Bits of Broken Glass Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B00F9JBU3I
- Publication date : December 23, 2013
- Language: : English
- File size : 4590 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 219 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,076,535 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story begins with a countdown to the reunion, and tension builds as the date draws closer. Cherry, the popular cheerleader, organizes this reunion, even as she battles a life-threatening illness. Joe, the guy with the movie-star looks, hasn't ventured back to his hometown since graduation, and in doing so, must revisit memories of a terrifying time as a teenager, when being gay wasn't accepted by everyone in the small town. Scott is enjoying an "early retirement" from the town thanks to a suspicious injury, but has failed at marriage and fatherhood. And Kellie, who hides a shameful secret, realizes that the only way to put the past behind her is to face it.
Martha Reynolds takes on some difficult subject matter in this book, but draws the reader right into the story. She brings the characters to life and you'll find yourself turning each page in anticipation of what comes next.
I found the characters interesting, if maybe a little stereotypical - the cheerleader, the wall flower, the bully, the gay, but Martha has made each character interesting and worth turning the page to see how they progress towards attending (or not!) the reunion. Some characters have to face past demons, which is well presented by the author. Some characters have NOT changed much, while some characters have changed completely since high school.
There is an undercurrent of violence and hurt in some of their lives that the author has conveyed well, not as a "data dump", but revealed slowly as we get to know the characters.
The only reason I did not give it a "5" is because I found the ending of the story - the reunion - to be too short and almost a "perfunctory" ending. There is the Big Reveal by the main character, and the Big Revenge against another character, but since the reunion was the driving force of the entire book, I would have liked to see the author expand it out some more, build the tension some more, use her wonderful writing talent to put us on the edge of our seats, prolong the Reveal and Revenge. It just seemed all over too quick.
So ultimately, what I'm saying is that Martha is a wonderful writer and this is a good book, and I want her to present us with longer examples of her craft, to push her self a little more in character development. Build some more tension, slowly, luxuriously. Show us more of your talent, Martha. You have it!