Riveting Read: Beautiful Broken Hearts

Riveting Read: Beautiful Broken Hearts

A skillfully layered and gritty story with all the right elements

Perfect for fans of Lauren Oliver and John Green

Her current read is ‘Beautiful Broken Hearts’ by Kami Garcia

This instalment of Riveting Reads come to you from Assistant Youth Librarian Kerrie Gamble.

When star soccer player Peyton Rios receives an offer from her first-choice college, senior year starts off exactly as planned. But when Peyton uncovers her boyfriend’s dark secret, she confronts him and finds herself falling down a flight of stairs. Peyton’s knee and maybe her dream of going pro is shattered. Everyone is talking: Was she pushed, or did she fall? Peyton knows the truth, even if no one believes her.
With her future on the line, Peyton goes to stay with her uncle in a small Tennessee town to focus on her recovery. Dating is the last thing on her mind until she meets sweet, sexy Owen Law.
But Peyton doesn’t trust her heart, especially when she senses that Owen is hiding something. When their secrets are finally exposed, Peyton has to decide if love is worth fighting for.

Kami Garcia’s plot of this novel revolves around the physical and emotional outcomes of Peyton’s fall. Garcia tackles serious issues head on and draws from her own experiences with an abusive boyfriend. Some of these issues include PTSD, drug use, abuse, manipulation and coping with bad relationships. This novel encompasses the emotions and struggles a teenager can face in high school whether it be peer pressure or new relationships. An important theme focused on throughout was the idea of not being believed. Peyton’s friends do not believe her when she tells the truth about what happened and she begins to get bullied which forces her to move. It was important to explore this idea in a novel about abuse as this is often the reason why incidents go unreported. Despite all of these hard hitting topics this is not just a tale of hardship but also one of growth, healing and hope. The novel sends a message of self-empowerment and has a great balance of light and dark moments. Garcia writes with a loving and realistic touch which makes the story come to life. With its angsty romance and plenty of supportive characters this novel contains a lot of light in the dark.

Garcia’s characters are well thought out and realistic as she draws from her own experience with abuse. Her characters are well developed with intriguing backstories that slowly come to light over the course of the novel. The main character, Peyton, is a compelling heroine who goes through quite a dramatic journey throughout the novel. She is strong and determined but has trouble admitting her feelings to anyone. Peyton realistically depicts what it’s like to go through a traumatic event both in her present and her past. She bears the scars of these traumatic events and they both affect her in different ways. My favourite characters were the twins Christian and Cameron who are Peyton’s cousins. These boys are funny, supportive, loyal and mischievous which lightens the tone of the novel.

Garcia gets your heart racing in this emotionally charged novel, well worth the read.

You can find this book in Young Adult Fiction section under GAR

Kerrie Gamble