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“Something wonderful happened to me as I read this—I fell in love. Genuine, shattering, deep, heart-pounding love. Thank you, Kami Garcia, for Peyton and Owen. We need their story.”
—Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe
Before, Peyton was a star soccer player with the perfect boyfriend, Reed. Now, she has a torn knee ligament, a scholarship on the line, and a shattered sense of self. No one believes Reed pushed her, causing her injury, and Peyton just wants to leave the trauma behind. Living with her uncle and twin cousins in their small, football-obsessed town seems like a great escape plan.
There, Peyton meets Owen—high school classmate and local MMA fighter. Though Owen is charming and gentle, Peyton is determined to repress her growing attraction. But when her old and new life collide, Peyton must reclaim the truth of her past in order to save her future.
Tess pulls into the hospital driveway and stops near the glass doors to the ER. She leaves the car running and hops out. “I’ll be right back.”
Once I’m alone, the panic hits me full-force. Some of the shock of Reed pushing me has worn off, and now all I can think about is my knee.
What if I can’t play soccer anymore? Permanent damage could keep me off the field—and end my career before it begins. Every once in a while you hear about a situation like this on the news. A high school athlete blows out a knee or an elbow during senior year, and it’s game over. What else will I do if soccer isn’t an option?
Nothing. I’ll do nothing.
Going pro has been my dream for as long as I remember. The folded acceptance letter is still tucked in my back pocket. I don’t have a plan B.
Tess returns with two nurses, and the three of them to help me out of the car and into a wheelchair. Inside, a nurse wheels me through a pair of double doors that lead to an examination area, where hospital beds are lined up along the walls and separated by privacy curtains. Once I’m settled in a hospital bed, Tess sits with me as the nurse takes down my personal information.
“Can you tell me where it hurts and describe the pain?” the nurse asks. “I’ve had some shooting pains, but there’s also a weird pulling feeling.
Is that bad?” I ask.
“I’m not a doctor, sweetheart. But don’t worry. This is an excellent hospital.” The nurse takes notes on a form attached to her clipboard. “How would you rate your pain, on a scale of one to ten? One being no pain and ten being unbearable pain.”
“If I don’t move my knee, it’s around a five. But if I bend it, the pain shoots up to an eight or nine.”
More like a ten.
I’m trying to be brave. A ten seems like a pain level of someone who survived a car crash, not a fall down the stairs. But if the nurse asked me to rate how scared I am right now, it’s a twelve.
“How did you hurt your knee?” the nurse asks.
If I say Reed pushed me intentionally, he might get arrested. If Tess weren’t in the picture, I would’ve called the police already.
But Mrs. Michaels can’t support herself and Tess on her own. She tried before and it didn’t go well. It seemed like every year they were moving into another crummy apartment. When Mrs. Michaels ran out of friends’ couches to crash on, Reed started working even more extra hours to help out.
“I fell down a flight of stairs,” I say.
“Did you hit your knee against anything?” She scribbles more notes on her clipboard.
“My kneecap hit the ground.”
“On the sidewalk,” Tess adds, wringing her hands.
The nurse finishes writing. “A doctor is going to come and take a look. Can I call someone for you?”
“I already talked to her mom,” Tess says. “She’s on her way.”
“I’ll be back to check on you in a few minutes.” The nurse pulls the privacy curtain around the bed, and Tess and I are alone again.
“Thanks for not saying anything,” she says.
“I know you don’t believe me, but I’m telling the truth.”
Tess presses the heels of her hands against her temples, like she’s fighting the worst headache of her life. “I don’t know what you want me to say. You’re my best friend. I want to believe you. But we’re talking about Reed. He’s my brother. He wouldn’t lie to me. And he loves you. He’d never hurt you.”
Until tonight I thought the same thing.
e-ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Trigger warnings: Drug abuse, physical abuse
Okay, Broken Beautiful Hearts is now officially my favorite Kami Garcia book.
I had a little trouble really getting into the story in the beginning (but that tends to happen to me with most books), but after a few chapters I was so captivated by Peyton’s story that I could not put it down. Once I even unintentionally stayed up until 3am! I absolutely adored Peyton’s strength and resilience throughout the entire ordeal. No matter what, Peyton stuck to her principles and her resolve did not waver one bit. She was very independent and stubborn which made her feel more genuine to me. Hands down, she was my favorite throughout the entire novel. Her twin cousins were annoyingly endearing with how overprotective they were towards her, and made me wish they were my cousins.
In the beginning, it seemed as if Reed was like the typical YA “Bad Boy” type of character that I usually swoon over, but as the story progressed he became worse and worse – his feelings for Peyton morphing into a dangerous obsession. I became increasingly worried for her because Reed was becoming more and more unpredictable. Thankfully, Peyton had some great people who genuinely cared for her, believed in her, and wanted to keep her safe. Owen becomes one of those people – one of the most important ones, actually – and I absolutely loved him. The perfect foil to Peyton’s ex-boyfriend, Reed, Owan was also an MMA fighter but had the qualities Reed severely lacked. He was so swoon-worthy – sweet, charming, smart, and selfless (sometimes a little too much). I really liked Peyton and Owen’s dynamic, they complemented each other really well. Be warned, however, there is one sex scene, but I thought it was written really well and didn’t feel cheesy or too perfect.
I adore Kami’s writing when she does contemporaries. She knows exactly how to write interesting and in-depth characters that feel real, and weave them into a plot that will have you captivated from the start. Discovering that the premise of this story is based off Kami’s own experience was shocking but made me understand why it felt so raw and emotional. I felt so sympathetic and protective over Peyton after everyone she knew – and even people she didn’t – turned their backs on her.
I also applaud Kami for addressing the issue of drug abuse because it is not something I see often in YA. Probably the only criticism I have for this book is the use of the typical popular mean girls troupe. There never really was an explanation for their attitudes and why they’re the way they are, so these girls felt very hallow and stereotypical and were just there to cause drama.
Overall, I loved, loved, loved Broken Beautiful Hearts and cannot recommend it enough! Although the main plot can be predictable at times, there are definitely a lot of twists and turns that catch you by surprise, and honestly had me at the edge of my seat!
About Kami Garcia:
Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times, USA Today & international bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures novels. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES has been published in 50 countries and translated in 39 languages, and the film Beautiful Creatures released in theaters in 2013, from Warner Brothers. Kami’s solo series, The Legion, includes the instant New York Times bestseller UNBREAKABLE, and the sequel UNMARKED, both of which were nominated for Bram Stoker Awards. Her other works include THE X-FILES ORIGINS: AGENT OF CHAOS and the YA contemporary novels THE LOVELY RECKLESS and the forthcoming BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS (February 2018).
Kami was a teacher for seventeen years before co-authoring her first novel on a dare from seven of her students. If she isn’t busy watching Supernatural, Kami can teach you how to escape from a pair of handcuffs or bake a Coca-Cola cake. She lives in Maryland with her family, and their dogs Spike and Oz (named after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer).
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