Period 8 by Chris Crutcher

Period 8

In this terrifying and provocative novel by the bestselling and award-winning author of Deadline and Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, a teenage boy tries to uncover what happened to a girl who has vanished from his high school. Was she abducted, or did she run for her life?Paul "The Bomb" Baum tells the truth. No matter what. It was something he learned at Sunday school. But telling the truth can cause problems, and not just minor ones. And as Pauli...

Details Period 8

TitlePeriod 8
Release DateMar 26th, 2013
PublisherGreenwillow Books
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Fiction, Contemporary, Sports and Games, Sports

Reviews Period 8

  • Giselle
    What attracted me to this book initially was the mention of a bully. The blurb on the back of the book even says "A new novel about an ultimate bully and the ethics of love". Sounds pretty good for any gritty contemporary fan, no? Except this "bully" is just a very weird guy with an obvious hidden agenda. The "ethics of love" part is correct, though. The whole book felt like an after-school-special-slash-Sunday-school-summon about love, telling t...
  • Emily May
    Not for me.Just a quick scan of the few reviews available for this book shows me those words appearing several times in one form or another. It seems to be the common opinion that this book is waiting to be loved by someone - though, who that someone is, it's hard to tell. Guys, maybe. Guys who like to read character studies and aren't put off by a plot that is slow and arguably not even there.This was my first problem - this book is painfully sl...
  • Kaje Harper
    This book is a bit of a departure for one of my favorite YA authors. Chris Crutcher writes stories about teens dealing with life, with being overweight, or having anger issues, or being gay, or not a great athlete, or being ill, or whatever. His characters are sympathetic, there is usually someone with a touch of wisdom hidden in snark, and bad things and good things both happen.Those are true of this book too, but it's structured more like a mys...
  • Donna
    I am a huge Chris Crutcher fan. I really respect him - as an author and as a person. I couldn't wait to read Period 8, and I will have a line of students when I return to school waiting for this one as well. It doesn't disappoint. There are some classic Crutcher elements - the strong language, the wise teacher/mentor, the imperfect narrator that you can't help but to pull for, the real-life issues that people don't like to talk about. But this no...
  • Annette
    While Period 8 provides and interesting story, I did have some problems with the book.Paul is a member of "Period 8," a class that certain students attend at Heller High. You can talk about anything you want, or just listen. It's basically just a bull session. Paul makes a big mistake - he cheats on his long-time girlfriend, Hannah. And, he feels so bad he has to tell her. Of course they break up, and this is the beginning of a big mess. All is n...
  • Paperback
    Period.8 is about a group of students who gather together in 8th-period free period. Mr. Logs teaches it, and in it the students open up and ask for advice. Whatever happens in Period.8 stays private. While most of the students are honest, some of them will do anything to keep their secrets. (Duh-duh-DUH!) I am the world's biggest Crutcher fan. So, while Arney is a really interesting bad-guy, the story was fragmented. The story followed Arney, Ha...
  • Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
    This book is supposedly about the "ultimate bully." Picking up this book, I expected a gritty contemporary about the dark side of high school and teenagers struggling with moral conflicts. What I got was a high school drama overloaded with hormones and teenage angst.The plot is dull and disorganized. The story is introduced seemingly with the assumption that we know who the characters area. There's a reason why it's often discouraged to start a s...
  • Claudia
    Getting to listen to Crutcher talk about the book before I read it was heaven...he talked about reading Dave Cullen's COLUMBINE and being completely chilled by the portrayal of the sociopath, Eric. He told us he wanted to create a character who could 'easily get into the thread' of everyday life. That he has done.I'm probably the only person you know who's read Crutcher's book THE DEEP END, an adult thriller...I see reflections here. In that earl...
  • Sexinthelibrary
    Tak turns to Hannah. “Soon as schools out take your journalism recorder out on the street and ask every adult you pass if they’re with the girl or boy they were with in high school.”Hannah says, “This is….”“Naw, serious,”Tak says. “We aren’t made so we know exactly what to do. We gotta fuck up to find out.”Start by remembering this is Chris Crutcher. Period 8 is an optional period where students join a group under the direct...
  • Erin Cataldi
    This was a fast read, and I had it knocked out in about three hours. Chris Crutcher does a great job keeping you at the edge of your seat, guessing as to what is about to happen next. And it's no use, because you won't figure out what in the hell is going on until the end. Period 8 is an hour long hang out/lunch time/open discussion that students at Heller High can participate in. The only only rules are that you have to keep it real (no lying an...
  • Kia
    I thought this book was great! In this day and age, when I feel that teens are babied and taught that they will and should be great at everything, this was a refreshing read. It was gritty and realistic. If a students can have a drug ring, they can definitely have a sex ring. Arney Stacks was quite an original. I liked that Crutcher illustrated that teens can be very cunning and manipulative. That you just can't give everyone the benefit of the ...
  • Barb Dean
    PERIOD 8is Chris Crutcher's latest teen novel and from the first page takes the reader into the hard, dark realities of life. This is classic Crutcher because this man does not avoid the harsh realities that confront teenagers daily. But Crutcher himself admits that he has put this one on steroids. But this novel also features a wise, compassionate adult in the person of Bruce Logsdon, the teacher who opens his classroom during lunch for PERIOD E...
