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
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
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
To put it bluntly, I just fucking love her goddamn books, man.
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
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
Intense and amazing. I was most worried about the little brother though, and felt my focus shift to him (and not the MC.) I kind of knew what was up with Jonah, who constantly breaks his bones so they'll re-heal stronger, but the baby brother? I kept reading hoping the baby would simply stay alive from one page to the next ...
A quick read, a good read, from a truly unique writer.
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
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
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
All of Hannah Moskowitz’s books focus heavily on family, especially sibling relationships. ...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
So I have to put this out there:
- 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
Jonah is one of the most complicated MCs I've read in a long time - in a good way. It would have been so easy to make him a vehicle for the plot, a boy who's into self-mutilation for no reason other than to drive the story forward. But Hannah has the incredible ability to make the reader fully understand Jonah's actions - which is no small feat when you're reading about a boy diving into an empty swimming pool.
I especially ...more
This book was disturbing at times, but I could sympathize with Jonah. His life was really difficult and bad things kept happening to him. This book opened my eyes and made me appreciate the life I have more, because people out there really go through a lot and face difficulties their entire life.
Thank you Hannah Moskowitz for writing ...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,”