Review: The Broken Girl by Gracie Wilson
ABOUT THE BOOK: What if one day you woke up and found your heart had been shattered? You lost the one person you loved more than anything. What happens when you learn to move on even though you thought you’d never be able to again? Is it worth the risk to try and let someone in? Is it better to be left alone then take the chance of more heartache? This time will be different. Becca slowly starts to put the shattered pieces of her heart back together only to have it broken again by someone she trusted. Can her heart that was barely healed in the first place be fixed, again? Becca falls for someone new, but will her heart be safe. Will she survive the secrets that come out from the past? Love is worth the risk. Can she really believe that? The question is: is he worth the risk?
REVIEW: Gracie Wilson is a wonderful YA author and continually enjoy her work. I have already completed my review of The Lonely Girl and now I am completing an honest review for the second book in this series called The Broken Girl. This story continues with Becca’s two best friends in the hospital after the car accident and brutal attack caused by her ex-boyfriend, Dillon. While both are on the road to recovery, Becca does a lot of thinking about what she wants from her lifeB. She knows that she loves art and wants to pursue a career that falls outside of Lakehead; however, she doesn’t know how to tell her family and friends about the desire to move. When Keegan and Jake wake up, her confusion comes back and she feels helpless all over again. Her drama also comes back to the surface when Sarah tries to make it her personal challenge to sabotage Becca’s life out of jealousy and hatred. Will Sarah’s attempts thwart Becca’s happiness and leave her even more broken then before?
Charlotte and Drake are my favorite characters in this story. Both are hopelessly in love with each other and they have both adapted to protecting those that they call family. When Becca becomes lost, she feels that she can’t trust the people who have always been there for her, so she runs to Charlotte and Drake. The relationship that they share is fascinating! Becca’s drama is a little immature even though she went through numerous hardships and tragedy. I am not big on drama; therefore, her emotions were too sporadic for me to enjoy and sympathize with her character as much as I would have liked to. Keegan and Jake both have their pros and cons; however, I do still like the prospect of Jake being Becca’s boyfriend more than Keegan. Alec, Becca’s brother, has been much more stable and reliable in this story than in The Lonely Girl so I did enjoy reading about his character’s development. Sarah also had too much drama but she was vindictive and it shows well with her personality and mannerisms.
I would recommend The Broken Girl to young adults who have already read The Lonely Girl. In my opinion, this is not a standalone and should be read in sequential order. I give this story a four star review since it was very fast paced and dramatic, but the contents and plot are creative, descriptive and well thought out. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Look for her in the trees enjoying nature’s wonders, traveling to see the latest animal conservations, or at aquariums all around the world. This girl loves nature and all animals. She has many pets and is always adding new additions. The more the merrier in her mind. Sitting under the shade reading a book, letting the world around her pass by, while she is safe in her bubble of imagination. Well, that is where she’d love to stay. She is a softball player, can be talked into the occasional Karaoke and loves going out to dance. She is a first generation Canadian living in Ontario. Her family is from Scotland, so finding her in the hot sun for very long is unlikely, but give her rain and thunderstorms and she’s golden.