The Brimstone Journals

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The Brimstone Journals

The Brimstone Journals In a startling often poignant student journal acclaimed poet and novelist Ron Koertge creates a suburban high school both familiar and terrifying The Branston High School Class of seems familia

  • Title: The Brimstone Journals
  • Author: Ron Koertge
  • ISBN: 9780763617424
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Paperback
  • In a startling, often poignant student journal, acclaimed poet and novelist Ron Koertge creates a suburban high school both familiar and terrifying.The Branston High School Class of 2001 seems familiar enough on the surface there s the Smart One, the Fat Kid, Social Conscience, Bad Girl, Good Girl, Jock, Anorexic, Dyke, Rich Boy, Sistah, Stud and Boyd, an Angry YounIn a startling, often poignant student journal, acclaimed poet and novelist Ron Koertge creates a suburban high school both familiar and terrifying.The Branston High School Class of 2001 seems familiar enough on the surface there s the Smart One, the Fat Kid, Social Conscience, Bad Girl, Good Girl, Jock, Anorexic, Dyke, Rich Boy, Sistah, Stud and Boyd, an Angry Young Man who has just made a dangerous new friend Now he s making a list.The Branston High School Class of 2001 You might think you know them You might be surprised.Narrated by fifteen teenage characters, this startling, often poignant poetic novel evokes a suburban high school both familiar and terrifying and provides an ideal opportunity for young adults to discuss violence in schools.

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    1. Hailee Gorges on said:

      "The Brimstone Journals" was kind of confusing to me at first. This book is about the class of 2001 at Branston High School. This book is written in journal segments by each of the 15 students in the class of 2001. Like every high school there are many different personalities. There are the athletic kids, the geeks, the socially awkward, the good and bad girls, the self conscience kids and this one boy named Boyd. Boyd is a very angry boy who has a list of people that he wants to kill. Boyd and [...]

    2. Hunter on said:

      The Brimstone JournalsThe Brimstone Journals is about all these kids that are in the same high school together and each one of them writes their own journal entries each day. It could be what is going on in their lives or what they are doing in school, etc. In this school, there is all different kinds of kids: the smart one, the fat kid, social conscience, bad girl, good girl, jock, anorexic, dyke, rich boy, sistah, stud… and Boyd, an angry young man who has just made a dangerous new friend. N [...]

    3. Sadie Kaminske on said:

      I read the book “The Brimstone Journals” by Ron Koertge. I enjoyed this book a lot because it was such a short and easy read. “The Brimstone Journals” is centered on the high school class of 2001. Like every other high school, there is the stereotypical students. The fat kid, the jock, the nerd, and much more. The book takes a look at all the students and gives the reader the point of view of everyone of them. Boyd is a troubled young man who meets a kid named Mike. Boyd and Mike start a [...]

    4. Kori Looker on said:

      "The Brimstone Journals" was a new concept of reading for me. This book is written in journal segments by each of the 15 students in the class of 2001 at Branston High School. There are many characters in this book that are categorized like students in any school. There was the common geek, the athletic one, the socially awkward, and so forth. Boyd, an angry boy, doesn't fit a category. Boyd is the type of boy that has a list of people he wants to kill. Boyd and his friend, Mike, try and find ot [...]

    5. Brea Mapes on said:

      I read the book “The Brimstone Journals” by Ron Koertge. This book was a very short and easy read. This book is centered on the high school class of 2001. Like every other high school, there is the stereotypical students. The fat kid, the jock, the nerd, and much more. The book takes a look at all the students and gives the reader the point of view of everyone. Boyd is a troubled young man who meets a boy named Mike. Boyd and Mike start a hit list of the kids from Boyd’s class. Anyone and [...]

    6. Arya Moaref on said:

      SummaryThe Brimstone Journals are the Journals of kids going to the same high school. You have your stereotypes like the homosexual, the jock, and the overweight kid. But the interesting thing is even though two people might not be friends; you can read about other characters in the journals since it seems to be a small high school. The main plot is about Boyd and how he tries to get back at everyone who has done something to him and they are put on a list. But in the end Lester saves the school [...]

    7. MissDziura on said:

      Ron Koertge's emotionally-charged, and real-life look at fifteen high school students is a must read. The subject matter is definitelly intended for mature readers in 8th grade and above. The Brimstone Journals contains poems written by the fifteen different high school students that are each going through their own issues from being bullied, harrassed, abused, and just trying to navigate through high school. Throughout the story there is a thread of an intended act of violence set to happen at [...]

