Author: Mia Kerick
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Publication Status: Available
Genre: Young Adult, GLBT
Themes: Coming out, Young Adult, High School, College, Child Abuse
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Braving the start of high school, longtime childhood friends Benjamin Wells and Timmy Norton quickly realize they are entering a whole new world colored by their family responsibilities. Ben is trying to please his strict father; Timmy is taking care of his younger sisters. While their easy camaraderie is still comfortable, Ben notices Timmy growing distant and evasive, but Ben has his own problems. It’s easier to let concerns about Timmy’s home life slide, especially when Timmy changes directions and starts to get a little too close. Ben doesn’t know how to handle the new feelings Timmy’s desire for love inspires, and his continuing denial wounds Timmy deeply.
But what Timmy perceives as Ben’s greatest betrayal is yet to come, and the fallout threatens to break them apart forever. Over the next four years, the push and pull between them and the outside world twists and tears at Ben and Timmy, and they are haunted by fear and regret. However, sometimes what seems broken is just a little bent, and if they can find forgiveness within themselves, Ben and Timmy may be able to move forward together.
So I am not a huge reader of Young Adult fiction. It isn’t that I don’t think highly of those authors willing to take on a very difficult genre (especially dealing with issues pertinent to GLBTQ youth), it just generally escapes my radar until someone says “You need to read this”. Well one such title kept catching my attention… I think it was actually the cover that caught me first. Just look at it (you know up at the top of this post), can you get more haunting than that? As I told the author, it is the eyes… they just grab you and pull you in. After reading this book, I must say the the cover is absolutely perfect for the story (and I don’t often say that). But unlike many times I come across an awesome cover, what it hides lives up to the bar set by Ronaldo Gutierrez’s cover. Secondly, I had a few friends that were absolutely raving about this book, so I was intrigued.
Not Broken, Just Bent is about two boys from very different families who grew up as best friends. We first meet them when they are 14 and just starting high school, after they have known each other since they were 8. We watch as their relationship deepens and grows. We watch as Timmy struggles with a less than ideal (to put it mildly) home life. Our hearts break with them as they struggle to realize what they have. We cry with them as it all falls apart.
Kerick tells us a beautiful coming of age story, forcing you to empathize with Ben as he makes some rather questionable choices. She makes you fall in love with Ben and Timmy from the first pages. She breaks your heart repeatedly, just as she breaks the hearts of her boys. She makes these boys work hard to earn their happily ever after. She ends it on an absolutely perfect note.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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