Period 8

Period In this full length novel from Chris Crutcher his first since the best selling Deadline the ultimate bully and the ultimate good guy tangle during Period Paul the Bomb Baum tells the truth No matt

In this full length novel from Chris Crutcher, his first since the best selling Deadline, the ultimate bully and the ultimate good guy tangle during Period 8.Paul the Bomb Baum tells the truth No matter what It was something he learned at Sunday School But telling the truth can cause problems, and not minor ones And as Paulie discovers, finding the truth can be evenIn this full length novel from Chris Crutcher, his first since the best selling Deadline, the ultimate bully and the ultimate good guy tangle during Period 8.Paul the Bomb Baum tells the truth No matter what It was something he learned at Sunday School But telling the truth can cause problems, and not minor ones And as Paulie discovers, finding the truth can be even problematic Period 8 is supposed to be that one period in high school where the truth can shine, a safe haven Only what Paulie and Hannah his ex girlfriend, unfortunately and his other classmates don t know is that the ultimate bully, the ultimate liar, is in their midst Terrifying, thought provoking, and original, this novel combines all the qualities of a great thriller with the controversy, ethics, and raw emotion of a classic Crutcher story.

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  1. Chris Crutcher s writing is controversial, and has been frequently challenged and even banned by individuals who want to censor his books by removing them from libraries and classrooms Running Loose and Athletic Shorts were on the ALA s top 100 list of most frequently challenged books for 1990 2000 His books generally feature teens coping with serious problems, including abusive parents, racial and religious prejudice, mental and physical disability, and poverty these themes are viewed as too mature for children Other cited reasons for censorship include strong language and depictions of homosexuality Despite this controversy, Crutcher s writing has received many awards.

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  1. What attracted me to this book initially was the mention of a bully The blurb on the back of the book even says A new novel about an ultimate bully and the ethics of love Sounds pretty good for any gritty contemporary fan, no Except this bully is just a very weird guy with an obvious hidden agenda The ethics of love part is correct, though The whole book felt like an after school special slash Sunday school summon about love, telling the truth, and teenage hormones What is Period 8 An almost ret [...]


  2. Not for me.Just a quick scan of the few reviews available for this book shows me those words appearing several times in one form or another It seems to be the common opinion that this book is waiting to be loved by someone though, who that someone is, it s hard to tell Guys, maybe Guys who like to read character studies and aren t put off by a plot that is slow and arguably not even there.This was my first problem this book is painfully slow It is about a group of high school kids who meet every [...]


  3. This book is a bit of a departure for one of my favorite YA authors Chris Crutcher writes stories about teens dealing with life, with being overweight, or having anger issues, or being gay, or not a great athlete, or being ill, or whatever His characters are sympathetic, there is usually someone with a touch of wisdom hidden in snark, and bad things and good things both happen.Those are true of this book too, but it s structured like a mystery thriller Some parts really worked for me, but there [...]


  4. This saddens me because I liked Chris Crutcher when I was a teen I made it a total of 24 pages In that brief span though it s almost 10% , I already hate everyone in this book I hated the MC on page two I m pretty sure they re going to be in danger later, and I would be rooting for the psycho killer or whatever Why do I hate the MC Paulie s on a date with his girlfriend He tells her he wants to talk, but they make out for a bit first She s said she s a great listener Then he tells her he cheated [...]


  5. I am a huge Chris Crutcher fan I really respect him as an author and as a person I couldn t wait to read Period 8, and I will have a line of students when I return to school waiting for this one as well It doesn t disappoint There are some classic Crutcher elements the strong language, the wise teacher mentor, the imperfect narrator that you can t help but to pull for, the real life issues that people don t like to talk about But this novel feels a little different that the others At the forefro [...]


  6. While Period 8 provides and interesting story, I did have some problems with the book.Paul is a member of Period 8, a class that certain students attend at Heller High You can talk about anything you want, or just listen It s basically just a bull session Paul makes a big mistake he cheats on his long time girlfriend, Hannah And, he feels so bad he has to tell her Of course they break up, and this is the beginning of a big mess All is not what it seems and that s an understatement and the mess i [...]


  7. Period.8 is about a group of students who gather together in 8th period free period Mr Logs teaches it, and in it the students open up and ask for advice Whatever happens in Period.8 stays private While most of the students are honest, some of them will do anything to keep their secrets Duh duh DUH I am the world s biggest Crutcher fan So, while Arney is a really interesting bad guy, the story was fragmented The story followed Arney, Hannah, Paulie, Detective Rankin sort of , Logs, and has an it [...]


