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They think they’re invincible After seventeen very ordinary years of life in small-town America, Amit Pillai suddenly finds himself on a red-eye flight to Kerala. An NRI, he is forced to join the posh Ananthapuri International School, the only school in town that accepts ‘soft boys’ like him. But this Kerala is faux-Americana where it’s all loud music and lined pockets, and there’s never enough time to stop and look around.Amit quickly discovers that life here is anything but soft. Struggling with love and identity, he is never quite sure where to draw the line, when his fragile existence at school is rocked by a series of shocking events. What have they done? What are the consequences? And can they live with them?A roller-coaster ride through the real times of an Indian teenager, The International is contemporary school life told like never before.Printed Pages: 352.