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Shatter Me

(Shatter Me #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  289,898 ratings  ·  28,989 reviews
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"You can't touch me," I whisper.

I'm lying, is what I don't tell him.

He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him.

But things happen when people touch me.

Strange things.

Bad things.

No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.

But Juliette has plans on
ebook, 368 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by HarperCollins
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Emily May

This is not a dystopia, it is a romance. This is not a novel, it is a collection of similes and metaphors, most of which do not make sense. I originally gave Shatter Me two stars because that's my sort of kneejerk reaction to books I don't like, but after thinking it over for a while, I can't recall anything positive about it that would justify a rating of more than one star.

You're probably assuming - correctly - that I went into this book with low expectations. This is completely true. Any
I know many found this book to have a very unique writing style, but I can't help but think how terrible and awkwardly written it was.

The writing:
Mafi's style of writing varies. Let me categorize.

This doesn't even make sense writing:

"I catch the rose petals as they fall from my cheeks, as they float around the frame of my body, as they cover me in something that feels like the absence of courage."

"He says it with a small smile the size of Jupiter."

I'm picturing this in my head and it's not pret
Rachel E. Carter
MY PRECIOUS IS NOW SIGNED BY TAHEREH!!! I can die of happiness now <3


In case y'all didn't know, not only was this book optioned by Warner Bros as a movie, it has now been optioned as a TV SHOW BY ABC STUDIOS -with Tahereh as a producer.


This better happen. I am not joking. I am tired of great books (cough, cough: The Song of the Lioness Quartet and The Dust Lands Trilogy: Blood Red Road; Rebel Heart; Raging Star) not becoming movies or TV shows after they are optioned. Dear book gods (and I know
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
I deserve a medal for finishing this book.

Like, the Olympic gold medal in the Anti-DNF Games, people.

*Rant Ahead*

It took me three months to finish this book.
THREE. (Not 3, Miss Mafi)

Now, normally, I would have tossed this book out the window like an overwrought Silver Linings Playbook Bradley Cooper, being that I AM the queen of the heartless page 15 DNF; however, I find that I have a harder time DNFing something when I am 1) Reading a physical copy as opposed to a digital copy, and 2) When I a
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Juliette describing Adam’s eyes

“...perfect shade of cobalt, blue like a blossoming bruise, clear and deep and decided”

“…careful, curious”

“… 2 buckets of rainwater; deep, fresh, clear”

“…blue and bottomless like the deepest part of the ocean”


“…as tight as his fists as tight as the strain in his arms”

“…bottomless blue”

“…blue blue blue”

“…midnight moment filled with memories, the only windows into my world”

“… always shining the darkness”

“…two pools of perfection, open, honest, humble”

“…a sha
Whitney Atkinson
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Kat Kennedy
Shat­ter Me, oth­er­wise known as: When Cre­ative Writ­ing Class Goes Wrong.

I am all for exper­i­men­tal writ­ing, for stretch­ing your abil­i­ties and try­ing to find fresh ways to express ideas. Occa­sion­ally you end up with genius, but most of the time you result in pre­ten­tious, awk­ward prose that stick in the prover­bial craw of read­ers. This book is that writ­ing. There are plenty of exam­ples that I can give as evi­dence – but I shall stick with two rel­a­tively short ones:

“His eyes s
I always wonder about raindrops.
I wonder about how they’re always falling down, tripping over their own feet, breaking their legs and forgetting their parachutes as they tumble right out of the sky toward an uncertain end. It’s like someone is emptying their pockets over the earth and doesn’t seem to care where the contents fall, doesn’t seem to care that the raindrops burst when they hit the ground, that they shatter when they fall to the floor, that people curse the days the drops dare to tap
Steph Sinclair
“I always wonder about raindrops.

I wonder about how they're always falling down, tripping over their own feet, breaking their legs and forgetting their parachutes as they tumble right out of the sky toward an uncertain end. It's like someone is emptying their pockets over the earth and doesn't seem to care where the contents fall, doesn't seem to care that the raindrops burst when they hit the ground, that they shatter when they fall to the floor, that people curse the days the drops dare to
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog!

This was something...and I liked it.


Okay so the first 200 pages were like the dullest,cheesiest romance bullshit,like the level of cheesiness was above normal,and you know how I feel about that.I sometimes thought to quit,but god,I am glad I didn't.You know when you loose all the hope but then one things clings and you see the light again? Omega Point was that for me.Like my thoughts about this book changed 100 percent.There are 3

The Burning Rose (Jess)
4/5 stars.
The only reason I gave this book 4 and not 5 stars is because I really dislike Adam and Juliette as a couple.
Juliette “loved” Adam because he was the only one who was nice to her, the only one who noticed her when they were kids. It hasn't changed. He can touch her, and she- the girl who has never been touched, the girl whose whole life she wanted to feel loved- she “fell in love” with him.
Now, I'm pretty sure she's confused between love and this new feeling she loves, the feeling that
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I’m unhauling this whole series and canceled my preorder of the new book. I’m changing my views and cleaning house. Sucks these books look damn good on the bookshelf though!! I will always love Warner though.

Picture by George Redhawk

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
shady boots
By the way, check out this fan made poster for the movie, if there ever was one.

Made by skellingt0n on deviantART.

I looove it! Exactly how I would picture a movie poster for this book.


I read this book in one sitting.

For five hours, I read this. It was a school night and I stayed up all night. That's how much this book pulled me.

I know that there are many people who didn't like this book, some even hate it, but... Gah, it was just so awesome to me! It's definitely one of those bo
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
I seriously don’t know why it took me so long to dig my claws into this book, but I definitely know that I don’t regret doing it! ;-)

“Shatter me” was an awesome read and I enjoyed it immensely! There were so many things I loved about this book and whilst it is true that many people complained about the writing style, I have to admit that I actually loved it.