  8. This book is supposedly about the ultimate bully Picking up this book, I expected a gritty contemporary about the dark side of high school and teenagers struggling with moral conflicts What I got was a high school drama overloaded with hormones and teenage angst.The plot is dull and disorganized The story is introduced seemingly with the assumption that we know who the characters area There s a reason why it s often discouraged to start a story with dialogue We don t know anything about the char [...]


  9. Getting to listen to Crutcher talk about the book before I read it was heavenhe talked about reading Dave Cullen s COLUMBINE and being completely chilled by the portrayal of the sociopath, Eric He told us he wanted to create a character who could easily get into the thread of everyday life That he has done.I m probably the only person you know who s read Crutcher s book THE DEEP END, an adult thrillerI see reflections here In that early book, I kind of pegged Crutcher as the hero, the child psyc [...]


  10. Tak turns to Hannah Soon as schools out take your journalism recorder out on the street and ask every adult you pass if they re with the girl or boy they were with in high school Hannah says, This is Naw, serious, Tak says We aren t made so we know exactly what to do We gotta fuck up to find out Start by remembering this is Chris Crutcher Period 8 is an optional period where students join a group under the direction of Logs, the outstanding teacher character for this book It is a place where any [...]


  11. This was a fast read, and I had it knocked out in about three hours Chris Crutcher does a great job keeping you at the edge of your seat, guessing as to what is about to happen next And it s no use, because you won t figure out what in the hell is going on until the end Period 8 is an hour long hang out lunch time open discussion that students at Heller High can participate in The only only rules are that you have to keep it real no lying and be honest and what gets discussed in Period 8, STAYS [...]


  12. I thought this book was great In this day and age, when I feel that teens are babied and taught that they will and should be great at everything, this was a refreshing read It was gritty and realistic If a students can have a drug ring, they can definitely have a sex ring.Arney Stacks was quite an original I liked that Crutcher illustrated that teens can be very cunning and manipulative That you just can t give everyone the benefit of the doubt In the case of Mary Wells and Kylie, he showed that [...]


  13. PERIOD 8is Chris Crutcher s latest teen novel and from the first page takes the reader into the hard, dark realities of life This is classic Crutcher because this man does not avoid the harsh realities that confront teenagers daily But Crutcher himself admits that he has put this one on steroids But this novel also features a wise, compassionate adult in the person of Bruce Logsdon, the teacher who opens his classroom during lunch for PERIOD EIGHT During PERIOD EIGHT students gather in Logs room [...]




  14. Period 8 from Chris Crutcher is probably my favorite book I have read this year because, it brings out what really is happening with society and relationships out in the world And also brings a lot of humor Which that s one reason why I love this book and Chris Crutcher s work He knows how to make someone laugh and at the same time catch someone s attention.Period 8 is about a group of friends who are in love with swimming, who is Paul and Hannah and many other characters And midway through the [...]


  15. A Young Adult novel that asks some hard questions.My TakeWOW This was fabulous and terrifying I love the idea of Period 8 and a teacher like Logs It should be a requirement in every school, except it wouldn t work, but the concept iswow.No, Period 8 isn t deep philosophy It s of a peek into high school life and students thoughts as Crutcher sets up the background for the suspense of the story, and he does a good job of stretching it out, keeping us in suspense Nor does he ever provide concludin [...]


  16. 3 starsPeriod 8 what are you Full disclosure if I hadn t received an ARC of this, I probably wouldn t have picked it up I m not a big contemporary person, and this isn t contemporary romance either which is what I normally pick up from the genre So the fact that it absorbed me like it did and made me enjoy it so much is really surprising It was just a great read.I dove into this book without even really reading the blurb I think I read it once a few months ago, but that means it long since faded [...]


  17. I feel like there were two competing story lines in Period 8 There s the events of the actual Period 8, a lunchtime get together of a jumble of high school students from different backgrounds, social groups, and grade levels They re led by Logs, the supportive teacher who leads what, in essence, becomes a high school therapy group No topic is off limits in Period 8, but everything remains confidential.There s quite a few scenes that take place in Period 8, and they all felt overly dramatic to me [...]


