Thursday, February 23, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Broken One by Christine H. Bailey

The Broken One
Christine H. Bailey
Publication date: April 5th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Sixteen-year-old Farris is picking up the pieces after the untimely death of her best friend. But even one year later, she can’t seem to find “normal” again—not until Lane Evans pops back into her life and pushes her to face reality.

When he offers her the chance to find the truth, Farris fears what will surface. Is it too much too soon or just what she needs to move forward?

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My Review:

3 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Teen-

Farris and her best friend Kelsey were inseparable, but when Farris goes to visit her friend and instead finds her broken body instead, she can't cope. Now, a year later, she still is not over the tragedy of her friend's murder. Can she learn to let go and live again before she drives everyone away? I went into this story with a completely open mind, not sure what I was going to read. I guess I would classify this as a teen growing up story, dealing with topics like loss, grief, forgiveness and how to keep going after experiencing such things. To be be completely upfront, this was a pretty depressing story. As the book progressed, it did become much lighter, reflecting the healing that the main character experiences.
I rooted for Farris and wanted to encourage her to just try, because it was so hard to watch her push everyone away and close off any human emotion. She felt like she could not keep anyone, so she refused to even try. She had such a hard shell and refused to interact in a positive manner with anyone. Can I just say her "Nanny" was such a good person, and I felt that Farris's father was kind of an unfeeling tool for the most part. No wonder Farris was emotionally closed off, she learned it from her one remaining family member. I am not a huge fan of religion in books, but I guess it played a role in helping Farris heal and it was not so in your face, so it is acceptable in this book. There was also a sweet love story interwoven throughout the plot. The book ended on a very high note of hope and love for Farris, which was really nice after the rough depressing start. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a emotional growing up story.
I received this title from the author in return for my honest review.

Author Bio:

Christine H. Bailey teaches creative writing and written composition at a private university in west Tennessee. Before teaching English, Christine worked as a journalist, a marketing/public relations writer, and a freelance editor. To learn more about the author and her work, visit her website at

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