An emotional roller coaster that leaves you breathless and begging for more!
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Geez! Just, rip open my heart and run over it with tank Stacey! I have been reading fantasy for about a year straight when I picked this book up. I knew I needed a palette cleanser, and this was exactly what I was searching for but didn't even realize it. I had to sit there and stare at my disheveled reflection for a few minutes trying to remember who I was, where I was, and how I got there. I didn't expect to fall quite so in love with this story. I thought it would be a quick, lighter read in a different genre, then I could safely move back into fantasy. #nope
Jaymerson Holloway is your average 17 year old popular girl in high school. She's been dating Quarterback all-star, Colton Harris for a year, and is drowning is the perfection that is her life. When I first started this book I was like, "Ugh, really? One of these stories about the popular girl? #snore." No. Just stay with it. Brown sets you up perfectly, lays out everything from doting parents, cheerleading squad, Quarterback's girlfriend, parties galore, "cool parents" of friends etc. A serene, cookie-cutter life. A path that's basically set for her despite not even knowing it.
One fateful evening, mixed with several bad choices makes the perfect cocktail for a tragic accident that will alter the lives of Jaymerson, Colton, and Colton's twin brother, Hunter forever. Jayme is violently shoved into a world where the rose-colored glasses are off and she's swept down a raging river of learning who she is. She's like a puzzle that's been left out in the elements, everything's there, but it's warped and jaded, not quite fitting together like it once did. It's one of those situations that forces someone to grow way the heck up in a very small amount of time. Kinda like Jayme holds the the key to what's really going on an no one else can see it, but Hunter because of their shared circumstances.
As we watch Jayme try to heal and move on, we see how her perfect life maybe wasn't what she thought it was. Everything is being unravelled. Even her perception of Hunter, and the loser that he was is cracking. Everyone wants one thing from her, and she's realizing that what SHE wants may not line up with her old self anymore. It's so hard being in Jayme's head watching how everyone is reacting to her and her decisions knowing they have no idea what's really going on. It's that frustrating gravitational pull we're sucked into, knowing all we can do is just sit back, read, and wait for it all to unfold.
This book feels REAL. I've personally been in situations where nobody understands what's going on but me, and no one takes the time to understand. It's so frustrating. Jayme does her best to cope with everything while still balancing being a good daughter and becoming the new version she loves, but never knew resided in her.
This book is full of angst, heartbreak, betrayal, grief, but also sprinkled with humor and sharp wit, joy in knowledge, and passionate love. It gives a lot of hope and strength to teens to stand up and fight against the mold. To fight against being anything other than who they are meant to be. Shattered Love was strong and fierce, tender and thought provoking, while still managing to be light hearted. There are so many things to relate to. I’m pumped to see where book 2 picks up and to see how this transformation story ends.
**I received an advanced review copy via netgalley and The Next Step PR. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.**