Author: C.J. Lyons
Published: November 5th, 2013
Source: E-Galley from Netgalley
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
New York Times bestselling author CJ Lyons makes her YA debut with a fast-paced thriller sure to keep readers guessing to the very last page
The only thing fifteen-year-old Scarlet Killian has ever wanted is a chance at a normal life. Diagnosed with a rare and untreatable heart condition, she has never taken the school bus. Or giggled with friends during lunch. Or spied on a crush out of the corner of her eye. So when her parents offer her three days to prove she can survive high school, Scarlet knows her time is now... or never. Scarlet can feel her heart beating out of control with every slammed locker and every sideways glance in the hallway. But this high school is far from normal. And finding out the truth might just kill Scarlet before her heart does.
I was really looking forward to reading this one, I was in the mood for a thriller and I was hoping that this one would fit the bill but, unfortunately it didn’t. Honestly, this book was not a thriller until the end, I didn’t reread the summary before I started reading so I didn’t have much of an idea of what it was going to be about but, I expected more excitement. It felt like the book was stagnant until the end. I may just be slow when it comes to figuring out what was going to happen and thats why I felt it was slow but, it was just a bit disappointing me.
Scarlet is finally getting the chance to live a normal life, go to high school something she has only dreamed about from her hospital bed. Scarlet has a heart condition called Long QT, and she has one week to prove to her parents that going to high school won’t affect her heart. Anytime her heart beats fast or anything changes the rhythm she can have a miss that will cause her heart to stop beating. Being in high school is everything Scarlet ever wanted, she has friends and school projects, which lead her to truths she never thought would matter.
Scarlet was just so happy to be living a normal life, her mom is the school nurse and she hovers over Scarlet throughout the entire book and it seemed overkill but, I understood it at the same time. I definitely kept getting some weird vibes from her mom but, I didn’t think much of it because we all know that loving your child and wanting them safe is something that everyone wants. Throughout the book Scarlet did get a little boring. Hearing about how new and amazing having a normal life gets old after a while.
Overall, Broken wasn’t what I was hoping it would be but, it felt like a sleeper until the end where the book took a turn that really surprised me and reenergized me into reading the book, I just wish it would have done it sooner and I might have enjoyed it more!