Victor hates his life. He's relentlessly bullied at school and his parents ridicule him for not being perfect. He's tired of being weak, so he takes a bottle of his mother's sleeping pills -- only to wake up in the hospital.
Bull is angry, and takes all of his rage out on Victor. He's the opposite of weak. And he's tired of his grandfather's drunken beatings, so he tries to defend himself with a loaded gun.
When Victor and Bull end up as roommates in the same psych ward, things go from bad to worse. Until they discover they just might have something in common: a reason to live.
"Readers who enjoy stories of dysfunction, personal growth, and redemption will love this book."
— VOYA, February 2012
"[Bull's and Victor's] stories offer a strong message of hope to the bullied and abused."
— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, April 2012
"...Walton successfully exposes the impetus of violence through well-developed central characters..."
— Publishers Weekly
"In this powerful debut novel, K.M. Walton takes an unrelenting look at the corrosive effects of bullying, sometimes coming from where one would least expect it. CRACKED crackles with emotional intensity from beginning to end."
— James Howe, bestselling author of THE MISFITS