  18. At first I was worried this book might be too mature for my classroom, but it stays away from being explicit The action is good, once it gets moving, and I enjoyed seeing a teacher portrayed as a positive adult and helper rather than a problem Everyday he has lunch, period 8, in his classroom with a group of students The main character, Paulie, the Bomb, is a senior in high school He just cheated on his girlfriend and told her so she broke up with him And then, if things weren t bad enough a gir [...]


  19. Classic Crutcher yet totally different I know that doesn t really make sense.Added 3 6Chris freaking Crutcher Obviously I requested the heck outta this one And I am so glad that I did Period 8 is a delightful blend of classic Crutcher characters with a new twist As a long time Crutcher fan I really enjoyed getting to see something a little different from him I adore all of the authors previous titles but it was fun to see the thriller aspect added in While reading I kept second guessing what I t [...]


  20. Chris Crutcher can write Wow Full review at unleashingreaders p 2620Now, this is not a normal Chris Crutcher book, but like all of his books, it is raw, true, and sports plays a role of some sort And this one is SO full of suspense for the last 25% It is a hold your breath, read as quickly as you can kind of book there at the end I do wish that this suspense had been spread out to 50% of the book This would have helped the pacing a bit and I think it would have given Crutcher time to give infor [...]


  21. Period 8 by Chris Crutcher is a realistic fiction story about a highschool boy named Paulie Baum who lives in Washington, was as truthful as anyone could be until he cheated on his girlfriend out of the blue with a girl who disappeared a few days later Once she gets back, he is soon to realize that she is not normal and she is keeping a huge secret that nobody knows Paulie s life was normal until she showed up and after that he starts getting into dangerous situations like freezing to death in a [...]


  22. Review Until Period 8 I had never heard of Chris Crutcher However, I was drawn in by the cover and after reading the blurb on Edelweiss I really felt this sounded like a book I needed to read Unfortunately, it turned out Period 8 was way to the left of what I was expecting it to be.This book is marketed as a Thriller but honestly I didn t get that vibe from 75% of the book Sure the character Mary is mysteriously disappearing throughout the book but its not until the end where we really get to th [...]


  23. I m becoming and nervous about making YA recommendations to my 8th graders If this latest Chris Crutcher novel is any indication and I think it is , the genre is moving and in to dicey, undefendable territory Despite its highly engaging storyline and readability, there is no chance that I will be recommending Period 8 to my students and even though I have for years recommended Chris Crutcher as a go to YA author For starters, the novel is riddled with fairly graphic dialogue about sex and us [...]


  24. Wow, this one didn t go where I thought it would when I started it, but about half way through I figured out what was going on I kept saying, there was no way that was what was going on, but as I kept reading it turned out true.I started out not sure about Paulie, I liked that he told the truth to Hannah, but hated what he was telling her I even agree with Hannah s reaction However as the story evolved I realized how much each of them was played, and played by a master, which made me feel sorry [...]


  25. In the introduction to the reader, Mr Crutcher states he put this book on steroids After closing the last page of the book, I have come to a conclusion All authors need to take Mr Crutcher advice.I have never read such a crazy, beautiful, MESSED up book The plot first of all, takes the reader far away to a place of watching As you watch the plot unfold, the reader gets chances with every chapter to start to peace things together I like that the plot gives a good dose of everything First a myster [...]


  26. A suspenseful thriller from Crutcher, this book is definitely in the stratosphere of good YA mysteries similar to What Happened to Cass McBride by Giles or Wish You Were Dead by Strasser While there are certain plot points that one must suspend their disbelief a teacher reliving his glory days before retirement with a VERY loose and somewhat unprofessional relationship with swimmer Paulie, but all of the students of period 8 While I respect that he is their mentor and adviser on certain issues a [...]


  27. it is a very good book little hard to keep with because it jumps character to character very fast but when you get it down it is a very good book to read At the end it gets very suspenseful and will increase your heart rate might even sweat a little bit Period 8 goes through the every day life of an high schooler and the drama they seem to get themselves into and how they try to get out of it and like always it doesn t work Paul the main character was my favorite character because no matter how [...]


  28. I was engaged with this book almost all the way through, and very much so towards the beginning I thought the characters seemed very realistic in the ways that they talked to one another and related to each other Other parts of the book, however, were disappointing.It was obvious to me who the main villain was going to be, since I know a lot about sociopaths The adult villain surprised me But a lot of the rationale behind pretty much any of the villains actions escapes me Why did Arney make Mary [...]


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