- File Size: 2514 KB
- Print Length: 313 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1449904793
- Publication Date: December 15, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002YNSBRK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,296 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Spoilers ahead..........stop reading now if you don't want to know.......
This is story of 16year old Adam. He's a normal every day kid. Nothing special about him, nothing wrong with him, just a kid. Except that's not how his classmates and some of his teachers see him. They see a weakling, somebody to bully and push around. Somebody to torment and torture. And that's just what they did to Adam. Since middle school Adam has been a target. He has 2 friends who just don't seem to see how bad it for him. His mother never seemed to get a clue either. This rather upset me about the story. Every morning Adam hurls curse words at his mother and fights tooth and nail to not have to go to school. Never once, did she ask in this entire book, is everything ok, why do hate going to school soo much. To think, if she had just asked things for everyone could have been completely different.
Adam's only outlet for this torture he endured every day is his writing. He's a very talented horror writer. He dreams of one day being like Stephen King. But he's must start somewhere so he leaves one of his story's on a teacher's desk for review and proof reading. Hoping the teacher will help him get it published. However, the next day the teacher decides to read this in front of the class. The teacher is disgusted and so are Adam's classmates. It's not enough he's a target already, now they call him Satan worshipper. The tormenting only gets worse. The teacher gives him detention. Amazing how school doesn't encourage ALL the students to express themselves and be creative.
Adam will manage to land a girlfriend as well, but after a promise by the 13year old girl to not hurt him, she breaks up with him. Breaks his heart. During their relationship Adam was happy, he didn't fight with Mom, he went to school, the bully's didn't bother him. He trusted and cared for someone other than Mom, and she crushed him. Not very long after the breakup the has a breaking story. Adam's Mom who was on a flight to Texas for business meeting is gone. The plane crashed, there are no survivors. In a matter of minutes Adam's world has shattered. It's during this time he decides to pay everyone back who has hurt him. Now don't go thinking this is a shoot up the school kind of revenge. Adam is smarter than that. Using the underground slave tunnels connected to his house he snatches his victims. He has a list of 14. And he is inventive. On his third kill his father barges in. Adam is forced to remove him as well.
When his best friend Chris figures out what is going on and who the killer is, he vows to keep it secret if, and only if, Adam stops his revenge. Adam agrees to this. However, when 2 more bodies surface Chris assumes Adam is responsible. Breaking his promise, he calls the police.
After a showdown with the police, Adam, and a homemade bomb, a fifth victim is claimed. But after months of digging through the remains it's discovered, Adam was not in the explosion. He's gone. Chris knows where he went and is glad his unique friend, who he cares deeply about, is still around.
But the question is will Adam ever continue with his list.....
This was excellent. The first 30% of the book is just Adam's daily life. The torment he's put through, the bliss of his girlfriend, and the torture. Once he snaps the pages really start flying by. You can't put it down, especially not with the opening page statement. I found myself cheering for Adam and during his dark times wishing I could grab the bullies and throttle them. I was very thrilled with the ending and his escape, it just seemed appropriate.
Adam had it rough in school, being bullied for no real reason other than him being an easy target for EVERYONE, even teachers! It was sad that his mom didn't see or didn't wonder what was going on at school to make Adam not want to go; to put up the fights he put up almost every other day! I mean, he would go clean off on his mom; cursing at her, yelling obscenities at her, telling her eff you, and he hated her!! Maybe if she'd caught on...
I was glad when Adam met Erin and formed a somewhat of a healthy relationship with someone, a female. His whole demeanor changed because there was someone who made him happy and didn't treat him like everyone else did. Then I was sad that Erin broke up with Adam because she was his only ray of sunshine. I kind of wonder WHY she really broke up with him. I would assume that her mother, having seen and met Adam, could clearly see that his goal was not to be with her sexually, but that's the reason Erin gave Adam when she broke up with him. Then to pour salt on a wide open wound, Adam loses his mom in the same night.
**SNAP** You could almost HEAR Adam's psyche break.
I truly enjoyed this book and was sad that it had to end. Bullying is never okay; unfortunately, it's something that will never end. It's been around for ages and will continue for ages. I realize the purpose of the disclaimer the author included in the synopsis about not being held responsible for any part of the book being acted out for real.
I'd like to see this story continue... Adam got away, but where did he go? What ever happened to him. Great read by Troy McCombs. This was my first time reading his work, and it won't be my last!!
During the first half of the story, I was an inch away from quitting due to the profanity and absolute disrespect that the protagonist has for his mother. Despite his claims, his being bullied seems to me to be 90% of his own making. The kid is entirely antisocial and puts himself in position to be picked on by other classmates. He sets himself up with a martyr complex that no one could ignore.
When he gets around to the killing spree, he defends himself by saying that 'they forced me into it', 'it was all their fault, not mine'.
As far as brutality, I've read much worse. The author here doesn't have much of an imagination in this regard.
As a story that supposedly shows the possible result of 'bullying', it is far from the mark. I grew up in the 50s and 60s. Bullying is nothing new. The things that children today call bullying, is nothing more than the establishment of a pecking order. That kids actually commit suicide over this just shows how insular and pampered kids are in today's society. They need to toughen up and deal with the reality of life. If they don't know how, their parents have failed them miserably.
This book is sad in the sense of being a statement to today's young adults about the subject of bullying. It shows them that it's okay to lash out in any way they want and justify their actions by claiming to be the victim of bullys. It doesn't work.
In my estimation, this story fails.