    8. Sandi on said:

      This book is too short. I really don't believe in short books; that's not to say I need a 1,000 page novel either, but 113 pages in a verse novelo short.The problem is there isn't enough time to build up what could be facinating characters beyond superficial and slightly sterotypical images.I never really understod the community nor the culture of the people either. there was an emmence amount of underlying racism, but why? Where was this, when? The adults in the book were also portrayed as pret [...]

    9. Jorge on said:

      In the Brimstone journals lester is the socially awkward, meanly unwell, teenager who is constantly pick on by most of his class mates. The main focuse is lester's path to becoming a school shooter. how will this affect the other characters.

    10. bjneary on said:

      I read this realistic fiction novel in verse as part of the November chat for #yearoya focusing on books written between 2002 and 2007. My students always loved Ron Koertge books, I never found the time to read this, I am so glad I did. With school shootings making the news, this High School in 2001 is dealing with bullying, romance, sexual abuse, and a dangerous group who are making a list of those who will not make it. The teen voices are real and span all kinds of high school kids. Thankfully [...]

    11. Lillian Nemmers on said:

      It's about a boy named Boyd and he's making a list of people he wants dead. A bunch of different people were writing about themselves and what they were thinking. As more people were being put on the list, more people were finding out. Some people just thought it was rumors others just ignored it. One kid named Lester went to the cops and they went to the house and found a bomb in the basement. Since he was 18 he was in a lot of trouble. They found out he was planning to put the bomb in the cafe [...]

    12. Eme87 on said:

      High school students explain what is happening in their lives through short, poetry like entries. When some discover there will be violence at the school, they have to decide what they will do about that information.Grades 9-12

    13. Keshia on said:

      2.5 stars. I wish there was more depth to this book. Some of the students were so scarcely represented that I wonder why they were in there at all. Very stereotypical layout for several of the students. Ending too abrupt.

    14. Isaac Timm on said:

      If John Hughes had made a movie about school shootings, this would have been it. A good hearted try, but short of understanding the trauma of being an outsider in high school.

    15. Shel on said:

      Koertge, R. (2001). The Brimstone Journals. Somerville: Candlewick113 pagesAppetizer: Branston High has the inauspicious nickname of "Brimstone" and with good reason. One of its students is bullied. Another is abused by her step-father. Yet another student is trying to recruit others to an ominous "brotherhood." One student feels like he is king of the school. Another seeks freedom from her boyfriend. Many students feel misunderstood. Quite a few are religious. A couple are racist. Some have con [...]

    16. Irene Carracher Kistler on said:

      THE BRIMSTONE JOURNALS is a free verse novel by Ron Koertge. Through the eyes of fifteen students, we learn about the realities of Branston High School, Class of ‘01. There is white supremacy, broken romance, bullying, anorexia, obesity, sexual abuse, black pride. There is also communication and peer support, albeit fragile. And, most importantly, there is problem solving.The narrative arc of the poems surrounds the character of Boyd, a white supremacist who is developing a “hit list.” As [...]

    17. Laura on said:

      Branston High School, nicknamed Brimstone by its occupants, is a typical suburban high school in America. You have the jock, the nerd, the fat kid, the lesbian, and every other “label” high school students give each other. In The Brimstone Journals, Koertge gives readers a glimpse into the personal thoughts of each of these fifteen students by recording their thoughts and feelings in journal form. What joins the students together, whether they know it or not, is Boyd, an angry young man with [...]

    18. Brienna on said:

      personal response I personally did not like “The Brimstone Journals” because it was confusing and hard to follow. Each page was a different person writing their own little journal. By the time the book ended I was finally somewhat figuring out who the characters were. The book tied together weird because nothing really big happened. In my opinion it was just a book describing some weird people’s problems and how they feltotBoyd and his new friend, Mike, are making a list of all the people [...]

    19. Brianne Durrant on said:

      This book was a little slow at first, but once the plot began to set in, it was easy to get into the book. "Brimstone Journals" is about fifteen different people from Brimstone High school writing about their life. Most of this book focuses on Boyd and the list he and his friend wrote up. The list has anyone who has ever done them wrong or made them angry. On the 17th, they planned to kill whoever was on that list. Unfortunately, for him, he tells the wrong person his plan. There were fifteen ki [...]

