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Half Dead & Fully Broken Paperback – January 19, 2015
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Carter Colby is the most unpopular teen at Jefferson High. This would be easier to deal with if his identical twin brother, Marcus, weren’t the hottest, most popular boy in school.
When Marcus is killed in a motorcycle accident, Carter discovers the one thing more painful than trying to compete with Mr. Wonderful: wearing his dead brother’s face. He felt invisible before the accident, but with Marcus dead, everybody turns away from him in mourning. How can he blame them? He can’t bear to look in the mirror.
Things get a lot more complicated and weirder when Carter sees the ghost of Marcus. Marcus wants to use Carter's body to try and communicate with his girlfriend Mel and Justin, the boy who hit the motorbike with is truck. At first Carter questions the motivation for Marcus "using his body" The only thing Marcus wants to do is fix the broken people, Carter, Mel and Justin.
I thought this was an interesting paranormal book. It was full of suspense, you had many questions about the character motivations. The character of Justin broke my heart. His grief was genuine. I was glad that Carter tried to get Justin to forgive himself. This book has great focus on issues like grief and guilt. Also forgiveness.
*** I was given a copy of this book free in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own and given on my own free will***
You know how in basically everything with a set of twins nowadays, one of the twins isn't going to make it out? That's basically this book, except in this book, we get to see the aftermath of losing a twin, of losing someone so close to you they're basically your other half, with a dash of magical realism/paranormal-y stuff thrown in there.
That alone is enough to be interesting, but add in a friendship with the dude that <i> killed </i> the twin and the twin's girlfriend, and things get really fun.
I really enjoyed this book. Maybe not as much as the other book by Craig that I've read, but it was still a lot of fun. The sense of grief really came through in Carter's POV as he mourns the death of his brother and tries to deal with the aftermath, and I really appreciated just how <i> well done </i> it was.
Carter in and of himself was a fun character to read from the point of view from. He wasn't Mr. Perfect - in fact, he was one of the more unpopular kids in school, and also he's kind of a jerk. He's a little bit mean to his younger sister (who is awesome in her own right, I really liked her and the fact that she watched shows from my childhood in a book published in 2015, which... maybe dated it a bit, but I actually really like books that are 'dated' because it gives you a sense of culture and time and how things are going and ANYWAY), and he can't always be completely patient with everyone. And that made him <i> real. </i>
Our other two major characters, Mel and Justin, also have their quirks and their problems and their realities. Mel felt maybe a little flat for me, but Justin kept showing more and more layers that I really enjoyed, even if these layers really didn't ever make me think of him as a bully - we never got to see him acting as a bully, so the casual mentioning that he was one kind of threw me off, but they were fine, overall.
The writing worked for me, and it worked for this story. There's a sort of paranormal/magical realism aspect that I thought was explored really interestingly, and the foreshadowing in terms of that was done well, even if the thing that was foreshadowing felt a little... melodramatic? It didn't feel as real as it could have, maybe is what I'm trying to say.
Overall, this is a good one. The protagonist is a real, flawed human, and that's really my favorite thing about it- how real Carter and his grief feel. And how that paranormal aspect sort of makes for some slightly amusing moments - that was a fun time, too.
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