24 August 2014

Cracked by K.M.Walton

Title: Cracked
Author: K.M.Walton
Pages: 312
Genre: Young Adult
Book Description: 
Sometimes there's no easy way out.

Victor hates his life. He has no friends, gets beaten up at school, and his parents are always criticizing him. Tired of feeling miserable, Victor takes a bottle of his mother's sleeping pills—only to wake up in the hospital.

Bull is angry, and takes all of his rage out on Victor. That makes him feel better, at least a little. But it doesn't stop Bull's grandfather from getting drunk and hitting him. So Bull tries to defend himself with a loaded gun.

When Victor and Bull end up as roommates in the same psych ward, there's no way to escape each other or their problems. Which means things are going to get worse—much worse—before they get better….





 My Opinion: 

I was lent this book my very wonderful friend Lauren! (She has a blog called Something Borrowed where she talks about books, fashion, makeup, music etc! You should definitely check it out!)

Anyway, onto the review! I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book....

Let's start off with the good stuff.
I enjoyed the fact that we were able to hear the point of view of the bully! Not many novels that include bullying have narrations by the bully, so it was a interesting to hear how he felt and for me, as a reader, to begin to understand why he did what he did.

I thought the plot was fabulous. It was realistic, relateable and romantic. Any teenager would be able to relate to at least one person in this book! Whatever they're going through, whether its stress at school or just home problems, you can relate. 

I loved the characters! My favourite was Kell; only because I felt like I could connect with her the most! I also really liked the writing. I felt like all the character's thoughts were really deep and some of the questions asked throughout the novel made me think about what I would do if I was in that situation! 


Now for the not-so-good stuff...
Grammar! There was a lot of grammatically incorrect sentences and many words that were either spelt wrong or just misused... I believe that this book is written by an American author and maybe the publishing/proof-reading of books is different over there (I'm from the UK) but that is still no excuse for the amount of corrections I made throughout the book. The worst one was where it said 'I overhear hear him say...' A few mistakes is fine but seriously...?

Spelling and grammar aside, the story line was a little disappointing. I found it very predictable and the everything in the book happened rather quickly. The novel was only set over a short time period (a couple of weeks I think) which meant everything the author wanted to include, happened in less than a month! 
I was also a little disappointed by ending. 

The epilogue's were a nice touch because we were able to see what life was like for the main characters after they had left. I really enjoyed this aspect however, Bull's final chapter especially (before the epilogue) ended rather suddenly and I felt like the ending was rushed a bit... I wanted to hear more about how they left and what their friends had to say.

All in all the book was a nice, quick and easy read. I read this in less than a day (although there are a lot of pages, the font in my copy was really big!) I believe there is something for everyone in this book, whether it's romance or knowledge or just some deep thinking, there will be something for you! However the grammar and plot had a few weaknesses.


 Favourite Quotes: 



I watch the sun disappear completely, and I sit in the dark. I'm not afraid here. It's too peaceful and quiet

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Her eyes are telling me what I've desperately wanted to hear my whole life: You're okay just the way you are.

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Some wait for no one, they fill themselves up

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How does nothing feel?




Rating ★ 
3 out of 5 stars 

Next book I'm going to review:
Handle with Care - Jodi Picoult