  • Thalia
    Read the review on my blog:
  • Amy Gilliland
    Very deep subject material! Great as usual from Crutcher!! Love all his books.
  • Erik Galindo
    Period 8 from Chris Crutcher is probably my favorite book I have read this year because, it brings out what really is happening with society and relationships out in the world. And also brings a lot of humor. Which that's one reason why I love this book and Chris Crutcher’s work. He knows how to make someone laugh and at the same time catch someone's attention. Period 8 is about a group of friends who are in love with swimming, who is Paul and...
  • Kathy Davie
    A Young Adult novel that asks some hard questions.My TakeWOW! This was fabulous and terrifying. I love the idea of Period 8 and a teacher like Logs. It should be a requirement in every school, except it wouldn't work, but the concept, Period 8 isn't deep philosophy. It's more of a peek into high school life and students' thoughts as Crutcher sets up the background for the suspense of the story, and he does a good job of stretching it ...
  • Debby
    3 starsPeriod 8... what are you? Full disclosure: if I hadn't received an ARC of this, I probably wouldn't have picked it up. I'm not a big contemporary person, and this isn't contemporary romance either - which is what I normally pick up from the genre. So the fact that it absorbed me like it did and made me enjoy it so much is really surprising. It was just a great read.I dove into this book without even really reading the blurb. I think I read...
  • Stormy
    I feel like there were two competing story lines in Period 8. There’s the events of the actual Period 8, a lunchtime get together of a jumble of high school students from different backgrounds, social groups, and grade levels. They’re led by Logs, the supportive teacher who leads what, in essence, becomes a high school therapy group. No topic is off-limits in Period 8, but everything remains confidential.There’s quite a few scenes that take...
  • Ata Bird
    At first I was worried this book might be too mature for my classroom, but it stays away from being explicit. The action is good, once it gets moving, and I enjoyed seeing a teacher portrayed as a positive adult and helper rather than a problem. Everyday he has lunch, period 8, in his classroom with a group of students. The main character, Paulie, the Bomb, is a senior in high school. He just cheated on his girlfriend and told her so she broke up...
  • Kellee
    *Chris Crutcher can write. Wow!Full review at:, this is not a "normal" Chris Crutcher book, but like all of his books, it is raw, true, and sports plays a role of some sort. And this one is SO full of suspense for the last 25%. It is a hold your breath, read as quickly as you can kind of book there at the end. (I do wish that this suspense had been spread out to 50% of the book. This would have helped t...
  • Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
    Review:Until Period 8 I had never heard of Chris Crutcher. However, I was drawn in by the cover and after reading the blurb on Edelweiss I really felt this sounded like a book I needed to read. Unfortunately, it turned out Period 8 was way to the left of what I was expecting it to be.This book is marketed as a Thriller but honestly I didn't get that vibe from 75% of the book. Sure the character Mary is mysteriously disappearing throughout the boo...
  • Daven
    I'm becoming more and more nervous about making YA recommendations to my 8th graders. If this latest Chris Crutcher novel is any indication (and I think it is), the genre is moving more and more in to dicey, undefendable territory. Despite its highly engaging storyline and readability, there is no chance that I will be recommending Period 8 to my students - and even though I have for years recommended Chris Crutcher as a go-to YA author. For star...
  • Darcy
    Wow, this one didn't go where I thought it would when I started it, but about half way through I figured out what was going on. I kept saying, there was no way that was what was going on, but as I kept reading it turned out true.I started out not sure about Paulie, I liked that he told the truth to Hannah, but hated what he was telling her. I even agree with Hannah's reaction. However as the story evolved I realized how much each of them was play...
  • Savannah (Books With Bite)
    In the introduction to the reader, Mr. Crutcher states he "put this book on steroids." After closing the last page of the book, I have come to a conclusion. All authors need to take Mr. Crutcher advice.I have never read such a crazy, beautiful, MESSED up book. The plot first of all, takes the reader far away to a place of watching. As you watch the plot unfold, the reader gets chances with every chapter to start to peace things together. I like t...
  • Alicia
    A suspenseful thriller from Crutcher, this book is definitely in the stratosphere of good YA mysteries similar to What Happened to Cass McBride? by Giles or Wish You Were Dead by Strasser. While there are certain plot points that one must suspend their disbelief (a teacher reliving his glory days before retirement with a VERY loose and somewhat unprofessional relationship with swimmer Paulie, but all of the students of period 8). While I respect ...
  • Marshall Messmer
    it is a very good book little hard to keep with because it jumps character to character very fast but when you get it down it is a very good book to read. At the end it gets very suspenseful and will increase your heart rate might even sweat a little bit. Period 8 goes through the every day life of an high schooler and the drama they seem to get themselves into and how they try to get out of it and like always it doesn't work. Paul the main chara...
  • Ann
    I was engaged with this book almost all the way through, and very much so towards the beginning. I thought the characters seemed very realistic in the ways that they talked to one another and related to each other. Other parts of the book, however, were disappointing.It was obvious to me who the main villain was going to be, since I know a lot about sociopaths. The adult villain surprised me. But a lot of the rationale behind pretty much any of t...