Being yourself can be such a bad idea sometimes.
16-year-old Badi Hessamizadeh, life is a series of humiliations. After
withdrawing from public school under mysterious circumstances, Badi enters
Magnificat Academy. To make things “easier,” his dad has even given him a new
name: Bud Hess. Grappling with his Iranian American identity, clinical
depression, bullying, and a barely bottled rage, Bud is an outcast who copes by
resorting to small revenges and covert acts of defiance. But the pressures of
his home life, plummeting grades, and the unrequited affection of his new
friend, Nikki, prime him for a more dangerous revolution. Strange letters to the
editor begin to appear in Magnificat’s newspaper, hinting that some tragedy
will befall the school. Suspicion falls on Bud, and he and Nikki struggle to
uncover the real culprit and clear Bud’s name.
Permanent Record explodes with
dark humor and emotional depth—and is a powerful look at the ways the bullied
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