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Kiss of Broken Glass

Posted by Amanda on September 9, 2014

Kiss of Broken Glass Title: Kiss of Broken Glass
Author: Madeleine Kuderick
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Release Date: Sept. 2014
Pages: 224
Place on Hold 

Synopsis: When Kenna is found cutting herself in the school bathroom she is sent to a facility for a seventy two hour psychiatric hold. While there she meets some new friends and realizes she is addicted to self harm.

I liked this book. I fell in love with the story from the beginning and I wanted more at the end. Kenna and the people she meets during her seventy two hour hold were amazing and funny. I commend the author for being able to create such believable characters in a short book.

One of my favorite things was that the author didn’t just do the typical story about a girl who cuts, which is usually a very pretty girl who has a lot of problems in her life and she uses cutting to help relieve emotional pain and she manages to heal her self through out the course of the book , usually with the help of a boy blah blah blah. This story was completely different. Kenna was pretty normal, she didn’t really use cutting as a release for something else, it was the actual act of cutting that she enjoyed. She didn’t start cutting because of some big emotional trama, it was peer pressure from girls at school. She used it as a way to fit in the way someone might smoke or drink to seem ” cool”. It was a very different and interesting take on a story told many times before.

The only thing I didn’t like about the book was Kenna’s brief relationship/ encounter/ crush on Jag. I felt that it wasn’t needed and it just cluttered the story.

All in all this was a good book, I just really wanted more. More of the characters, more of the story, more of Kenna’s friends and her recovery. All of it. I feel like this book would have knocked my socks off had it gone beyond the seventy two hour hold.

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