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By Brad Land

Soon to be a tremendous movie starring Nick Jonas, this searing memoir of fraternity tradition and the perils of hazing provides an unparalleled window into the emotional panorama of younger men.

Reeling from a terrifying attack that has left him bodily injured and psychologically shattered, nineteen-year-old Brad Land also needs to cope with unsympathetic neighborhood police, mom and dad who can slightly speak about “the incident” (as they name it), a brother riddled with guilt yet not able to decelerate sufficient for Brad to take care of, and the sensation that he’ll by no means be basic again.

When Brad’s brother enrolls at Clemson college and pledges a fraternity, Brad believes he’s being left at the back of as soon as and for all. desirous to belong, he follows. What occurs there—in the identify of “brotherhood,” and with the intended aim of forging a pupil and a gentleman from the uncooked fabrics of boyhood—involves torturous late-night hazing, heartbreaking estrangement from his brother, and, eventually, the loss of life of a fellow pledge. eventually, Brad needs to weigh overall alienation from his newfound group opposed to accepting a kind of brutality he already is familiar with too well.

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