Michael Harmon is one of the newer writers I have really enjoyed. His first two novels "Skate" and "Last Exit to Normal" were great coming of age novels. That trend continues with the brilliantly potent "Brutal". Brutal tells the story of Poe, a punk rocker from LA, who is sent to live with her father she never knew in rural nowhere. The story mixes a quirky cast of characters to tell a riveting story of high school life. It also protrays the reality that judging others by appearances and social status is often incorrect. The book is an honest and funny portrayal of a girl coming to grips with who she is , the family she has and the life she has lived. A must book for any reluctant reader.