thinking that was well beyond his years and mental maturity. The thoughts morphed from "poor me" (RIGHTLY SO) to managing to psychoanalyze his stepfather's past and motivations as well as those of his poor overworked "mother.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a book. March 6, 2012
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I am impressed with this book. It was so well written that you felt like you were the main character Brian. Kimberly A. Bettes was not afraid to take you to the deepest darkest hell a person can live through, making you sick, angry, hurt, ect. She took it all and put it out there in a way that forces us to wake up and pay attention. At times I wanted to throw up because of what was happening, other times I wanted to throw my book and say "that's enough" but I couldn't. I think everyone needs to read this book!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read! March 2, 2012
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This was a great book,I felt like I was right there feeling the pain and torment, suffered by this child. I just couldnt put it down, I had to know what was going to happen next.Bullying now has a name.In my day, you were just made fun of and tortured. I would recommend this as a good read for young and old alike!
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Depressing June 3, 2012
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This has to be one of the worst books I've ever read. The victimized child exacting revenge while still a child is far fetched. The ending is dark and depressing. At the end I felt like the author had wasted my time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Yes! May 28, 2013
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I have now read all of Kim's books and contacted her on FB. Having been in the classroom for 30 years, I know how real this story is. The author has a unique ability to make you angry, sad, and then you find yourself laughing out loud. You just have to read the book for a great insight into how schools actually operate-that is the funny part. The sad part is the young man's life and how true it is that things like this ARE going on. Who could blame him? Great insight into today's problems and possible results from poor parenting. Rodney Field.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the weak January 5, 2013
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Rage is a story that seems all too real. And it certainly lives up to the title. Not only does the main character feel rage, but the reader does, too.

Rage is the story of Brian Boozer, a 13 year old boy who is not only bullied at school, but he's also raped and beaten at home by his stepfather. He doesn't exactly have a picture perfect life.

The opening paragraph of this story shocked me, but also sucked me right in. I could not stop reading, even though it was like watching a horrible car accident over and over again. Relentless, unceasing brutality all heaped upon one innocent young man. It was enough to break my heart and make me cry.

The one thing that upset me the most, though, was his mother's reaction to all of this. She brushed it off as a life lesson. I'm sorry, but what mother in her right mind would let a man rape her child? Would let four little brats constantly beat and abuse her child at school? I would be livid! I would be demanding justice!

Rage is the story of Brian Boozer, a 13 year old boy who let the rage bottle up inside. A 13 year old boy who could only take so much before he snapped.

The ending was depressing, as well. But in all seriousness, this book was a fantastic read. I only think everyone should read it. Bullying nowadays has become an accepted norm, and that is not right. Children should not have to suffer at the hands of others. Not a parent, not another student, no one.

If you think you can handle all of what this book has to offer, I highly suggest giving it a whirl. I can guarantee you won't be able to put it down.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Annies Revenge March 2, 2012
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Loved this book!Kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time, wondering what she was gonna do next. Quite a thriller. Absolutely love this author, would like to see inside her brain. I have read all of Kimberly Bettes's stories and I look forward to the next nail biter.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense
Difficult to read and impossible to put down at the same time! The author really made you feel like you were the main character, experiencing all the terrible events that happened... Read more
Published 7 days ago by jennifer bejarano
5.0 out of 5 stars eye opener
Sad sad story but unfortunately happening all too often. I hope anyone reading this will be more observant to children around them and will intervene when something seems off. Read more
Published 26 days ago by D. Spano
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Good!
I really liked this book. It was very eye-opening to see the life of an eventual child-killer through his perspective. Kinda makes you look at crime a different way. Read more
Published 28 days ago by dara t parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark but compelling
I realise this is a work of fiction, but the scary thing is it could very well happen and probably has! Read more
Published 29 days ago by Jilmaye
5.0 out of 5 stars I was SO upset with this story! It was so Real!
I didn't want to keep reading but I couldn't put this book down. It broke my heart and yes I did cry. It was written like a true story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Raynasunshine
1.0 out of 5 stars couldnt get past the first chapter
this book was boring page after page, i finally gave up before the first chapter and removed it from my library
Published 3 months ago by mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking Story
A riveting tale of a middle schooler named Brian who experiences the horrors of an abusive father and bullying at school.
Published 4 months ago by J. Michael Gallen
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Story To Read...
The writing is great; however, the subject is sick and horrible. I think it is a brave thing to write about such a taboo subject. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Verna
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and unforgettable
The author puts us right there with the character, sharing the experience. I have just realized, myself that many of these experiences could be avoided if schools invested in... Read more
Published 4 months ago by wiikidII
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning!!
It felt like I was there every step of the way... I was so sad that this book ended lol.
Published 4 months ago by Kimroe09
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More About the Author

Kimberly A. Bettes lives in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of southeast Missouri with her husband and son.

In addition to writing, Kimberly is also a freelance photographer. Her trademark seems to be photos of flowers with mysteriously appearing bugs that she doesn't notice while taking the photograph, only later. It's a good thing she mainly photographs flowers. God forbid she should be photographing say, a mountain and not see the grizzly bear charging at her. This would lead to a completely different Bio. Or as some would call it, a Eulogy.

Kimberly has many hobbies including knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and quilting. The hobby of Kimberly's that most worries those who know her is her obsession with serial killers. No, not people who hate Fruit Loops, but the people who make a dirty habit out of killing other people. They fascinate her. Not because she wants to be like them. That would make her weird. But what appeals to her is how at any second, anyone can cross that line. She likes to know what makes people tick. Other than Tourette's Syndrome. Don't worry. She doesn't write to them in prison or anything. After all, the price of stamps has skyrocketed lately. She doesn't have posters of murderers hanging on her walls. Her husband gripes too much about the thumbtack holes they leave. She just reads about them and studies them from afar. Seriously. It's completely normal. Let's call it...research. Yeah. That's it. Research for those crazy novels she writes.

She always has several projects in the works. If she can keep herself from procrastinating, you can expect to find some more of her work available soon.

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