23 November 2014

Broken and Screwed Review

Broken and Screwed #1
by Tijan

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What they say: Alexandra's older brother died the night he graduated. That day changed everything for her. No longer was she the party girl. No longer did she care about being popular and no longer was her family the happy unit she always thought existed. The only person who could help her heal is the same person who loved her brother as much as she did, his best friend. She only hopes to keep her entire heart from breaking when Jesse will move on, and she knows he will. 

After Ethan died, Jesse excelled at basketball, partying, and girls. He used it all to turn his emotions off, but the irony was that Alex was the only person who could do that for him. She helped him forget, but she was the one person he shouldn't be with because the secrets he knows could shatter everything. They could shatter her.

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What I say: Oh the angst!! I've never been more stressed reading a book, except perhaps Fallen Crest High, which is also by Tijan. Broken and Screwed is a difficult story to read at times. The focus is (Alexandra) Alex and Jesse. They are damaged and troubled individuals, who struggle to move on after being struck by tragedy.

Like all of Tijan's books the angst levels are off the charts. We get to seen a whole host of troubled teen emotions and reactions. Alex lost her older brother Ethan, whilst Jesse lost his best friend. Broken and Screwed looks at how they cope (or don't) with their loss.

I liked Alex but wanted her to stand up for herself more and actually face her issues. Her parents have basically ignored her since Ethan's death, her friends walk all over her (Marissa is ridiculous) and Jesse is horrible to her.

I did appreciate Jesse and the role he played in the story but for the most part I wanted to smack him! Yes he's suffering from grief and guilt BUT he uses Alex and makes her feel worse. In the sequel I hope that Jesse does a lot of grovelling and becomes worthy of her. I'd also like to see a fiercer and more determined Alex.

The book covers some pretty upsetting issues including grief, drink and drugs, teen sex, depression and abandonment so be prepared for the drama! 

3.5 - 4 Stars in my Sky!


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