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Broken Magic [Kindle Edition]

Eric Sipple
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It’s senior year of high school, and everyone but Neil seems to know what’s next. All Neil wants is to be free: to survive his last year, and keep hoping something better is waiting for him in college. Then a musician named Celeste comes into his life.

Celeste doesn't fit into Neil's reality. She’s a runaway, chasing an impossible world. She can't be like everyone else - and when he's around her, Neil's not himself, either.

Helping Celeste in her quest for magic – and the father who abandoned her to search for it – might cost Neil everything.

But when you don’t know your place in this world, and someone offers you another...is everything too high a price to pay?


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About the Author

Eric Sipple is a web developer by day and a writer and filmmaker by night, living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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  • File Size: 385 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477636390
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009FLIA9S
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! October 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I taught Eric and simply saying how exceedingly proud I am of this talented young author seems trite. However, I saw this novel in its initial stages, and to receive it in my school mailbox as a published novel was a thrilling and humbling experience. As I read it and savored it, I knew that Eric had achieved one of his childhood dreams! It is well written, insightful, compelling, and honest. His growth as a writer is evident, and I look forward to reading his future works with excitement. Eric, if you read this, know that you made your former English teacher proud to bursting and that your dedication brought tears to my eyes and joy to my soul. As I continually said to you, don't ever stop writing. You have a gift from God!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Believing in Magic September 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
As someone who burns sage and sleeps with valerian root under her pillow, when I see a book called Broken Magic, I immediately want to love it. I suspect my love of the ethereal might have even bolstered my appreciation if the author had written a goat of a story. But he hasn't. He's gone and wrote a wonderful one.
Wisely, the plot is simple. Relationships and their expectations, surprises and the general peril of negotiating them. This is not to say it is spartan or dull. The author keeps the story moving with actions, their consequences, and the promise of pending disaster or triumph, just kept on a modest scale. The actual text provides some interesting additions, with format changes like computer language and short chapters written as lines in a play. Don't be concerned by a story of high-school love. There is not a single wail of teenage ennui to be found. My favorite thing about the relationships is the respect given them. Young or not, love is confusing and extraordinary and painful as hell. That's all there as the protagonist Neil wades through these waters. It seems pejorative to call it a coming-of-age story or a love story, because it is more. It's about people, aptly created and fully flushed, as they dig into themselves and others. More closely, it's about what happens in these relationships when they hit bedrock and their shovels break as they dig. The brightest star of the story is Neil. The writer, Eric Sipple, has sculpted him in such a way that you root him. Like the best of a John Hughes or Cameron Crowe film character, you don't pity Neil. He has the goods and you simply want a victory for him because his time has come.
As a narrator, Neil is charming. Honest. No hipster smugness. He honestly guides us through his life, insecurities and all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Touching Story About Growing Up October 3, 2012
By Anesly
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Teenagers are the worst people. Ok, that's not true. But teenagers are difficult--some of the worst things of childhood and adulthood clash in our teenage years, with a crazy hormone bath to boot. I was concerned about reading a book about teenagers, but after reading Eric Sipple's affecting story in Hot Mess: speculative fiction about climate change, I wanted to give this a try.

Here Sipple spins another touching tale, with, yes, teenagers. He captures the awkwardness and confusion of this age without dumbing his characters down; they show flashes of insight and perspective as the larger world seeps in through the cracks of their relatively sheltered lives.

This is a lovely read--a smart, funny, and poignant tale of _people_, just trying to be navigate life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting & Heartfelt September 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Reading Broken Magic is an exhilarating, engrossing experience. Many times, I forgot I was reading fiction, and felt that I was reading a snippet of the author's biography. It feels deeply personal, even woven throughout, as it is, with elements of the mystical. It's the story of 18 year old Neil Leone, a high school senior whose life, though it is barely just beginning, feels as though it's stuck in park. Until the fateful night when he meets Celeste, a teenager like himself, singing in a coffee shop. He's immediately entranced with her, all thoughts of impressing the cute drama club girl he came with driven almost instantly out of his mind. It could be seen as love at first sight, or maybe just that kind of heady, all in infatuation that happens in high school. Neil agrees to go see her play a second time, at a coffee shop in Pittsburgh, and it's there, during their conversation, that the story takes a turn for the magical.

To say more about the plot would be spoiling it, and I want everybody who reads this book (and you definitely should read this book) to go in completely clean. It's an amazingly heartfelt, touching, incredibly emotional read. It feels like it is over far, far too soon. That's not to say that the story feels incomplete in any way, far from it, actually. I just mean that as soon as it was over I wanted more of the story. I wanted to spend more time with Neil, and with Celeste, and with Jill, Neil's cynical riot of a best friend, and Asada-san, Neil's mentor and the director of the winter play at Neil's high school, who sees the heart and specialness inside of Neil and works to help him pull it out. I wanted to learn more about The Wanderer's City, and about the circle of stones (Oops, spoilers!). But what we got was incredibly special, and wonderful. Young Adult novels at this point are a dime a dozen. But very few of them are as special, or as well written, or as just plain good as this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and authentic.
I read this a while back and immediately purchased more copies to give as gifts. I really enjoyed the playfulness the book took with the "4th wall" that was clever and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by H. G. Prime
5.0 out of 5 stars John Green With A Magic Spark
It was absolutely amazing! I could instantly connect with Neil as a sort of accidental theater kid out of place. Read more
Published 4 months ago by John Durden
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful - great characters & intriguing storyline
I loved this. I really liked the characters. They were well written and I could relate to them. The storyline was so intriguing. I had no idea where it was going to go. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jo
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific YA fantasy
Full disclosure: Eric Sipple is a close personal friend of mine, as well as a collaborator.

When I read the book, though, I barely knew him. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Arlo J. Wiley
4.0 out of 5 stars Inventive and Engrossing
Having enjoyed Eric Sipple's online offerings and his wonderful short story in Hot Mess: speculative fiction about climate change, I was excited by the prospect of this book. Read more
Published 19 months ago by OnOneCondition
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good read
This book brought me right back to high school, and senior year anxiety. It took me only about three hours to finish, the chapters breezed by. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Lauren Emerson
4.0 out of 5 stars Smart and funny
I enjoyed this book a lot. It's a coming-of-age story about a high school senior named Neil who comes to realize his view of the world is not what it seems. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Claire-Dee Lim
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best endings leave questions unanswered
MARK'S REVIEW

Eric asked if I would review this book for him, and since I was already familiar with his writing, I gladly accepted, knowing I was in for a treat. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Masquerade Crew
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical realism in the best tradition
Broken Magic is a very specific book.

It's about a somewhat neurotic boy in high school, convinced he's nobody. Neil reads a lot of fantasy and watches a lot of anime. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Brent
4.0 out of 5 stars time, place, and WSOD
I'll start this off by saying that Eric Sipple is a friend of mine, dating from a time when I was a bit younger (and even more socially hopeless) than the protagonist. Read more
Published on October 13, 2012 by Brennen
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Eric Sipple is a web developer by day and a writer and filmmaker by night, living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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