Michael Wayne Hampton
Publication date: March, 2022
Paperback: ISBN: 978-1-925965-84-1
eBook: ISBN: 978-1-925965-85-8
★★★★★ “A deeply unsettling portrait of privilege and proof that the kids are not alright.” David James Poissant, author of Lake Life and The Heaven of Animals
Out of place at an experimental high school, sensitive high school junior Bryce Hughes steals his father's pharmaceutical sales samples to stay steady and share recreationally with his wealthy, spoiled, nihilistic friends at their wild weekend parties. Hopelessly hung up on his ex-girlfriend, Paige, whose emotions are as fickle as her taste for fashion, Bryce can barely see the quiet scholarship girl, Jaycee, who adores him.
Over the course of a single school year, Bryce and his crew from The Dream Academy have to survive classes they don’t understand, work in the real world, pressure to uphold their school’s public brand, betrayals, and cyberbullying that threatens to push one of their own over the edge.
Each lost Dream Kid must find a way to save their future, their sense of self, and their passions, while fighting to reconcile who they are at heart with who they are believed to be by others.