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4.03 out of 54.03 out of 54.03 out of 54.03 out of 54.03 out of 5 4.03 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brent Runyon Narrator: Christopher Evan Welch Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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Brent Runyon's account of his attempted suicide has garnered critical accolades for its glimpse into adolescent depression and rare insight into the human condition.

Fearing expulsion and parental disapproval after lighting a shirt on fire at his school, Brent goes home, soaks his bathrobe with gasoline, steps into his shower, and strikes a match. Suffering horrific burns, Brent faces a long, painful recovery - both mentally and physically. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruby | 2/19/2014

    " This was a really amazing book. It was scary too, and made me think about whether anyone I might know is going through the same things the author was at the time. It is scary and has some graphic scenes in it though, so it definately isnt reccomened for younger readers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Analia | 2/18/2014

    " it deals with some really messed up stuff...you should read it!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steph | 2/14/2014

    " This is interesting because it is autobiographical. The frustrating part is that the reader never learns why the author set himself on fire (which I think would be the question on everybody's mind). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Serenity | 2/9/2014

    " This book was one of the major works I read as a young teenager of the 8th grade. I remember how disgustingly real and raw this story was, portraying the tale of a depressed young man who lit his flesh on fire and survived. Being clinically depressed at this age--something that would continue on until the beginning of my sophomore year of highschool--I was extremely attracted to this book. It wasn't so much the book as it was the character, who seemed so close to me because I could understand why he thought the way he did, because my thinking pattern was the same. The description of his burnt flesh, etched in deep detail, sickened me and made me want to throw up several times; my mom who had glanced at this book once through DID throw up when she stumbled upon one of the more gorey detailed scenes. The fact that the man who had walked within the pages was real made me fall that much deeper into the story. It was an amazing story, and while it is not for the week stomach, it certainly did make the wheels in my head begin to turn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 1/20/2014

    " I found this book to be very engaging and fast paced. Great for teen boys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 12/13/2013

    " An amazing read. What is so good about this book is that we get to see what a teen boy really feels and thinks. The book is frightening in its honesty. I was gripped from the first page and read this in one sitting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bachyboy | 11/28/2013

    " A disturbed 14 year old boy seeks to escape his miseries by dousing himself in petrol and setting fire to himself. However his survival instinct take over even though he has lost 85% of his skin. This is the diary of his recovery, sad and traumatic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandi | 11/24/2013

    " The true story about a boy who lit himself on fire during a bout of mental illness. It follows him upto and after the event. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 8/19/2013

    " Such a good book. Really moving and sad, but also entertaining. Who knew? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 6/2/2013

    " A devastating, horrifying book that will make you laugh and sob all at once. It made my heart hurt. And it made me thank my lucky stars that I got through my own teenage angst unscathed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 4/3/2013

    " This starts with a lot of promise, but I felt that the next 100 pages totally stagnated. I realize that this is the author's retelling of these events so they are sussed up for the reader, but it made for really really boring reading. I felt that I got the gist of the book with out even finishing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jendimmick | 2/22/2013

    " Shocking, true story of a failed suicide attempt that ends with 85% of Brent's eighth grade body burned. A tale of his struggle to understand and recover. Hard to read, but compelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara Edwards | 11/27/2012

    " Read this a while back. It was heartbreaking and moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moncia Hill | 11/19/2012

    " There were quite a few small parts in the that i didnt like but iother than that it was a great book. What makes it even more interesting is that thed book is based on a true story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ally | 9/21/2012

    " It was an interesting book, but it took me a while to read because I couldn't keep myself interested. Also, it had a really abrupt ending. Overall it was ok, but it could have been better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rochelle | 8/27/2012

    " My heart broke for this kid "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nova | 6/2/2012

    " i cryed but it was a beautifuly true story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 5/28/2012

    " This is actually a "young adult book," but it's based on a true story and was very interesting and moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brit Miller | 11/16/2011

    " This book isn't for everyone as it goes into a bit of detail after he is in the hospital, but the fact that it's a true story pulls at you in a way I had never experienced before reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Lacy | 10/16/2011

    " i absolutely LOVED this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimpy0464 | 6/27/2011

    " Incredibly painful and poignant, a wonderful read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jendimmick | 6/21/2011

    " Shocking, true story of a failed suicide attempt that ends with 85% of Brent's eighth grade body burned. A tale of his struggle to understand and recover. Hard to read, but compelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 5/27/2011

    " An extraordinarily moving book about a young man trying to come to terms with depression, first with attempted suicide and then with the aftermath. I also appreciated Runyon's afterward, giving us a glimpse into the live he's living now. Excellent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachael | 4/28/2011

    " Did not really enjoy being inside the head of a 13 year old boy. Never resolves his issues, so it was just lots of angst. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colby | 4/8/2011

    " Torturously hard read. So freaking boring and uneventful. I wouldn't reccomend it.

    No offense to people who burn themselves ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/6/2011

    " horrifying and fascinating. This book made me shiver and think :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 3/16/2011

    " This book was Amazing. In the beginning it is annoying becuase the boy is just a bit whiney, but then agian he is a teenage boy. after the incident the book picks up and becomes intense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/13/2011

    " This was really a amazing book.
    It was disturbing thou
    it really goes into detail about his burns.
    Its amazing because its a TRUE story.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arryn | 3/9/2011

    " Best. Book. EVER!!!!
    I want to meet Brent Runyon. "

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