Monday, July 8, 2013

Book Review: Breaking Glass by: Lisa Amowitz

Release Date: July 9, 2013
from Spencer Hill Press
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 Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, he's not sure whether they're real or if he's losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes he must discover the truth or become the next victim himself."


My Thoughts:

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this book. I didn’t hate it, but I can’t say that I loved it. The story was very confusing, and I mean this in a good way. The story kept me guessing and there were numerous twists. It mixes mystery and paranormal and really messes with your head.

Jeremy is not your normal hero. He is a bit awkward and after the accident he is not the same person he once was. He is hurt and angsty and a bit damaged and he is determined to find out what happened to Susannah, his longtime crush. Despite all the crazy going on in his life, he refuses to give up on her. He wants answers and will do anything to get them, no matter how crazy it makes him seem.

Susannah, the crux of all our issues, was a tough one for me. I think she was my biggest issue with the story. See I didn’t really like her. We get to meet Susannah through flashbacks and I can’t say I liked what I saw. So when Jeremy was trying to solve her disappearance, it was hard for me to understand his drive. I didn’t see what he loved about her, so it was hard for me to be invested in her mystery.

While I may not have been able to see what was driving Jeremy, I was still curious about the mystery. There were so many different ways to story could go and it was very hard to pinpoint it. There were a bunch of twists I never saw coming and I was honestly shocked on numerous occasions. I never saw the ending coming.

The other thing about the story that kind of bugged me was the adults. Not one adult was competent. Every single adult was either clueless, useless, crazy, blind, or ya know- evil. I understand that by doing this it makes it easier for the teens to run around solving murders, but it bothers me. This is a personal thing and I know there are readers out there who this will not bother.

All in all, Breaking Glass is a read that will keep you guessing from beginning to end. It blends mystery with paranormal in a way that makes for a really engaging read.


10 comments:

  1. Great review!! I was curious about this one, though I'm not sure I'll pick it up. The mystery part of the book does sound very intriguing, though this Susannah character sounds annoying!

    Magen Corrie

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  2. It seems like an interesting story nonetheless. Good review.

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  3. I loved this book. It was certainly thought provoking and totally different. The mystery/paranormal/psychological thriller mix was done very well. I loved how Jeremy was portrayed as this already kind of broken kid who just gets more broken. And how Suzannah is his obsession, despite how she might come off to the reader. I can see how the parent/adult thing might kind of get to someone, although I think this is how most YA books are written, allowing for the teens to basically take control of the story. I read so much YA, I think I've just come to accept that this is how it must be.

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    1. I I really enjoyed the mystery and paranormal aspect but Susannah bothered me. I read predominately YA as well so I understand that sometimes the adults have to step back and let the teens run things but usually there is at least one adult the teens can rely on or go to when things get really bad, but that didnt happen here..

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  4. This does seem like an interesting story. I'm glad you liked it overall. I agree with you on the stupid adults issue. When it's every single one, it's too much.

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  5. It kept me guessing with the mystery as well. Thanks for honest review, sorry you were kinda meh

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  6. Been wondering about this one. I have it sitting here waiting for me to get to it. Do you think they put stupid adults in there to make the plot work? That annoys me. Thanks for honest review.

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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    1. Yeah I kinda think that was part of the reason. By the adults being pretty much absent it made a lot of what happened in the story possible.

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  7. Oh no! I was really hoping to like this book, but I'm def not in the mood for a confusing one that messes w/your head & where the MC isn't likable. Sigh. Here's hoping I can get thru it bc I need to review it, lol. Great review!

    Vi
    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

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    1. I seem to be the odd one out here. Most others seem to love it. So I hope you enjoy it more than I did :)

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