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Broken People

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Librarian's Note: This is an alternate/new cover for ASIN B00DNMCKRI

Intentionally becoming obese in an effort to shield himself from the approach of outsiders wanting to better understand him, The Fat Kid hides behind his thick outer self. With an overbearing obnoxious attitude, he allows few people to enter his otherwise private life. Most of the people that he encounters
Kindle Edition, 2nd edition, 209 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by ERALDE PUBLISHING (first published June 26th 2013)
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Cap'n Heather.....Aarrrrrrr

My review may contain remarks/comments/quotes someone may find offensive, but they in no way reflect my view on the situation or person depicted. This is a review and therefore is only a reflection of my own personal feelings and emotions for the book and nothing more...

5 people....5 broken people.....5 beautifully broken stories...5 beatifully amazingly broken stars....Infinite messages....Many many emotions.

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You ever read something that really...REALLY makes you think about
Jan 06, 2016 Snow rated it it was amazing
Shelves: drama, 5-star-read, ya

5 "God works in mysterious ways" stars

This is hard for me to sum up!

It's the story of intertwined paths of destinies of people who are strangers but their lives are connected in more ways one can imagine and hold in one's hands...

those paths are destined by proficency of individuals to "see" the "truths" through the piles of masks in the forrests of souls hidden behind the shells of an everyday's existence where people are emerged into the rut of a false security and are walking around half-bli
Jen Campbell
Apr 17, 2015 Jen Campbell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Jen by: Jennifer Haren
Shelves: must-reads
Have you ever had an “Aha” moment? Where you have come across something that touched you so deeply that you knew that you HAD to make changes in your life, right that very second. Well Broken People had that effect on me. I was apprehensive to read this book because I consider myself broken in many ways and previous books from Scott Hildreth were raw, deep and thought provoking. Book Hangover was a term that was used on more than one occasion. So I was not sure what I would encou
May 24, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

The subconscious of one's mind is an amazing entity. It can provide that little voice that when and if we chose to listen, can protect us from the complexities of life that we aren't capable of dealing with. It can also help us understand in time the things we aren't wiling to accept. We all live our lives with a certain degree of uncertainty. We erect walls to protect both our heads and our hearts. We all live with facades. To claim that you don't, is to live in a realm that isn't based in real
Nov 19, 2014 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Once in a great while, a book comes along, slaps you in the face and tugs at your heart. Broken People was that book. It worms its way into the soul, removes the clouds from your eyes and the fog from your brain.

This book is about the “broken”, those going through life’s challenges. All connected, yet battling their own demons in various ways and stages. Some live with the pain—afraid of the road ahead. Some see the light at the end, slowly moving toward it. Yet sadly, some only see darkness. T
Jennifer Edwards
When I first read this book, I really didn't want to like it. Why? Because as I read, I saw so much of myself in all five of these people, in every one of the five stories. Every one of their stories made me raise questions within myself and question what kind of person I was.

I had a great deal of turmoil because I started this inner dialogue about my past, my present, my future. Demons long kept locked away, were never really quiet. They waited for a reason to wake and began to creep up into my
Amanda ♥'s a BOOK O
Nov 18, 2014 Amanda ♥'s a BOOK O rated it it was amazing

There are not enough stars/chairs.

I was recently introduced to Scott by his wonderful wife Jessica. See Jessica came across my blog by rare chance, and after a few messages back and forth, I realized that I really needed to check out her husband.

Okay...wait a minute...that didn't sound right at all.

Well you guys know what I mean.

See I can make jokes. But, in all seriousness, I think everything happens for a reason. Scott and his wife came into my life at a time when I FINALLY felt like I was on
Dec 09, 2014 Κική rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction

I'm going to make this quick because I feel like I've already wasted too much time on this.

This book was about... Well, I don't know what it was about, as it was completely all over the place. I guess suicide and parent-children relationships would be the main theme, but there were also mentions of racism, homophobia, interracial romance, anorexia and various kinds of prejudice. All of them very interesting subjects, but all of them poorly executed.

