- File Size: 352 KB
- Print Length: 125 pages
- Publisher: McQ, Inc. (January 31, 2011)
- Publication Date: January 31, 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001F79MXI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#2,216,304 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #818 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Social & Family Issues > Self-Esteem
- #1713 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Social & Family Issues > Being a Teen
- #2341 in Books > Teens > Literature & Fiction > Social & Family Issues > Self Esteem & Reliance
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Top customer reviews
James has created a very (slightly scarily so) real character in Maggie. She embodied so much of what I remember about being that age, in all it's positivity, but also very much all the negativity. I drew some immensely strong connections between my own teen years and the emotional turmoil that Maggie went through.
The extremely relevant plot for today's youth was well constructed and brilliantly pulled off. I would strongly recommend this book for all young women (years 14 and up!) it may have some hard hitting themes, but I felt it was handled in a way that highlights the dangers, without glorifying them.
The strong emphasis on family in Broken Mirror Girl was a beautiful touch that helped to complete this incredible tale!
I honestly can not say enough about this story to encourage you to buy it. Read it! Share it! I wish I had read it earlier!
Thank you so much James for your brilliant story!
Here's the spoiler: Maggie, the books protagonist, has a family history of schizophrenia. I call this a spoiler because knowing this before you read it will completely change your opinion of what is going on in the first half of the book. I still can't decide whether I would have enjoyed the book more had I known this upfront, or if the surprise of it enhanced the book. Currently, I'm leaning toward wishing I had know this upfront. Here's why:
I had a hard time relating to Maggie at the beginning. She was supposed to be the tall, awkward, social outcast that we typically relate to pretty well. But I never felt that I had enough character development to understand her. As the story progressed, I found myself outraged by the severity of medical intervention for such a seemingly minor "problem" as seeing her deceased grandma in the mirror. Had I know of the possibility of schizophrenia from the beginning, I think I would have better understood what was going on.
At the same time, I liked the shock of finding out at the same time Maggie did. It was as if we shared the breakthrough of understanding her narrative together.
Once Maggie (and I) understood why she was receiving the medical attention she was getting, it made it easier to accept a misdiagnoses and want something different for her. It made accepting the subsequent events more natural. Because, hey, it was better than being an actual schizophrenic.
This book walks the line between reality, medical manipulation, and the super-natural, and does it in a way that all of them feel like reality. This is not a ghost story. This is not a book about the paranormal. This is the story of a potentially very real girl who's biological make up just might allow her to communicate with what lies beyond our understanding.
Broken Mirror Girl is written from the first-person perspective of a socially awkward teen girl. Character and plot development are seen through the eyes of this shy and confused girl. Her unique ability is not going to save her or the world. In fact, her ability is something to be suppressed rather than enhanced. This is a story of making new friends and finally developing real relationships with those you've known for years.
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