Monday, January 21, 2013

Book Review: Flawed by: Kate Avelynn

Release Date: January 22, 2012 from Entangled
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

"Sarah O’Brien is alive because of the pact she and her brother made twelve years ago — James will protect her from their violent father if she promises to never leave him. For years, she’s watched James destroy his life to save hers. If all he asks for in return is her affection, she’ll give it freely.

Until, with a tiny kiss and a broken mind, he asks for more than she can give.

Sam Donavon has been James’ best friend — and the boy Sarah’s had a crush on — for as long as she can remember. As their forbidden relationship deepens, Sarah knows she’s in trouble. Quiet, serious Sam has decided he’s going to save her. Neither of them realizes James is far more unstable than her father ever was, or that he’s not about to let Sarah forget her half of the pact . . ."

My Thoughts:

This is probably the hardest review I have ever had to write, and sitting down to do this has brought tears to my eyes once again. I have lost count of the amount of times I have cried over this book now. There are really no words I can use to truly describe my feelings at the end of Flawed. Flawed pretty much destroyed me and turned me into an emotional wreck. This is not a happy book and the situations are not easy to read, but at the same time I feel like this book needs to be read.

Flawed is a beautifully told story about broken lives. Two teens who have grown up in an abusive household and have clung to each other because of this. Their relationship is not normal and you cannot expect it to be normal under these circumstances. It is easy to understand how these two would come to rely on each other so heavily and it is hard to fault them for it. While as a reader on the outside it is easy to see what choices the characters should make, it is also easy to understand how these broken people end up making the choices they do. These characters cannot be expected to act in a way that we may deem normal because nothing about their life has ever been normal. 

Flawed is not an easy read. It is painful and heartbreaking and uncomfortable at times. However, this is how you should feel while reading this book. It is not a lighthearted book, or a gripping romance, or a book you read when you need a pick me up. No, Flawed is the kind of book you read when you want something truly meaningful and something that will really make you feel. Something that brings heartache and pain, but in the midst of it all there is still some happiness and some hope. Like I said, it is not easy but it is so worth it.

Despite all the pain and heartache in Flawed, there is still a truly sweet romance. In the middle of all the pain, the romance will make you smile. It is young love with all the drama and insecurities that entails, but amplified because of years of pain and abuse. It is the kind of love you will root for from the very beginning. It is also the kind of love that looks past imperfections and obstacles and strives to fully blossom. It really is beautiful to put it simply. 

This is a book that has the ability to truly make you stop and think. I had a very hard time processing everything once I finished reading. I was an emotional disaster and I really didn’t know what I was feeling when I closed the book. Devastated? Hopeful? Honestly, I’m still not sure. All I know is that this book made a lasting impression on me and I will not forget this book any time soon. This is a book that will stay with you and the kind of book you use as a standard to compare other books to. It may not be happy and it may not be easy, but it needs to be read.


  1. I've been wanting to read this for such a long time, Teresa! I adore authors that constantly push the boundaries of what we are comfortable with!
    Think I'll swing by Amazon and pick me up a copy right now!
    I'm really glad you enjoyed it! Wait, is that the right? "I'm glad this book made you cry" seems kind of an odd thing to say to someone, but there it is! ;)
    Awesome review, gorgeous girl!

    1. Ahhh you have to let me know what you think of it! Cause it will destroy me... in a good way of course

  2. I love this review! You did a fabulous job putting your feelings about this heartbreaking story into words! As you already know, I just finished this, and I still can't form a coherent thought. I think I'll just go cry some more. Thank you for letting me know about Flawed and convincing me to read it. Beautiful review!

  3. I completely agree w/every word of your review. Such a difficult and thoughtful story. It's truly unforgettable.

    Beautiful review, Teresa!

  4. I honestly don't know what to say about this....I know I want to rush to a bookstore and pick it up and read it but at the same time I don't want to read it. I'm the kind of person who cries over all the gooey, sappy stuff so I know I'm going to cry over this heartbreak. But, wow, what a beautiful story. I haven't read it yet but from the sounds of it, I am going to love it. I am really looking forward to picking this up!

    Touching and just superfantabulous review, Teresa! :)

    ~ Maida

  5. Oh man, wasn't that ending just a dagger to your heart?!?! I swear, I've never been so emotionally drained from a book, in a totally good way, ever! I loved this one so hard and passionately, it's not even funny! I still think of this book from time to time and get all emotional about it! Great review hun!!

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    1. It ripped my heart out! Literally! I couldnt stop thinking about the book for days

  6. Great review! I definitely plan on reading this book soon but I have heard from so many people that they have cried so I'm nervous. I love books that can make me a emotional mess but I'm always scared about starting them.

  7. Great review. You couldn't have said it any better. This book ripped my heart out. I still haven't recovered from it, but I wouldn't have missed it for the world. It was painfully wonderful.

  8. This really was a difficult one to read. I hated the ending though! Can't believe the author did that to poor sarah! Has she not been through enough?!


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