Wednesday, February 22, 2017

REVIEW: "The Broken One" by Christine H. Bailey (Contemporary, Young Adult)

by Christine H. Bailey

Publisher: Christine H. Bailey
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Publication Date: April 5th 2016

Heavy subjects (grief, death, murder, depression), Introverted heroine, Finding Yourself
Description from Publisher:
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?
My Rating:
My Musings:
To start, I think it's important to note my expectations based on the blurb. I had pegged this as more of a coming-of-age, murder mystery with hints of romance. This starts with Farris going to her friend's house and finding out that her friend has died, presumably because she fell over a railing. Then, we fast-forward a year later and Farris is still dealing with all of her strong emotions from that tragedy, sort of beginning to come out of a fog (she focused on school and obsessed about her friend's apparent murder).

She gets a note from a mutual friend of the alleged murderer that sort of sets her off wanting answers again. The mutual friend is a guy she had previously almost dated. I assumed they would work together to solve the murder.

I was wrong. They sort of do, but there isn't really a mystery. And there isn't much romance either.

This story is mostly a coming-of-age, dealing-with-grief one. Farris has abandonment issues due to losing her mother as a toddler, her best friend, and having a workaholic dad, and she learns to deal with them, as well as potential depression, over the course of her story. I thought it was an interesting story and enjoyable, though I had to adjust my expectations about halfway through.

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author:
Christine H. Bailey teaches creative writing and written composition at a private university in west Tennessee. Before teaching English, Christine worked as a journalist, a marketing/public relations writer, and a freelance editor. To learn more about the author and her work, visit her website at
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1 comment:

Giselle said...

Thanks for being on the tour! :)