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3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  77 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Teen violin prodigy Cassie has been tiptoeing around her father, whose moods have become increasingly explosive. After he destroys her beloved and valuable violin in a sudden rage, Cassie, shocked, runs away, eventually seeking refuge in a homeless shelter. She later learns that her father, a former violinist, was physically beaten as a child by her grandfather, a painful ...more
Hardcover, 262 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by West Side Books
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May 31, 2013 K. rated it did not like it
Everything is awkward. Terrible everything. Dialogue and action. Everything.

And the girl on the cover looks like she has a mustache. Just saying.
Angela Morrison
Aug 30, 2010 Angela Morrison rated it it was amazing
Kathi and I are critique buds. She and I swapped manuscripts--TAKEN BY STORM and SHATTERED--while we were trying to revise them into publishable shape. Kathi sold SHATTERED first. I signed TAKEN BY STORM within a month. After years of trying, we both published in the same year. I just finished reading through her next YA novel--HARD ROCK. I love it. Rock climbing blended with a very personal survivor story. I can't wait until she publishes that, too. It's about rock climber dudes instead of a ...more
Oct 07, 2016 Mckenzie rated it liked it
3.5 stars. The writing that included music was fantastic, whereas all other writing was a bit sub par. ** Small spoiler** I'm glad it showed that families can be rebuilt, but that it takes time and a lot of effort. I was also glad that the two main characters, Cassie and her mom, were both taking their time rather than just jumping back into a potentially disastrous situation.
Kari Anderson
Jul 08, 2013 Kari Anderson rated it really liked it
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Teen violin prodigy Cassie has been tiptoeing around her father, whose moods have become increasingly explosive. After he destroys her beloved and valuable violin in a sudden rage, Cassie, shocked, runs away, eventually seeking refuge in a homeless shelter. She later learns that her father, a former violinist, was physically beaten as a child by her grandfather, a painful secret he’s kept hidden from his family, and the cause of his violent outbursts. With all of their lives shatt
May 30, 2013 Bianca rated it it was amazing
I was provided with an eCopy from NetGalley and from the author. Thank you!
I want to start this review by saying that I’m a violin girl. Since I was 7, I’ve spent 3-4 hours a day with my violin. I’m in love with this beautiful instrument and I can’t imagine my life without it. So when I found this book on NetGalley, I was so excited that I requested immediately. When I received the eBook, I started to read it immediately.
What made me love this book from the start was the fact that Cassie, the m
Feb 22, 2010 Ashley rated it liked it

Book Title: Shattered

Author: Kathi Baron

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Summary (from the back of the book):

Teen violin prodigy Cassie has been tiptoeing around her father, whose moods have become increasingly explosive. After he destroys her beloved and valuable violin, Cassie, shocked, runs away, eventually seeking refuge in a homeless shelter. She later learns that her father, a former violinist, was physically beaten as a child by her grandfather, a painful secret he’s kept hidden from his family, and the cause of his
Roxanne Kade
Jul 29, 2013 Roxanne Kade rated it really liked it
Firstly, I have to say how much I love this cover. It is a perfect reflection of what can be found between the pages of this book.

The first half of the story seemed to rush by and I never got a real sense of who the characters were. It was only after Cassie's return that I actually settled into the story. I was happy that she was able to find some kind of normalcy in her life after all the chaos and I think Nick played a big part in her healing process. Their time spent at the batting cages was
Mackenzie Wheatley
May 13, 2013 Mackenzie Wheatley rated it it was ok

I was selected to read and review this book by Netgalley.

This book has a simple prose that is easy to follow, but perhaps leaves a little to be desired. The characters seem pretty one-dimensional, and the writing isn't the most descriptive. I also feel like it is very choppy. The passage of time doesn't quite fit either. All in all, the writing style is poor, maybe fitting for children, with the exception of the cussing and adult situation in the homeless shelter. It is written childish
Jul 23, 2013 Jessica rated it liked it
Shattered Kathi Baron introduces us to the story of Cassie, a fourteen-year-old violin soloist. Her antique violin is her life, as is the Chicago Youth Symphony. When her father shatters her violin, and essentially her heart, Cassie's life takes a course that will shape her life.

I thought that Cassie's overall voice was fairly authentic. We watch as she goes through normal issues we all do growing up, like dating. The difference, of course, is that Cassie also has to deal with domestic violence
May 13, 2013 Shawna rated it it was ok
*I was provided a free copy from Netgalley for my honest review*

I wish I could say I really liked this book since it sounded fairly unique. Unfortunately I had a really hard time connecting with any of the characters. I understand the relationship that Cassie has with her violin, and the fact that it was an antique I can understand her being super upset with her father. But running away from home and handling the situation like she did just didn't remind me of a teenager. I honestly kept thinkin
Jessica Bronder
Jul 01, 2013 Jessica Bronder rated it it was amazing
Cassie is a teenage violin prodigy. But even though her life is going well with her solo, things at home are not going that well. Her father has a violent temper. He looses control and ends up breaking things like her mother’s vase, his computer, and Cassie’s violin. Having had enough, Cassie runs away from home. She figures she will go to her grandfather house, since he is the one that gave her the violin. But when she gets there, she doesn’t get the reaction she hoped she would.

