Title: One Broken Day
Author: Melissa MacVicar
Pub. Date: May 18th, 2017
Genre: YA, Contemporary Fiction
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
After a notorious school shooting leaves her a shadow of the girl she once was, seventeen-year-old Lizzie Beringer moves to Nantucket Island. There, Lizzie vows to hide her identity as the shooter’s sister. All her efforts to fly under the radar, however, are complicated by her P.T.S.D. and the attention she receives from two competing boys. While fending off the not-so-subtle advances of popular athlete Michael Wickersham, she must also deal with her growing feelings for her shy lab partner Gage Pike. Gage may act like he’s all wrong for her, but the pull between them is undeniable.
Under the threat of discovery and the possibility of testifying in a televised trial, Lizzie fights to keep her secrets and start her life over.
One Broken Day is a brilliantly imagined story exploring the ways we are all broken and at the same time, offered redemption in the most unexpected of places.
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One Broken Day is an interesting tale following a haunted girl who suffers from many things; ptsd, depression. This is a tale of how she copes and heals, full of relatable situations and decisions.
I found Lizzie to be an interesting character who was full of pain and confusion. Her best friend died right in front of her, and now Lizzie has to testify against the killer. However she was a bit dry personality wise. She kept getting flashes from the past, wanted to lose herself in boys and decided using them wasn’t a good idea after a few minutes of making out. A lot of drama ensued and I was left yearning for her character to have a splash of colour, a voice I could hear off the pages. No such luck.
The ptsd was probably my favourite part. I found her pain to be very realistic and genuine, flowing off the pages like the blood flowed that day the shooting happened. It was quite the emotional ride to see what happened through her eyes in such detail, and for her to then be picked apart on live television. It made the story more gripping and earnest.
The romance was alright. I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it. Yeah they fell for each other right away but didn’t act on it until later, but the build up was still fairly small. I would have loved to see her confide in him, to lean on him and for him to do the same. Instead they smoked weed together, talked about little things, and claimed to love the other. The ending would have been so much happier and more satisfying if I loved the pairing.
Overall, this is a good story that had a lot of potential.
About the Author
Melissa was born and mostly raised on Nantucket Island, and she currently lives there with her husband and two teenage children. When not being a wife and mother and teaching writing to seventh graders, she enjoys binge watching shows like Big Little Lies, House of Cards, and Outlander. Despite the rumors to the contrary, she does not actually wish she was a teenager again, nor does she see ghosts like the main character in her first novel, Ever Near. She does, however, love to hear from readers so send her a message on social media or at her email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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