This book was pretentious, preachy and often r
Kathryn Parry
Jul 10, 2013 Kathryn Parry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing book, the story was gripping and I believe all parents should read it as well as any teenagers that are struggling with modern day life. I know of a few that this book would help and will be recommending it to them. Brill, thanks to a recommendation I was lucky to get to read this amazing book.
Feb 07, 2015 Tina rated it it was amazing
I haven't always been the person I am today, I like to think that as I get older I become a better person, a more understanding and compassionate person. One thing I know for sure is I am a good wife and a good mother. I often wondered over the years if the decision my husband and I made for me to give up my career and stay home to raise our children was the right one....well our oldest is 18 now, so this wondering has been going on for 18 years, but after reading this book...I finally have my ...more
Oct 10, 2014 Pixie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Boy do I hate the internet. So the thing about me is or what I’ve been told by others is I kind of have an obsessive personality. It is (thankfully) rare for me to get intrigued by a person. It happens, but not for long. Most people I figure out pretty quickly and honestly (probably unfairly) write them off. They peak my interest, I take a look, decide & move on. I am, or so I’ve been told, intriguing. Strangers talk to me, take my shoes off on the metro, leave books for me to read at my ...more
Dec 09, 2013 Lauri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can brag about this book for days, but I won't. I reD this book really quick, it's a fast read to begin with, but I didn't want to put it down. Once I finished it I just sat there for quite a while reflecting on what I just read. I couldn't move, I couldn't talk. I wanted so much to message Scott HILDRETH right away but I just couldn't move. It took me a good 20 minutes before I was able to go to his FB page and give him my review personally. There were a few chapters that were just so hard to ...more
Dec 07, 2013 Tracey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Bhavya Kaushik
Jul 14, 2013 Bhavya Kaushik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Broken People embark the debut of Scott Hildreth, but while reading the book I could not make out that it was his maiden attempt. The narration was very mature and almost flawless. I was going through from one chapter to another without realizing the passage of time.
This is not a book about just one character; instead the narration has been shifted from one chapter to another. Usually, it is very hard to justify with the flow of any novel while changing the narration between chapters, but the Au
Sep 21, 2013 Cloe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read. This book is for everyone. Lessons of love, loss, heartache, value and courage. The author pulls your heart out and hands it to you on a silver platter. I can't imagine anyone being able to read this book and not take away something that is relevant to your life.
People all have their flaws and no one is perfect. This book has a multitude of different stories but the author's ability to make it effortlessly flow is astounding. You may need to grab a few (or a box) of tissues, you wil
Jul 17, 2013 Carissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To start, I love this book. There are parts, mostly those owned by the character of Michelle, that are great. Her insight into the best and most desirable aspects of the human condition is heartwarming but keen enough to be mostly realistic. Her reference to her obligation as a medical provider to care for all of humankind is particularly astute. Her "Things I've Learned in 18 years of Life" are exceptional rules that we should all do our very best to adopt and live by. The rules are inspiring, ...more
Sep 05, 2013 Kelley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the lesson this book discussed, which is around the parent/child relationship and understanding what is really important. Sometimes expectations are placed (or enforced) on others without people listening to each other and understanding the other person's point of view. If a child is crying out, the parents need to listen before something devastating happens. Lots of good life lessons packed in this book.

I also like how the author used his clairvoyant gift and wrote a fictional ta
Jul 22, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not even sure I can do this book any justice. This is a book that I think all teens and parents should read. I found myself as a parent reflecting alot on my parenting style and hoping that I am not making the same mistakes as the parents in this book. As parents we want what is best for our children when what is best is for us to just be there, be present and listen.

The story takes you through the life of Fat Kid who tries to help people through his internet blog. He is contacted by Shelli
Apr 30, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is a Landslide. It speaks to everything I have ever believed, feel and know. There are people out there who fit into the puzzle that is you; even the pieces that are torn, bent, disfigured. I don't do labels as ironic as that sounds because my profession revolves around labels. (EBD, ED, ESE, ODD, Socio- anything). These aren't adults they are little people ages 5 - 8 whose pieces are already being torn from them. See I believe God makes us an entire puzzle woven together with beauty ...more
Jacy Goodwin
Feb 05, 2014 Jacy Goodwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warning if you don’t like books that stir real emotions when you read...don’t read this, because this book makes you stop and think. The author does not sugar coat, he writes about real issues and feelings that most the time we as humans try to push aside because it’s painful to think about. But if you can handle the TRUTH then you should read Broken People! This book is made to make you think; truly think about the problems that the character went through.

Like Brittney the girl we all know from
May 23, 2014 Esther rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being a fan of Scott Hildreth's other books, Broken People was not one of the books I wanted to read. I read Broken People waited a day and reread the book - emotions.

This being his first book is unbelievable. Five people's narrations flowed beautifully from chapter to chapter. The story line - flawed humans existing. This story teller's characters blossomed before me.

