Sunday, July 28, 2013

Review-Breaking Glass by Lisa Amowitz

Breaking Glass
by Lisa Amowitz
Release Date: 07/09/13
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Summary from Goodreads:

On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, he's not sure whether they're real or if he's losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes he must discover the truth or become the next victim himself.

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My Review:
Creepy story full of twists that will leave you spinning.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that really creeped me out. In a good way of course. Breaking Glass is a chilling tale of unrequited love, dark secrets, power, and abuse in many forms. Every time I thought I had things figured out another twist was tossed at me to throw me off track. I loved every minute of it.

Meet Jeremy Glass: the forever sidekick, standing in the shadows of his perfect best friend. He’s also a closet alcoholic. He can hide secrets better than my four year old can hide candy. To his friends he’s the good guy, loyal to the bro code, the responsible one. But underneath it all he’s tormented by a horrific past, in love with his best friend’s girlfriend, and clings to his silver water bottle.

Talk about a complex character. There are so many layers to this guy it’s unreal. I love that the whole story unravels from his point of view. His raw emotions are hard to read at times, but so real. My heart broke for him and everything he lost.

The book begins with a terrible accident. It is the turning point in the lives of every character. For Jeremy is means losing just about everything: his running, his scholarship, and most importantly the love of his life (and his BFF’s girl) Susannah. Like Jeremy, we don’t know what happened to Susannah other than she vanished without a trace. But somehow, she leaves him clues to find her. Following the trail means uncovering the dark secrets of the town, some that are so devastating lives will be torn apart. But finding Susannah is all Jeremy can think about when the rest of the town barely mentions her name.

The cast of characters is full of some loathsome people, especially Patrick Morgan. You will hate him. Ryan is the guy everyone wants to be. You will question his intentions a lot. Susannah is a free spirit, but through Jeremy’s eyes you will want to strangle her for toying with his heart. Even Ryan’s dad is a bit shady at times, but I guess I should’ve given him a break due to the circumstances. There is a little brightness found in Marisa. She wants nothing more than to help Jeremy, even when he won’t help himself.

Overall I found this book enthralling. I couldn’t wait to discover the truth. It did keep me up for a night, and not just because I couldn’t put it down. It’s a bit eerie and every little creak in the dark kept me on edge. If you are looking for a suspenseful YA with lots of mystery you’ve found it in Breaking Glass. 

About the Author

Lisa has been a professor of Graphic Design at her beloved Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly seventeen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.

BREAKING GLASS which will be released in July, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series will be released in 2014, along with an unnamed sequel in the following year. LIFE AND BETH will also be released in the near future, along with graphic novel style art. 

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