Peter Wilton is pretty much perfect. Handsome, intelligent, and with a promising future in medicine, he’s his father’s pride. His parents love him. Teachers love him. Girls love him. Everyone loves him.And then there’s Grayson.Unlike his older brother (“Perfect Peter”), Grayson is a pimply, bullied, D-and-F student. With a history of victimization, he’s desperate for a new start when his family packs up and moves to Greenford. A new town, a new high school…it sounds like the perfect chance to make things better. But during Gray’s first week of high school, enter Zorro, the football star, who leads a gang of f his friends in terrorizing Grayson and his friend Ross.As the school year progresses, the torture escalates. Physical, emotional, and verbal abuse stalks Gray in the hall of his school and at home, at the hands of the father who can’t understand a son that wants to drum instead of shoot ducks, fails classes, and has no interest in sports. Nowhere is safe.Slowly, every one of the few refuges Gray has built up are taken from him. Faced with the very real fear that one day, the bullies will kill him, and with absolutely no source of happiness left in his life, Grayson turns to what he sees as his only chance of having some form of control—and some form of revenge.Endgame was written by Nancy Garden.
This Work Provides Examples Of:
Abusive Parents: Gray’s dad is this; his mother isn’t actually abusive, she just can’t stand up to her husband.
Adults Are Useless: An adult helps Grayson out once, over the course of the entire book. ‘’Once.’’ By the time they start trying, it’s far, far too late.
Archnemesis Dad: Two of Gray’s abusers stand out, having the most screen time and characterization, and perhaps giving him the most pain. One is Zorro. The other is Gray’s father.
Break the Cutie: The story is essentially about Gray being abused and abused until her snaps and opens fire on his classmates.
Black Sheep: Gray. His mother and brother don’t seem to mind, but his father hates everything that makes Grayson different.
Bloodless Carnage: The shooting at the end is relatively non-graphic, but we are seeing it through the eyes of someone who’s a little crazy
Historical Villain Upgrade: The newspaper article turns Gray in a raging psychopath who’s obsessed with violence, and practically omits the months of torture that left him thinking his own classmates were seriously going to kill him.
Jerkass Victim: Zorro. Also Grayson, at the same time. You know from the start he’s a murderer, and you still have to feel sorry for the pain he’s handed.