Every chapter had me nodding my head - "I know that but do other people know that?"

The two main characters: Fat Kid and Michelle
Kat  Chadwick
May 12, 2014 Kat Chadwick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've never said this in a review about a book before, so this is a first for me, but this book deserves more than 5 STARS. I'm giving it 6 STARS (too bad it won't show up in actual ratings.)

After this book was recommended to me, by the author, after reading my first book of his (in a different genre), I read the synopses, and knew I was going to find something in this book to personally relate and, to be honest, I ran from it. Why reopen old wounds I faced many years ago? But, after reading boo
Jan Kinder
Aug 11, 2015 Jan Kinder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
fantastic absolutely fuc*ing fantastic
I'm pretty much at a loss for words with this book but I'll do my best to get my point across. Scott Hildreth has written this soul touch book about the emotions many people have and struggle with each and everyday . His clever and unique way of writing has once again captured me.
Kid Wow were to even begin this character embraces how even when knocked down to the ground you can pick yourself up and strive to be an amazing person not only to yourself but to
Jan 22, 2015 Shari rated it it was amazing
Wow! Some of the events in this book hit a little to close to home for me. Broken People, is the perfect title and description for sure. It amazes me how all of us have something "broken" in our pasts. Most teenagers like high school and go on and on about how those years are the best. I'm 100% opposite! I hated high school. The pressure to do everything right, and not embarrass your family, can be overwhelming. Having to wear all the latest trends in clothes especially for girls is unreal.
If yo
Sassy Savvy Fabulous

"A lifetime, Michelle, It took me a lifetime"

Broken people was an exceptional and unique read. It was told in a series of vignettes focusing on 1 of 5 broken indivduals.
Through out the story the author intertwines the different characters lives to weave together a tale so life changing that I am in awe by how moved I was.
When I read a book I often highlight the scenes that effect me…by the time I was done with this book… half the story was highlighted
I was enthralled, I finished it in one day…
Feb 05, 2014 Daphne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Human Consideration = Hope

Reading this book with the multi-POV's has been a first for me. It made the book so much more real. Refreshing change. 5 POV's in all, from 5 people somehow linked by "life along the way".

This is a phenomenal story. I think anyone human...can relate to a lot of points made in the book. It will definitely make you think. Either of an experience you have had or maybe one you are going through.
So many people struggle with a wide range of complexities. Use this book as a ki
Ashley Hampton
Aug 09, 2016 Ashley Hampton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I sit down to write this review, I admit I'm emotionally drained. Things worthwhile usually are draining...and this book is definitely worth your time and energy to process and work through whatever the book stirs in your life (because it will touch on at least one thing, if not many). As a psychologist, I saw the aching and pain and heartache I have seen for years so eloquently written for others to feel in a mere couple hundred pages. As a broken person, I started crying while reading ...more
Mar 14, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! Another great book by Scott!! This one was amazing, it really made you think and look at stuff differently, well it did me anyway. It made me see that actually most of us have some sort of broken part in us, it's just realising it and living with it or changing it that is the hard bit.

There was some humour in it too and lots of emotions as usual per Scott's books. He writes in such a way that you just can't help not loving the books and becoming involved in the characters' lives. I loved Fa
May 09, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Broken People by Scott Hildreth ~My Review~
This was an okay book. Not one of my more favorites by Scott, maybe it would have been better to read it first before his other books. It started a little slow I noticed myself skipping a little to get to the good parts. I have very mixed emotions about this book. On one hand it was moving, and definitely made you think about life. It made me think about my life as a child, a teenager, an adult and now as a mom. I really loved the message it sent and th
Debi Price
Feb 27, 2014 Debi Price rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scott Hildreth


This book makes you think. It makes you feel. It truthfully was a very emotional read for me. I started it over three times before reading it all the way through and then.....WOW! I highly recommend this book to everyone of all ages. I also recommend that when you read it , it must be read in one sitting or at least two. Don't make the mistake to read this book in stages or slowly. You just won't get it.I loved all the main characters, Fat Kid, Miche
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Born In San Diego California, Scott now calls Naples, Florida home. Residing in Florida with his wife, Jessica, and his children, he somehow finds twelve hours a day to work on his writing.

Addicted to riding his Harley-Davidson, tattoos, and drinking coffee, Scott can generally be found in a tattoo shop, on his Harley, or in a local coffee house when not writing.

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