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THE BROKEN ONE by Christine H. Bailey


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It will become available for purchase on April 30, 2016.

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Vinspire Publishing, via NetGalley for an honest review.

Genre: Fiction/Young Adult

Plot: Sixteen-year-old Farris is picking up the pieces after the untimely death of her best friend. But even one year later, she can’t seem to find “normal” again—not until Lane Evans pops back into her life and pushes her to face reality.

When he offers her the chance to find the truth, Farris fears what will surface. Is it too much too soon or just what she needs to move forward?

Opinion: WHAT a book description we have up there, am I right? So. Descriptive.

From this book description above, I came to the obvious conclusion that this book was going to be about a boy helping a girl find out what really happened to her friend. That’s a pretty fair assumption given the “When he offers her the chance to find the truth…”, right? WRONGO. This is not as much a murder/mystery, as it is a about a young girl finding acceptance in the face of loss and confusion.

One year after the death of her best friend, Farris still cannot come to terms with the death of her best friend Kelsey. With the police ruling Kelsey’s death as a homicide, and Kelsey’s former boyfriend Garrett being thrown into prison; Farris’ only question is why? After a year of isolating herself from her friends, and everyone else for that matter, Farris is finally forced into having to come to terms with her loss. As Lane Evans, her crush before everything changed, comes back into her life with a letter from Garrett, she finally gets a chance to figure out what really happened to her best friend. But soon Farris realizes that sometimes answers are never truly enough, and that she only needs to learn how to let go.

So, as I said above, this is not a “search for who-done-it” story. I came into this book assuming that it was, so naturally I was a little surprised at the ending when I realized it OBVIOUSLY was not. This story perfectly captures the essence of a character that has been so emotionally distraught by tragedy, that she starts to obsess over the death of her best friend. She soon makes herself an outcast and the “weird girl” around her peers due to the fact that she will not let Kelsey’s death go. I feel like the author did a good job with the character of Farris. She has a beautiful and inspiring mind, and wonderful traits that slowly start to become known as you read. I think she is very relatable, but I do wish she was bit more spunky and stood up for herself in regards to her peers.

Her relationship with Lane Evans is the epitome of innocence. They have an obvious inkling towards each other, but past events has resorted in Farris putting distanced between them. Now with Lane Evans moving on to someone else, his sadness of the situation starts to really dawn on Farris throughout the story as she tries to work things through. I honestly wish this story had turned out to be a mystery or a hunt to find the real killer. At the end of this story, the reader is still left with questions and an unsure answer of what actually took place. In one way, I can understand how this mimics real life events; in which nobody ever really knows the truth in certain situations. However, I think the story would have been THAT much better if there was a little more to it. In the end, it’s an enjoyable read but nothing too memorable in my opinion.

3 Stars