Jonah is on a mission to break every bone in his body. Everyone knows that broken bones grow back stronger than they were before. And Jonah wants to be stronger—needs to be stronger—because everything around him is falling apart. Breaking, and then healing, is Jonah’s only way to cope with the stresses of home, girls, and the world on his shoulders.
When Jonah's self-destr...more
I'd heard a lot of good things about Teeth, but I thought I'd plunge into the deep end with Break (any pun about Teeth being unintentional, believe me), and... you know the funny thing?
The day after I bought it, I tripped over and broke one of my toes. Then the next day, my dad slipped and rolled down a muddy embankment and b...more
Basically BREAK is probably the strangest book I've read thus far, but it's concept is crazy fascinating. And then when the book is all said and done it hits something so deep that it makes you wonder if it's an issue that really happening. This is a thought provok...more
What an incredible debut! Moskowitz is an extremely talented writer! Break was full of fantastically portrayed three dimensional characters and an insane central idea. A goal to break every bone in your body? How does that not pique your curiosity. Well, it did mine and this lead to me completely devouring the entire novel in one setting.
Moskowitz did an outstanding job of creating that are relatable, they have problems, feelings, and circumstances tha...more
Jonah is on a mission to break every bone in his body, because everyone knows that broken bones heal back stronger and he needs to be strong. Everything else in his life is absolute chaos. He has one brother who is allergic to everything, a baby brother who doesn't stop crying (literally), parents who seem to be hanging on by a string, and friends who have no idea why he is doing wha...more
The first thing that struck me about Break was how nice it was to read a YA book that didn't revolve around or devote a huge chunk of itself to romance. Jonah already has a girlfriend, (well, kind of), and while he likes her a whole heap he doesn’t obsess over her or doubt her feelings or worry overmuch about the relationship or any of that standard YA jazz. Break is a book hugely concerned with relationships, just not the teenagers in love...more
All of Hannah Moskowitz’s books focus heavily on family, especially sibling relationships....more
An interesting and unique read. Easy and quick to get through.
Jonah eventually figures out his reason for breaking his bones, but my reaction to it was probably similar to the psycologist's. It was a strange reason and didn't entirely make sense to me. (Although, I can kind of see why Jonah would think it made sense.) Another thing, I didn't understand what was up with those people in the psych ward. Why did they think that what Jonah did was so great? It was creepy. This book just made...more
Then I read this, and boom ... incredible. Contemporary YA fiction has gotten much, much better since I was a kid, and Break is indicative of that trend. Loved. Every. Single. Line.
Prendi un minorenne, quali siano le sue capacità, mettigli davanti una tastiera, pompagli l'ego e le fascette, e avrai un best-seller.
Non se ne esce.
Questo, almeno, è quanto ho pensato a lettura conclusa (poco meno di due ore via Gigetto, il mio e-book reader), rileggendo la pretenziosa nota di copertina.
Uno scivolone dell'editore, a mio avviso, perché se c'è un difetto c...more
In a past review I decided Jay Bell's middle name was "Fuck yeah, bitch!" and so I will bestow such an honor on Ms. Moskowitz and from now on her middle name is "I came here to fuck bitches".
So yeah, shit starts getting real because Jonah, the main ch...more
- Break by Hannah Moskowitz
I am not a comtemporary YA kind of girl. I didn’t read it when I was of the age to be considered “YA,” and I don’t often read it now. I’ve always found the resolutions dissatis...more
I don’t know what Hannah Moskowitz did to keep it real during eleventh grade. And considering she’s only nineteen, those days were, well, like, yesterday. I know one thing she did do, though. She got herself a little publishing deal with one o...more
The narrator, the oldest son, Jonah, feels responsible for protecting his younger, highly allergic, brother from all of the environmental and food elements that can kill him. There's a baby who cries incessantly and his mindlessly religious parents are quick to lash out verbally at one a...more
Jonah struggles with his role as oldest brother and protector to two younger brothers: Jesse, just a year younger, who is allergic to almost everything, and Will, the baby, who wo...more
Jonah is on a mission. There are 206 bones in the human body and he’s out to break them all, to knit them back into a better pattern, some kind of strength that can resonate through him into a family that needs it more than anything. To a brother and best friend with countless deadly allergies. To a baby brother who hasn’t stopped cry...more
I found myself comparing Break to Fight Club a number of times when reading it. The only difference is that with Break, the book ends before we see bone-breaking become the next cutting among teenagers, or before the first bone-breaking club is formed. In fact, like Gone, gone, gone and Invincible Summer (her other books), it ends...more
There is nothing negative I could say about this book. What's not to love? It was absolutely incredible. I read this book in one sitting. To put this in perspective, I have the attention span of 3 year old and can easily get distracted by anything around me so rarely do I read books in one sitting.
I rate emotionally more than intellectually. 5 stars means I loved it, not that it was...more
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After all, you basically do all you can not to die. All the time. The search for immortality isn't just from storybooks. every day you do it. You buckle your seat-belt, you take vitamin supplements, look both was before you cross the street. And you really think your doing all you can. Bullshit. We can lift weights for fucking hours and we're still going to die.”
You're broken, and you're fixed.
And you're better,”