Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Date: March 2013
Duration: 7 hours 54 minutes
For sixteen-year-old Badi Hessamizadeh, life is a series of humiliations. After withdrawing from public school under mysterious circumstances, Badi enters Magnificat Academy. To make things "easier,"
his dad has even given him a new name: Bud Hess. Grappling with his Iranian-American identity, clinical depression, bullying, and a barely bottled rage, Bud is an outcast who copes by resorting to small revenges
and covert acts of defiance, but the pressures of his home life, plummeting grades, and the unrequited affection of his new friend, Nikki, prime him for a more dangerous revolution. Strange letters to the editor begin to appear in Magnificat's newspaper, hinting that some tragedy will befall the school. Suspicion falls on Bud, and he and Nikki struggle to uncover the real culprit and clear Bud's name. Permanent Record explodes with dark humor, emotional depth, and a powerful look at the ways the bullied fight back.
PRAISE FOR Permanent Record
"Adult fiction writer Stella's first YA novel smartly tackles ethnic and social prejudice while introducing a remarkably strong underdog." -Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Terrific... An appealing portrait of adolescent angst and rebellion." -Plain Dealer
"A poignant and compelling tale of a unique high school outcast, told in a searing and memorable voice." -David Klass, author of You Don't Know Me
"Smart, funny, and psychologically complex. Leslie Stella is a brilliant writer, and her debut as a writer-for-teens is a dazzling achievement." -Julianna Baggott, author of Pure