Breaking Glass by Lisa Amowitz

August 6, 2013 Young Adult Book Reviews 10

breaking glassTitle: Breaking Glass [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Lisa Amowitz
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Format: ARC
Pages: 297
Release Date: July 9, 2013
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: I enjoyed the mystery aspect of the book, but I seriously wanted to smack all the characters.

About the Book: On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, he’s not sure whether they’re real or if he’s losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes he must discover the truth or become the next victim himself.

This one took me a minute to really get into. It starts you off with a ton of questions and you’re wondering what the hell is going on, which is a good thing at times, seeing as how this is a mystery/thriller. But what always gets me with these kinds of books, is the amount of random bits and pieces that get thrown in here and there that add nothing to the plot. Those moments really turned me off from this book and made me lose interest fast. Still, I held on until the end, and I’ll admit, the ending was pretty good.

One thing you should know about ALL the characters in this book is they’re seriously damaged. The kids have quite a few issues and the parents are negligent and pretty screwed up themselves. I don’t think I liked any of them, except maybe Jeremy’s best friend, Ryan. Sure, he seems questionable at first, but as everyone’s secrets slowly come to light, I learned he’s really the best of the bunch. The rest of them pretty much sucked and there were times I didn’t like Jeremy very much, too. He has been through a couple of traumatic experiences and with what happens to his leg after he gets into an accident (especially since he’s a track star who was actually going places), I understand why he spiraled out of control. Still, I couldn’t connect with him and therefore, didn’t really like him.

Also, I didn’t care for the romance at all, it just didn’t fit into the story for me and I could’ve done without it. As Jeremy digs deeper and deeper into Susannah’s life, he uncovers what the adults in the town are hiding and just how fucked up her life really was. I’ll admit, I didn’t expect half of the things he finds out and I’m telling you, you will not like any of the characters in this book after you you realize what happened. But you will like the overall mystery. And the ending?! Justice!

Breaking Glass is full of intrigue, drama, and enough twists to make your head spin. It’s definitely a dark book with serious issues. Amowitz did a great job at addressing these issues and her writing poignant. While the story didn’t grab me like I was hoping, it was still interesting. This one does have more a creepy feeling than some of the other mystery/thriller books I’ve read lately, so that’s a plus.

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10 Responses to “Breaking Glass by Lisa Amowitz”

  1. Andrea @ The Bookish Babe

    It’s too bad you didn’t care for the characters or romance, but great that you got a great ending and justice. Most of the reviews I’ve read for this have felt the same.
    Thanks for the great review, Vi!

  2. Candace

    When you can’t connect with characters, or a romance, it can really ruin a book. I’m glad though that you ended up enjoying it a bit, even for just the end portion.

    • Vivian

      Yep, the ending definitely saved this one for me. The characters were just crazy though!

  3. Amy @ Book Loving Mom

    I still have to read this. I had started it, but had a hard time getting into it so I put it aside. It does sound good, but it seems like I will have the same issues as you did with it. Great review hon.

  4. Brooke

    I really enjoyed this book. I actually found a depth to the characters you don’t normally find in YA books. And the plot was so unusual and interesting. I never had a moment when I found information unnecessary. I’m wondering which parts you thought they were. I think all the bits were very well woven and all dell into place so well at the end.

    • Vivian

      Ack, it’s been a few months since I read this so I can’t even tell you what it was that bothered me about this book. I just know that I was bored at certain parts in the book and the characters, although different (which can be good at times), just didn’t do anything for me.

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