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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  683 ratings  ·  139 reviews

Diagnosed with a rare and untreatable heart condition, Scarlet has come to terms with the fact that she’s going to die. Literally of a broken heart. It could be tomorrow, or it could be next year. But the clock is ticking…

All Scarlet asks is for a chance to attend high school—even if just for a week-a chance to be just like
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire (first published January 1st 2013)
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Kelly Hager
I seem to be in a little bit of a pattern lately. I've been going into books expecting one thing and getting something completely different. (Generally, unrealized expectations aren't super great, but in these cases, it's excellent because every book has been better than it would've been had it been what I was counting on going into the book.)

For Scarlet, every day she survives is a little bit of a miracle. She's been diagnosed with Long QT, which affects her heart. You know how, after you exerc
3.5 Stars

When I first heard about Broken and read the synopsis, I was intrigued because it was based on the author's own experience as a physician, as well as being based on a condition called Long QT, which she had diagnosed in her own niece. Those two things combined with the fact that the book is labeled a YA thriller quickly captured my attention. I was also a bit leery because I was afraid it might be a tearjerker because of the gravity of the heart condition that the main character had. Le
Liza Wiemer
I met CJ Lyons at the 2013 YA Author/Blogger Rooftop Party. A few lucky people received a copy of her debut YA novel BROKEN, thanks to her publisher, Sourcebooks Fire. (Thank you, Derry!!) CJ Lyon is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous adult medical mystery novels. She also has a plenty of experience in the medical field as a pediatric ER doctor.

Wow! BROKEN is so different from other YA novels that I think fans of YA will find it refreshing. It’s medical mystery brillia
Talk Supe
Braine's Talk Supe review

BROKEN is such a powerful story not just because of the issues it tackled but how it was written. I'm not surprised that this has been nominated in this year's RT Awards for Book of the Year. CJ Lyons wrote an amazing story about a teen who's woes proved to be larger than the novel itself. BROKEN is not just about a teen trying to live through the day, it's about friendship, hope and surviving. And don't be mistaken, BROKEN may appear as this sob story about a dying girl
I've never read a book by CJ Lyons before, but I know I will again. I knew she wrote adult thrillers and her latest, Broken, is her YA debut. I went into this book with a certain expectation and was completely surprised by the ending.

What was the surprise? I can't tell you without spoiling the book!! However, I can tell you all what I loved about the book before the ending.

Fifteen-year-old Scarlet Killian is finally getting the chance to be a normal teenager. After years spent battling a rare he
Barbara Garren
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book last weekend, just as I finished up another great read. I had no idea what "Broken" was about, and had not read any of the author's previous books. Of course, now I'm closing in on fan-girl status and will have to read ALL of her books, as soon as possible!

"Broken" took me by surprise - it's a carefully written tale of absolutely awful, realistic horrors you normally only hear of on the news. It had my heart hammering and my palms sweating and I
Abbe "The Awesome Senior" Hinder

Brokenis told to be a thriller, which it is, but not until the very last half of the middle does that even come to play. Is it exciting? Not the beginning but definitely the ending. If it weren't for the twist during the near ending of the mid-section, this book would have been a boring facsimile of every book ever written about a dying girl trying to make the best out of her last days. There are the mean bullies, the love triangle, the outcast friends, as well as the overprotective parents. Lu
Gerry Bartlett
This is one of the new genre, young adult mysteries. I happen to love books with a medical vibe to them and CJ Lyons is a doctor so you can trust that she got the medical issues in this book right. Scarlet has spent most of her life in hospitals, suffering from a rare heart disease. Her prognosis isn't good. She's never attended public school, just been home schooled by her overprotective stepmom who is also a nurse. But now she's finally got a chance to go to high school, defibrillator in tow. ...more
Kristin Woolwine
The book broken was about a girl named scarlet killan and how she wanted to be a normal girl and go to school. This book is more for young adults and kids in high school not little kids. As you read this book you start to see the challenges that each of characters face. There will also be some points in the book that will shock you as we'll. This book also has a lot of leave you wanting more moments to and have you always at the edge.

In my opinion I loved the book I couldn't really find anything
I didn't know much about this book, which is the way I like it. The less I know about it, the less I can judge. The problem with that is I don't usually give books I don't know much about a lot of time if I'm not enjoying them. I started off not liking this because I thought it seemed ridiculous that an extremely sick girl who almost died would get bullied for having her heart condition. That teachers and other students wouldn't stick up for her or even do anything for her. I don't like books ab ...more
Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading)
Wow, this book was good! I started Broken thinking it was going to go in a predictable direction, and Lyons blew my expectations out of the water. Broken is contemporary YA, but it's also a thriller, and a great one at that! My heart was racing for the last 45 minutes or so of the story....not such a good idea for reading right before bed, because I was very revved up by the time I finished reading (and of course I had to finish before I could go to sleep!).

Scarlet has been sick for her whole l
4.5 stars
Set Backs. Near Misses. Just in Case. Risks. Nothing Good. Welcome to the world of Scarlet Killian. Scarlet has been sick with Long QT Syndrome for as long as she can remember. Her heart can go off rhythm on its own and kill her instantly, nothing like living in fear 24/7. Scarlet has been homeschooled her entire life and this year she has persuaded her parents into letting her go to the public high school. Of course, her parents put a stipulation in place for this freedom, she has one
Medeia Sharif
Scarlet has always been sick. She has a weak heart, has had numerous surgeries, and carries around her own heart defibrillator. She strikes a deal with her parents in regards to going to a regular high school and trying it out for a shot at normalcy. She’s never been immersed in the life of best friends, boyfriends, parties, gossip, and the like. Any little thing can set her heart off beating rapidly, which might mean another hospitalization. Her father is usually out of town for his job and she ...more
Sheltered Scarlet Killian wants a chance at the life of a normal high-school girl. But she's barely convinced her overprotective parents that she'll be alright, especially her nurse stepmom. But Scarlet has spent her life in the hospital due to a rare heart disease, and she wants to live.

