Broken by Nicola Haken

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.”

BrokenBroken by Nicola Haken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.

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2 Comments

  1. i agree with you,this was a very powerful book and you really were involved in the story every step of the way.never read from this author before but now am reading her other books..really made you think..well written and such a great book 🙂

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