Here’s my review of Broken. Heed the trigger warnings. This isn’t a fluffy read. However, it’s also one of the best books I’ve ever read–hands down.
I have several quotes bookmarked, but this one is perhaps my favorite.
“I live my life balancing on a set of scales, the slightest weight tipping me into darkness. The problem is each time that happens, they never quite rebalance.”
Sometimes, a book comes along when you need it, and Broken was that book for me. I picked this one at random when I needed something to get me through a rough time, and it was exactly what I needed when I needed it. It has been a long, long time since a book made me cry, and Broken brought tears to my eyes more than once. It was a difficult read–because I could relate so much to James, and because it was unsettling and heart-wrenching to see what mental illness looks like from the outside. This was a beautifully written story.
The characters were imperfect. They fought their own demons in their own ways. The dialogue was witty at times and touching at others; the dynamics between them were developed in such a way that everything made sense.
Haken treated mental illness with loving respect; she didn’t diminish it as some do, and she didn’t lessen its impact or authenticity.
I wish I could find better words to describe how much I loved this book. All I can say is that I’ve rarely read something that’s reached me on this level.