I just finished reading Breaking Point by Alex Flinn. This was an intriuquing book combining the insightfulness of Paul, a boy who wants to fit in, with Charlie whose friends aren’t really “friends” except for Paul. Even though Charlie and Paul are best friends, Charlie still uses him and Paul uses Charlie. It makes you think if someone is using you and if you’re using someone.

-From book jacket
“We may need to plant a bomb in Old Lady Zaller’s classroom.”
These simple words will change Paul Richmond’s life forever. Paul is new to Gate, a school whose rich students make life miserable for anyone not like them. And Paul is definitely not like them.
Then something incredible happens. Charlie Good, a star student and athlete, invites Paul to join his elite inner circle. All Charlie wants is a few things in return-small things that Paul does willingly. And then, one day, Charlie wants something big.
How far will Paul go to fit in?

This book really makes me think about some of the ethical issues rasied in Breaking Point. Well I am not exactly sure if you can call them ethical issues but oh well. How come Paul let Charlie make him do those things, small or big? All these things Paul does to fit seems so real life like. Breaking Point is like taking a step into reality of those who just are willingly to do anything to fit in and all the manupliation if they don’t want to. But is “fitting in” and “being popular” really matter? I don’t think so. You definitly need to read this, add this to your must read list.

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