She decides to
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Shattered is an amazing book! I have never read a book that has so much emotion in it. I have to say that from the minute I started reading it I did not want to put it down and I am so glad I didn't because it was an amazing read about love, abuse, and forgiveness.

Cassie is a brilliant accomplished Violinist. She is what everyone in the music world would call a prodigy. She can play the violin like no one's business and when she is playing she is in another world. She leaves all her troubles in
Nov 13, 2014 Alexa rated it liked it
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It’s difficult for me to decide how I feel about Shattered, but because I was able to finish it, I’d have to say that I was at least interested in the story.

Cassie – is it possible to want to hug someone and slap them silly at the same time? I admired her drive, dedication and passion for the violin. I thought she was fairly smart, though she did do a few stupid things when her emotions were running high.

Shattered examines many of the relationships in Cassie’s life,
Kathi Baron gives readers the story of Cassie, a fourteen-year-old violin soloist with the Chicago Youth Symphony. Cassie loves her antique violin, her cat, and does anything she can to avoid conflict with her dad. As her talent grows, though, so does his temper. Baron gives readers an authentic voice, bringing up issues of growing up, boys, domestic violence, and post-traumatic stress. What kept me from liking this story more, though, was it's lack of musical content. I'm no virtuoso, but even ...more
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This book didn't really do a whole lot for me. I thought for sure that I would like this one based on the realistic nature of the plot. Between the realistic characters and the domestic violence throwing in a wrench to this story, I was hoping for more.

Although I expected more from this, it was a good book. There just weren't the amount of emotions I had anticipated reading this. Kathi's writing is good, but it didn't spark the emotional responses it should have. In time, I think that she will h
Sep 21, 2010 Kim rated it did not like it
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I wasn't impressed with this book about a violinist with an angry father. First of all, unless readers are musicians, they won't understand the attachment she has to her violin. Secondly, the night on the streets information is rushed. Finally, the whole, my father beat me and he did that because his father sold his violin and now I throw things and scare you because the violin brought up memories thing is too simplified, and reads too much like an excuse. It didn't sit well with
David Johnson
Feb 16, 2010 David Johnson rated it it was amazing
A very sad and heartfelt book which it entails the story of a girl who loves playing the violin and her father breaks it. She runs away and learns that her father was abused by his father. She uses music to help others as a healing. The basic theme is conflict because the main charater deals with verbal abuse and she is put in a situation where she cannot handle the pressure with her father that ruins the family relationship
Apr 22, 2014 Lauren rated it it was ok
I liked the story and the subtle character development. The author had a really unique way of descriping the violin and its sounds. The story was pretty compelling but I felt like something was missing behind her dad and her grandpa. Their relationship felt inconclusive. All in all a decent and unique book.
Jan 19, 2014 Alanna rated it liked it
I was kind of if-y about this book at first. It seemed to be told a little too fast paced. I still don't have a solid opinion about the book but it was pretty good. The characters were great. My favorite being Nick, since I'm a big love-sap. Great book.
Brittany Benton
Jul 27, 2016 Brittany Benton rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous, stunning, beautifully woven Young Adult fiction. This tale manages to address cyclical abuse, young romance, spirituality, family dynamics & passion for the violin in a wispy, light & dark fashion...light & heavy, light & heavy. VERY prosey-style. Truly touched by the Goddess....
Aug 12, 2013 Meg rated it liked it
Shattered gives an interesting point of view from the eyes of a young violinist with an unstable dad. While it gets just a little cheesy in the middle, Shattered has decent writing and an interesting story.
Feb 13, 2015 Ashley marked it as dnf
I couldn't make it through this book. I gave up about pg 105 because the book was bland and stilted, and just too... perfectly timed and spaced. Nothing felt natural or realistic or believable and I had no investment in this story.
Pam Rivera
Dec 12, 2009 Pam Rivera rated it really liked it
A poignant, heartbreaking yet hopeful story of a shattered violin and a broken family. This was a beautifully written novel that examines the effects of violence on individuals and families and how truth, honesty and forgiveness are the paths to break the cycle. I'd recommend it highly.
Yahayra Herrera
Sep 24, 2012 Yahayra Herrera rated it really liked it
Shattered was a really interesting book it had many details of what was happening in the book Cassie suffered a lot with his dad as his dad suffered with her grandpa. She had the the chance of being a great violinist and her dad did not give her a chance.
Kris Nielsen
Jul 17, 2009 Kris Nielsen rated it it was amazing
This was fantastic, and very realistic about how a family has to put itself back together when the father becomes increasingly violent and smashed Cassie's violin.
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