    20. NSAndrew Liebergen on said:

      Warning, this is definitely a book for ages 14-18. This is an excellent example of a Poem-novel.Here is the overview, fifteen high school students tell their stories in a series of free-verse poems. They chronicle the events, large and small, leading up to an attack on the school planned by one of them. While reading, it does get a little confusing to keep the different voices straight. Some of the characters seem a little bit stereotypical and cliché in how the author portrays them. The charac [...]

    21. Kellie Wagner on said:

      The Brimstone Journals is a fiction book composed of high school journals from fifteen students. The book includes all types of students struggling with different issues but they all seem to come together. I gather the impression that the school is small because all of the journals relate, even though the kids may hate one another. It reminded me of the movie "Crash" where everyone is living a separate life but somehow they are linked.The main plot focuses around being bullied, and many of the c [...]

    22. Jeremy on said:

      This was a quick read, but in its short pages it covers pretty much every issue of the teenage generation today: Freedom, going green, being superior. Fears of fitting in, and fears of standing out. It is a well written book. The characters voice stands out alot, and there is much dialect; especially with the "ghetto fabulous" Neesha.My English teacher believed the author could have possibly been at a convention and the topic was problems in Americas youth, and then Koertge just expanded it into [...]

    23. Julia on said:

      A novel told in first- person free verse about the 15 students in the senior class, each with four or five poems a piece. Boyd is the angry one who starts a list, Lester is the fat, friendless kid, who at first works with Boyd, then turns him in. Meredith is a the girl with a reputation, Jennifer is the Christian girl who gets raped by Rob, Kelli is being controlled and abused by her boyfriend, the captain of the football team, Damon. Carter writes/ says : “Here’s the demographic breakdown/ [...]

    24. Megan on said:

      This is a gripping story told in poetical form that tells the tale of high school students dealing with each of their secrets and fears revealed through a compilation of their poetical journal entries. Each of the students has his and her secret, but the scariest secret belongs to one young man who decides to lash out at all those who offended him at school by making a list of names and preparing his hidden collection of heavy arsenal. A number of students are pulled into the plot, joining the t [...]

    25. Shannon on said:

      Told in compelling and poignant vignettes, this is a brutally honest story. We meet a motley group of seniors in high school who deal with a plethora of issues: anorexia, video game addiction, deadbeat parents, obesity, prejudices, rape, and more, making this a story that teenagers would relate to and appreciate. The characters introduce themselves through their poems/journal entries, and we slowly come to understand how they are all related. Through one major event, the students will come toget [...]

    26. Louis Queneau on said:

      Ron Kertge's "The Brimstone Journals" is about the Branston High School in the class of 2001. it talks about a slew of high school kids who all have different issues. one of them Boyd, a white supremacist who hates everyone in the schools and gets high and drinks a variety of drugs and liquors. his big plan is to get some kids who get beat up alot and who don't have much self confidence and massacre the entire school.(view spoiler)[ He is thwarted by a kid named Lester who is described to be ove [...]

    27. Grace Storvold on said:

      I really enjoyed reading this book. I thought the integration of dynamic and troubled characters enhanced the books importance and made a lot of relevant points about life as a teen in our modern era. Including; gun control, anorexia, sex, and the violence of video games and the effect of a young mind. Its was my first experience with a chapter book written in poetic dialect and although I was skeptical going into it I ended up forgetting that what I was reading was poetry. I am so impressed at [...]

    28. Sean Kennedy on said:

      I had to read this book for a marking job, and man it was terrible. One of the worst YA books I've ever read. Feels like a total disconnect between the author and the 'yoof' of today.It also tries to have its cake and eat it too, by dealing with the issue of school gun massacres, but then manages to avoid it by having the perpetrator get caught before it happens so, y'know, it can't get criticised for glorifying gun culture or martyrdom, or what have you.What also annoyed me from an LGBTQ perspe [...]

    29. Tristan on said:

      I really did like this book. I thought it told a very interesting set of stories, also some were less important than others (for example, Sheila's), but all were good. Not the best verse novel I have ever read, but one that certainly brings home the dangers of letting anger boil up inside of you and what a little good will can do for a person. The poems themselves (as I remember; it's been a few months) were good, but not great, very natural, but in places almost not poetry (more so even than in [...]

    30. Terry on said:

      Koertge packs in a surprising number of teen issues for 113 pages. While the language is accessible, the sheer number of characters makes it a little challenging to read. Like many YA titles, "Brimstone Journals" suggests that stereotypes are dangerous and in need of closer examination, yet Koertge must rely on types to substantiate his characters. I liked that there are many unresolved issues and that the avoided tragedy in no way solves many of the subsidiary issues. This would probably make a [...]

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