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Cracked Hardcover – January 3, 2012
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--James Howe, bestselling author of THE MISFITS
"Readers who enjoy stories of dysfunction, personal growth, and redemption will love this book."
— VOYA, February 2012
"[Bull's and Victor's] stories offer a strong message of hope to the bullied and abused."
--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, April 2012
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The most amazing thing with this book to me was that I didn't connect with the character I thought I would. It's a book about bullying, so I thought I'd connect with Victor more than Bull. Boy was I wrong. From almost the first time we met Bull he's the one my heart went out to. K.M. Walton did such a fantastic job at showing the other side of bullying. She demonstrated the behind-the-scenes of a bully.
When it came to Bull I wanted to reach out and hug him and never let go. Because I want you to read this book I'm not going to tell you much about what happens with Bull at home or once he gets to the hospital. I will tell you that things are both expected and unexpected in good ways.
Another aspect of this book that I loved was the realism to the story. So many times in fiction with a story like this the acceptance and turn around is quick. Really quick. We all want a happy or hopeful ending, and you'll get that in this book. But you won't read about how in the first day of being in the psych hospital that these two boys reconcile and become best friends. In fact, as I read I wondered if they would ever reconcile. K.M. Walton definitely took the truthful, not so pretty, approach to playing out the story and I love that.
In the end these boys find the love they were looking for.Read more ›
This book was incredible.
First, the writing style. I loved K. M. Walton's voice in these two boys. I felt for them (even Bull), and whenever something horrible would happen (something like abuse), it really pulled at my heart. I loved that this story was about bullying and basically trying to overcome a bully, and I appreciate K. M. for crafting the story like she did.
Next, the characters. Like I said before, Victor and Bull made me feel sad and happy. I felt bad for Victor right from the get-go, and I finally came to understand Bull's mean ways. And the way that K. M. put them in the situations they got into really made me breathless. She's a very talented writer!
Then, there's just the actual story. I hate bullying, and when Bull would do something to Victor, I wanted to jump into the pages of Cracked and force Bull to stop being a horrible and wicked person. This book kept me up all night, and I finished it in just a day. This book was such a great book.
One more thing before I wrap this all up: the pacing. K. M. Walton paced this novel perfectly, and I always wanted to keep reading the story just to find out what exactly would happen. The story and characters always intrigued me, and I loved this story! And... it had short chapters! I love short chapters in a book. I have no idea why, but I do!
Overall, I highly recommend you go get this novel!
My main issue I had with Cracked was that from the description, I really thought that both Victor and Bull were going to bond. I thought that they were going to spill their hearts out to each other, but that did not happen. Bull didn't even talk about his life with the other teenagers in group therapy, and I was really hoping that he would.
The ending was very moving and filled with hope. Overall, I really enjoyed Cracked. It was a very quick read which flowed nicely.
One Word: Cheesy
William aka "Bull" and the victim of his torment, Victor, end up roommates in a psych ward after suicide attempts. One rich, the other poor. One the victim of physical abuse, the other the victim of emotional abuse and neglect. They're committed for five days with other troubled teens and must learn to support themselves and each other.
Five days inpatient psychiatric treatment after a suicide attempt can barely scratch the surface, but most insurances won't pay for more than that, some cover fewer days. Gone is the era where patients had the "luxury" of thirty days or more to stabilize before integrating back into their families. Aside from length of stay being accurate, the atmosphere and rapid pace of recovery felt too sunny and optimistic. Granted, some patients can make great strides, but before being released, after plans for continued treatment would be in place. In the case of suicide attempts in minors, some states have mandated reporting to child welfare. Hospital workers are mandated reporters, and Bull's should have been reported in every state. Psychiatric hospitals also wouldn't allow kissing and other romantic touch. I don't like when writers make love as a cure for mental illness.
Victor and Bull alternated narrating chapters, but their voices were written exactly the same. KM Walton has an enjoyable, easy paced writing style. I love that she told the stories of the boys having parallel stories of extremely difficult home lives. I wish she had given the parents some redeeming qualities. I'm much more likely to buy characters who are not 100% terrible. I prefer Walton's EMPTY, about an overweight, bullied girl.
THEMES: family, parents, substance abuse, mental illness, suicide, depression, verbal abuse, physical abuse, recovery
CRACKED is a subpar venture into bullying and suicide attempts.
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I actually found this book at the thrift store, glanced over the back cover to see what it was about, and purchased it thinking I would have my 8th grader read it that fall for his... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tim P
I was, when I first started reading this, struggling with major suicidal thoughts and ideation and it help the thoughts go awayPublished 8 months ago by Kailey Hein
This was a gift for my daughter who just graduated college and secured a teaching position at the middle school level. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Terry Marra
This book is great, but way below my reading level. This is at least 6th grade level, but that's my fault for assuming otherwisePublished 15 months ago by Victor