Genre: YA LGBT Fiction
After a tragic accident devastates his family, 16-year-old Rick St. James starts his junior year of high school without any friends in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah. When he meets Kevin Vincent, he’s too distracted by the promise of new friends to see that Kevin has secrets of his own.
Having created an environment where he’s feared and admired by his classmates, Kevin finds pleasure in using his good looks and violence to control and manipulate those around him. Secretly, he cruises the gay club scene, turning tricks to earn money so he can party and get high.
As Rick’s dad becomes increasingly violent and abusive at home, the two form a surprising and volatile trust. In this battle of wills, their precarious friendship will either keep their lives from blowing up around them or possibly light the fuse that will cause the explosion.
Review: It's hard to review Violence Begets... It's a tough book to read. Ricky's life isn't easy AT ALL. It's a dark, disturbing book, with a lot of violence (like the title says) and Kevin doesn't have it easy either. I loved their connection, how they got through their struggles, and I felt a lot of emotions while reading, which makes it hard to review. You'll just have to see for yourself. I enjoyed it a lot, but the material isn't for anyone, it does cover a lot of dark topics. I cried, and I still get emotional thinking about it. Just red it.