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Broken Hardcover – November 5, 2013
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Scarlet has been sick for her whole life. As a fellow "sick kid," I really identified with her. I don't have a heart condition, but my illness does require me to stay home much of the time, like Scarlet. Scarlet wants nothing more than a normal high school experience, and she finally convinces her parents to let her attend high school for a week on a trial basis.
Broken spans one week in time, but it's an action-packed week, and with the revelations throughout the story, it's the most life-changing week Scarlet has ever had. I'm not usually a fan of books that take place over very short time periods, but the short time span really worked for Broken. Plus, there was an epilogue----love those----so there was plenty of closure and an added layer of depth to the story.
It's hard to write this review without giving away the huge surprise at the end of Broken. Suffice it to say, I was shocked beyond belief. Lyons' pacing was perfect, and had me on the edge of my seat for much of the story. The characters were well-developed, interesting, and varied from the typical high school students. I loved that Scarlet's flashbacks served such an important role in the conflict resolution. It was easy for me to mentally brush them off, thinking, oh, that's just another dream...Read more ›
The reader is introduced to Scarlet Killian as a young woman dealing with a genetic heart condition, Long QT Syndrome, causing her heart to have an abnormal heart rhythm, her heart pumps so fast there is a 20% chance Scarlet could die at any moment. Scarlet pulls her Automated External Defibrillator in a wheeled case, just in case her heart goes too fast or stops and needs a shock. The AED nicknamed "Phil" gives Scarlet unwanted attention from students of Smithfield High School.
The storyline walks the reader through the challenges Scarlet meets and how she resolves them. Scarlet's one desire is to be able to attend high school as a normal student. Her dad and step-mom think Scarlet's heart is not strong enough to deal with the day to day pressures. Dad is on the road four days a week leaving Scarlet's step-mother, the Smithfield School nurse, responsible for Scarlet's heath.
We learn Scarlet's persistence has talked her dad and step-mom into letting her try to attend public schools, and they have agreed to a one week trial. Scarlet has one week to prove she can deal with the pressures of the academic life. Lyons' "Broken" takes the time to introduce her readers to the key players in Scarlet's life.Read more ›
Scarlet was a character that I could get close to right away for many reasons. Her internal voice was so honest right from the start that I found it easy to feel compassion for her situation. She wanted so much to be normal and to live life to the fullest that I found myself wishing the best for her and excited about each page that went by.
The thriller aspect of this book comes a bit later than I expected, but I thought the buildup of the rest of the story was perfect. I always feel when the author rushes straight into the dramatic aspects of a novel before I have the chance to get to know the main character that the book ends up lacking a crucial connection. I was already invested in the characters of this book before the major angles began, so I cared what happened to them.
I have shied away from novels that had teenaged main characters for the most part since I got bored with the repeat story lines. This one, I am very happy to say is different. More so than the usual high-school drama of boy and girl meet...fight...make up, this book has a main character with genuine concerns and a real problem.
This book has some romance, danger and excitement in it as well as being compelling, well-paced and interesting. If you enjoy books where you are never sure exactly what is going to happen next and the characters seem realistic and like someone you could reach out and touch, this is a great book to choose.
This review is based on a digital ARC from Netgalley and the the publisher.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this is an outstanding novel . The writer has developed a reputation as a thriller writer and it is very commendable when a writer decides to do something a littledifferent. Read morePublished 2 months ago by jkobi2011
I Bought a audible book and have been listening for 50 chapters and I think is is boring. She is suppose to be dieing but there nothing but her going to school and what a day is... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ginger
Honestly, I never made it through the book. Perhaps my taste in this type of fiction has changed. When someone suggested the book, I bought it. I didn't like the style of writing. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mary-ellen J. Deleon
Broken has a good concept, but it was quite flawed. Scarlet has a rare and untreatable heart condition, she thinks she will die literally of a broken heart. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Benish K @ Feminist Reflections
While I can appreciate that her real life niece inspired this story, it's not as good as her typical books. Read morePublished 17 months ago by muttmagnets
In the beautiful new paperback to novel originally released in 2013, Scarlet has just found out that she will die from a heart condition doctors tell her is untreatable. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Reviews Coming at YA
This is a good read but don't expect it to be like any of the other books she has written.Published 18 months ago by kylady
There's not enough descriptive words to tell you how wonderful this author is. I have read almost everything CJ had written and have not had one moment where I wasn't thoroughly... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer