Boy Shattered by Eli Easton (standalone)
Themes & Genres: LGBT Literature, Contemporary Romance, trauma
WARNING: Mature Content
You’ll make it out of here, Brian. I swear.
I had everything. I was school quarterback, popular with girls, and my dad was proud of me. I told myself it didn’t matter no one knew the real me. And then I nearly died. Landon saved my life. He’s the bravest guy I know. He came out a few years ago, proud and fierce, and he ran into gunfire to help others. Me, I’m a mess. Can’t even stand to be in a room with the curtains open. But here’s the thing about losing it all: You get a chance to start over and be someone new, someone true. Only how can I move on when the two shooters who attacked our school were never caught? And why do I feel like I’m still in the crosshairs?
Will you kiss me?
When I came across Brian Marshall, the hottest guy in school, dying on the cafeteria floor, I did what anyone would do. I tried to save him. His request surprised me, but I figured he needed comfort, so I kissed him on the forehead. When he survived and came back to school, he was broken in body and mind. He still needed me, and soon we were unlikely besties. But what I witnessed that day woke me up. I want to demand action on gun control, lead protests, raise my fist. I’ll tear the world down if I have to. And if I can get the boy of my dreams and save the world at the same time? I’ll take it. Only I didn’t understand that the horror at Jefferson Waller High wasn’t over.
What I think of the book:
When I signed up for an ARC of this book, I did so because, after reading the blurb, I thought it had potential.
I had no idea what I was in for.
Formatting aside (again, I got an ARC so this shouldn’t be an issue with the copies sold in stores), I can’t really find anything to complain about and I just didn’t want this book to end.
The story is much more thought out than I expected it to be and I like the main characters. What really gripped me though, was the way the book is written.
Boy Shattered deals with some really, really heavy themes and the author managed to make me experience everything as if I was a part of it, which, given what’s happening in the novel, can take a toll on the readers. However, as a person who’s recently lost someone – even though it had nothing to do with violence – it was strangely comforting to read how others are trying to deal with that experience.
As for the romance: I think it was pretty well handled. With all that’s gone down, the characters are in a very delicate situation, so they can’t just rush into it. If you are looking for smooches from the start, this isn’t the book for you, but if you want a relationship that develops gradually, you’ve got one here.
Who would I recommend this book to? I’d recommend Boy Shattered to people who are in search of a novel they can commit to, instead of using it as a quick and easy escape from reality.
My rating: (5/5 glass shards)
Would I re-read this book? Yes.
Am I interested in other books by this author? Yes.
Where can you buy the book?
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