I loved the depiction of Scarlet's high-school life. It was a nice balance of the better parts of high school and the bad parts. She gets bullied by some jocks due to her portable defibrillator, which she carrie
I fell in love with this book before the first chapter was even complete. Really--yes, this is unusual for me to say so as I like to make my decisions when I am finished with the novel, but in this case, there was simply no doubt in my mind that what I had before me was a truly great book. Now that I have finished the book, I can definitely say that I was right. It is a great book.

Scarlet was a character that I could get close to right away for many reasons. Her internal voice was so honest rig
John Kurtze
After reading C.J. Lyons', "Broken", I knew I had to write a review recommending the book as a must read. It has taken me three days to gather my thoughts on Lyons' story of a 15 year old young woman who has been home schooled due to a life threatening medical condition. Scarlet is entering public school for the first time as a high school sophomore. In a very short time Scarlet experiences life changing situations for everyone around her. C.J. Lyons's shows in Broken how Scarlet's willingness t ...more
C.J. Lyons never fails to keep you on your toes whether it be an adult or YA book. The mysteries within the mysteries of this well written medical thriller will keep you turning the pages and hoping for a happy ending. The ending may not be what you expect or want but I feel it was a necessary part of this book. If you are looking for medical authenticity... Look no further. C. J. Lyons is an ER pediatric physician. The YA genre doesn't have much to offer in the medical genre. More medical thril ...more
SHOCKING! That's about all I want to say because much of anything else and I might give the story away. Suffice it to say that this is a heartbreaking story about Cia, a girl with a heart disease that "labels" her as a freak to most of her peers at new school she enrolled in so that she could have a taste of being "normal" after being home schooled and knowing that she could die at any time.

It's so painful to see how cruel one human being can be to another, especially due to something so devast
Erica Alyson
This book was really good and entertaining but there really is no element of surprise. It is pretty easy to see where the story is going but all in all it was a fun read.
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Scarlett has been suffering from a heart condition her whole life, an illness that will eventually kill her. She's finally convinced her parents to let her go to school for the first time, where she meets friends. Her stepmother, the school nurse keeps a close eye on Scarlett, but that doesn't prevent her from making friends. Is there more to her illness than her parents are telling her? Going to school might kill Scarlett, or it just might save her life.
BROKEN, told on Scarlett's first person,
3.8 stars

This is a pretty good book. I liked how the whole story took place within a week. I will admit, it is slightly unrealistic, but I felt it helped in terms of pacing, and thought it gave off the feel of a ticking time bomb. The side characters were very good even though most of them had very depressing lives. Tony was a great love interest and definitely better than Jordan, who I feared would be her love interest. It almost went into a love triangle, but luckily the story did not venture
Nina O'Daniels
Broken is the journey of fifteen year-old Scarlet and her first week of high school. Well, school of any kind really. She embarks with wide open eyes, excitement, and the possibility that she could die at any moment. Literally. Scarlet has been diagnosed with Long QT, a disease that affects her heart. She has been in a hospital more than she has been in her own bedroom and has finally talked her mother (step-mother) into letting her attend high school. Her step-mother is the school nurse and has ...more
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I really enjoyed Broken. Much more than I thought I would when it was recommended to me. It was unlike anything I have read before which in itself captured my attention. I love the fact that after finishing the book I had learned something as well. Before starting, I didn't even know such a disease as Long QT existed and probably wouldn't have believed anyone if they told me it did. It opened my eyes to the many things that we normal folks aren't aware of. The plot of the story w
I give it 4 stars because it is a very different kind of YA book than I have encountered lately. It isn't dystopian. It isn't about a girl trying to choose between two boys. It's kind of like an episode of Bones or Castle but set in high school.

I really like crime-solving, conspiracy-revealing, medical stuff, so I was engaged. The writing isn't amazing, but the plot kept me going. The medical part of it all is cool, and not too difficult for "regular people" to understand. And the author is a r
16 year old Scarlet has an untreatable heart condition which has required her to be homeschooled for most of her life. She's finally well enough to return to public high school, against her parent's better judgement. Her mom, the school nurse, is way over protective and make Scarlet carry an AED around with her everywhere she goes. Friendless and scared, Scarlet starts her first day of high school. She is placed in a support group where she makes quick friends with Celina, Nessa and Jordan. She ...more
Mikaela Batts
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P. Kirby
Around halfway through Broken, I started composing a ranty negative review in my head. I was so bored that I wandered off and read another book. Then, at the 80% mark, I was flying through the novel, completely engaged in the story.

What happened? Well, Scarlet's mother happened.

Scarlet Killan is fifteen years old and possibly as old as she'll ever get, thanks to a genetic disorder called Long QT, which makes her heart unable to regulate its rhythm. Chronically ill since she was a very young chil
Payton Nielsen
Broken was written in a way that made you always think of it. What is going on? Is she okay? Is he really there to be nice? No matter what the question was it was always something that made you think. Of course like any three star rated book I have some problems.
1.) I never really felt the love triangle connection that the author was trying to pull off with Jordan, Tony, and Scarlet . I did get that she preferred Tony but I only gathered that she thought of Jordan as just a friend.
2.) the plot w
Wasn't what I was expecting, but WOW!!!!
Had to read the last 2 hours until finished.
Had suspicions half way through the book, but thought "No"

Well told.

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