25 July 2017

One Broken Day - Blog Tour

One Broken Day
Melissa MacVicar

Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: May 18th 2017

After a notorious school shooting leaves her a shadow of the girl she once was, seventeen-year-old Lizzie Beringer moves to Nantucket Island. There, Lizzie vows to hide her identity as the shooter’s sister. All her efforts to fly under the radar, however, are complicated by her P.T.S.D. and the attention she receives from two competing boys. While fending off the not-so-subtle advances of popular athlete Michael Wickersham, she must also deal with her growing feelings for her shy lab partner Gage Pike. Gage may act like he’s all wrong for her, but the pull between them is undeniable. 

Under the threat of discovery and the possibility of testifying in a televised trial, Lizzie fights to keep her secrets and start her life over.

One Broken Day is a brilliantly imagined story exploring the ways we are all broken and at the same time, offered redemption in the most unexpected of places.

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What I say: As you can probably tell from the blurb One Broken Day is a young adult book which focuses on some pretty dark topics as well as what happens to the survivors of  these dark events.

Lainey aka Lizzie and her mother assumed new identities and moved across the country to make a fresh start after her brother broke their hearts and ruined their lives by committing a school shooting.

Lainey is desperate to move on but doesn't know how to get past what happened. She suffers from PTSD as well as survivors guilt. I cannot even begin to imagine how anyone could ever cope with such a horrific ordeal, let alone having witnessed the attack firsthand.

We also get to meet Gage who is dealing with his own share of problems, albeit different from Lainey's... I liked Gage and felt he was a great support for Lainey.

I felt the shooting was handled with care and consideration but never shies away from dealing with the consequences. We even get an insight into the legal complications and what happens to the family of a killer.

I did initially want more information about Thomas and why he carries out the shooting, but when I really thought about things it became clearer that the focus isn't on Thomas. It's about how Lainey copes with the situation and how she looks within herself to see why things happened the way they did. Lainey is plagued by what ifs and struggles with her feelings towards him. 

One Broken Day is dramatic, upsetting and emotionally volatile but I loved the lighter moments and wanted Lainey, Gage and the gang to live normal, happy teenage lives away from violence and mistakes.

4 Stars in my Sky!

Author Spotlight:

Melissa was born and mostly raised on Nantucket Island, and she currently lives there with her husband and two teenage children. When not being a wife and mother and teaching writing to seventh graders, she enjoys binge watching shows like Big Little Lies, House of Cards, and Outlander. Despite the rumors to the contrary, she does not actually wish she was a teenager again, nor does she see ghosts like the main character in her first novel, Ever Near. She does, however, love to hear from readers so send her a message on social media or at her email: melissa.macvicar@gmail.com


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