“Hope is hugging me, holding me in its arms, wiping away my tears and telling me that today and tomorrow and two days from now I will be ju
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
(2.5?) The lack of world building is one of my main issues with this book (even though it seems like things will be explained in book 2... a full book with little world building is boring!).
I didn't love the writing and the characters felt very one dimensional.

Kinda felt like another YA dystopian world with a love triangle and an incredibly pretty main character - even after spending over 6 months isolated, underfed... and the fact that she hasn't seen herself in the mirror in 3 years... Her bea
may ➹
usually I am nostalgic and like to look back on the past to see how much I’ve grown, but this review was just..... so embarrassing. I want to sink in a hole every time I get a notification that someone liked this in 2020. so! I would like to keep just these two lines from 2017:

- my first reaction when I finished the book was: thank god it’s over
- “He says it with a small smile the size of Jupiter.”—Jupiter is not small... Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system......

// buddy read with
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

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It's not easy being Queen of Literary Trash. Between YA and bodice-rippers, I read more "bad" books than most elitist snobs will see in their entire lifetime. But then, I consider myself a connoisseur of the so-called trashy arts. There are two kinds of "bad" books. There are the books that tell good stories and while they aren't highbrow literature, they are still fun to read and if you can let go of your snobbery long enough to enjoy t

Insufferable whiny bitch.
“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.”

The story unfolds slowly and is narrated in first person by Juliette.
Initially, I was confused because there were so many strikings and Juliette's obsession with numbers was something that potentially annoyed me and I didn't quite understand why it was written that way. It was only later that I realised that all of it was hinting to Juliette's state of mind, and in that aspect, it was
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
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How awesome was this book? Well,I am going to tell you. Pretty darn awesome!

I am not very good at convincing people to read the books I loved so I am going to write this review without any pressure.

Here are some arguments:

1. if you are (like myself) a fan of X-Men,you will love it,or else...

2. If you are (like myself) a fan of strong and smart leading character like Juliet,you will love it.

3. If you are (like myself) a fan of totally shagable and caring guy like Adam,you wil
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Jun 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink by: Harriet
Shelves: dystopian-scifi
MKAY. First of all. I actually liked this but I must rant.. I must... then I promise to go to book 2 immediately.


I swear, if the writing hadn’t been so awkwardly aghhh… this book would have been a 4 star book. No, it was not just the strikeouts and crazy reputations. It wasn’t even the unfinished sentences.

Please please please explain to me how you come up with sentences like this…

“He’s so wrong he’s so wrong he’s more wrong than an upside-down rainbow”


Aug 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: author-of-colour
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This is gooooooooood.


I'm not giving it 5 stars because, even if I admire the shit out of the author's style and talent, the writing is a bit too pretentious at times (hyperbole thy name is Tahereh Mafi), and I really don't care much about the whole Adam/Juliette thing, which unfortunately, occupies a huge part of the story.
If you know me, you know I am a pro at ignoring ships that the authors clearly want you to root for.
I don't trust Adam and his and Juliette's feelings for each othe
I am Bastet
This book is pretty darn bad. This book is pretty darn bad.

Oh, darn, did I miss the point of the strikethroughs?
Megs ♥
Didn't finish. I simply stopped reading this book today, and it wasn't because it was boring or anything like that. I just did not care for Mafi's writing style. The over use of metaphors and strikeout tools caused a constant distraction, and the book was just not interesting enough for me to want to struggle through something that annoyed me so much.

The book (well what I got to, anyway) read like a super annoying IM by a 12 year old girl that just learned what a metaphor is. Do we REALLY need
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
Re-Read (11/02/2018)

I enjoyed it as much as I thought I would. I missed the characters a lot so I spent a great time accompanying them in this adventure, I know that it is not the best book in the world and I know that alot of people can't stand it, but personally, even though I'm aware of certain problems in it, I can't stop loving it. Shatter Me is one of those books that have made me love reading even more and will always be in my heart. I can't wait to continue with my re-reading in prepa
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
pretty sure my most extreme opinion is: adam is, and always will be, better than warner.

never have i felt so strongly about something and i will defend him until my last breath. hes perfect.

feels good to get that off my chest. lol.
Jillian -always aspiring-
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who won't mind a character's voice built on pretty prose as a kind of coping mechanism
(Note: Goodreads friends and followers, you know me by now. You know that, even as much as I love a book, my reviews aren't always a resounding, "Oh my goodness, you need to READ THIS NOW! YOUR LIFE WILL BE SO MUCH FULLER BECAUSE OF IT!" I'm not that naive or arrogant to think that the books I love will be the books you love. Instead, my reviews are...chronicles of the experiences I had with books, and if that can help you decide whether certain books will be for you or not, then I'll be all the ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christy by: Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!
“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.”

Holy hell… this one was intense! Shatter Me has been on my TBR for YEARS, but one of my book friends/favorite book pushers insisted I get to it ASAP. So I did. This book was addicting. I listened to the audio book in 2 days and can’t wait to get to the next one. I have mixed feelings about what’s going on and I can’t wait to see what happens next! I find both of the g
Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

“Raindrops are my only reminder that clouds have a heartbeat.
That I have one, too.”

Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Juliette was in a prison cell for nearly one year trying to survive her life in a dark, lonely room. There was no one to talk to, nothing to read, to do.
She only had a small notebook where she wrote down her feelings, her thoughts. She poured her heart out into this pages. The guilt, the loneliness of never touching anyone.
But then she got a new cell mate. A boy with blue eyes, that she remembe
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