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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,272 Ratings  ·  206 Reviews

Diagnosed with a rare and untreatable heart condition, Scarlet has come to terms with the fact that she’s going to die. Literally of a broken heart. It could be tomorrow, or it could be next year. But the clock is ticking…

All Scarlet asks is for a chance to attend high school—even if just for a week-a chance to be just like
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire (first published January 1st 2013)
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Susan Arnold
This book was an incredibly easy read; the longest chapter was about five pages.
And the fact that it was such an easy read is the only reason I continued to read it. I didn't not like the book, though I was disgusted by the way the characters acted in the beginning (what high school would let children act that way???).
Towards the end, about 200 pages in, is when it became a nail-biting page-turner. The reviews plastered on the back cover praised the book for its action and suspense, but I was di
Nov 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, blog-tours
3.5 Stars

When I first heard about Broken and read the synopsis, I was intrigued because it was based on the author's own experience as a physician, as well as being based on a condition called Long QT, which she had diagnosed in her own niece. Those two things combined with the fact that the book is labeled a YA thriller quickly captured my attention. I was also a bit leery because I was afraid it might be a tearjerker because of the gravity of the heart condition that the main character had. Le
Kelly Hager
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I seem to be in a little bit of a pattern lately. I've been going into books expecting one thing and getting something completely different. (Generally, unrealized expectations aren't super great, but in these cases, it's excellent because every book has been better than it would've been had it been what I was counting on going into the book.)

For Scarlet, every day she survives is a little bit of a miracle. She's been diagnosed with Long QT, which affects her heart. You know how, after you exerc
Liza Wiemer
I met CJ Lyons at the 2013 YA Author/Blogger Rooftop Party. A few lucky people received a copy of her debut YA novel BROKEN, thanks to her publisher, Sourcebooks Fire. (Thank you, Derry!!) CJ Lyon is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous adult medical mystery novels. She also has a plenty of experience in the medical field as a pediatric ER doctor.

Wow! BROKEN is so different from other YA novels that I think fans of YA will find it refreshing. It’s medical mystery brillia
Aug 19, 2013 rated it liked it
I didn't know much about this book, which is the way I like it. The less I know about it, the less I can judge. The problem with that is I don't usually give books I don't know much about a lot of time if I'm not enjoying them. I started off not liking this because I thought it seemed ridiculous that an extremely sick girl who almost died would get bullied for having her heart condition. That teachers and other students wouldn't stick up for her or even do anything for her. I don't like books ab ...more
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've never read a book by CJ Lyons before, but I know I will again. I knew she wrote adult thrillers and her latest, Broken, is her YA debut. I went into this book with a certain expectation and was completely surprised by the ending.

What was the surprise? I can't tell you without spoiling the book!! However, I can tell you all what I loved about the book before the ending.

Fifteen-year-old Scarlet Killian is finally getting the chance to be a normal teenager. After years spent battling a rare he
Talk Supe
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Braine's Talk Supe review

BROKEN is such a powerful story not just because of the issues it tackled but how it was written. I'm not surprised that this has been nominated in this year's RT Awards for Book of the Year. CJ Lyons wrote an amazing story about a teen who's woes proved to be larger than the novel itself. BROKEN is not just about a teen trying to live through the day, it's about friendship, hope and surviving. And don't be mistaken, BROKEN may appear as this sob story about a dying girl
Barbara Garren
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book last weekend, just as I finished up another great read. I had no idea what "Broken" was about, and had not read any of the author's previous books. Of course, now I'm closing in on fan-girl status and will have to read ALL of her books, as soon as possible!

"Broken" took me by surprise - it's a carefully written tale of absolutely awful, realistic horrors you normally only hear of on the news. It had my heart hammering and my palms sweating and I
Benish K (Beenazai)
Dec 22, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Broken has a good concept, but it was quite flawed. Scarlet has a rare and untreatable heart condition, she thinks she will die literally of a broken heart. So, Scarlet chooses to attend a public high school - even thought she might not have that much time left. She's taunted there and teased by several classmates. This story also had bullying in it which I liked that it touched base on it, but it felt too short and the potential was wasted. I expected a lot more from this book, since I had hear ...more
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting
John W.
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After reading C.J. Lyons', "Broken", I knew I had to write a review recommending the book as a must read. It has taken me three days to gather my thoughts on Lyons' story of a 15 year old young woman who has been home schooled due to a life threatening medical condition. Scarlet is entering public school for the first time as a high school sophomore. In a very short time Scarlet experiences life changing situations for everyone around her. C.J. Lyons's shows in Broken how Scarlet's willingness t ...more
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, first-reads, own, fiction
4.5 stars
Set Backs. Near Misses. Just in Case. Risks. Nothing Good. Welcome to the world of Scarlet Killian. Scarlet has been sick with Long QT Syndrome for as long as she can remember. Her heart can go off rhythm on its own and kill her instantly, nothing like living in fear 24/7. Scarlet has been homeschooled her entire life and this year she has persuaded her parents into letting her go to the public high school. Of course, her parents put a stipulation in place for this freedom, she has one
Debbie Narh

Broken is told to be a thriller, which it is, but not until the very last half of the middle does that even come to play. Is it exciting? Not the beginning but definitely the ending. If it weren't for the twist during the near ending of the mid-section, this book would have been a boring facsimile of every book ever written about a dying girl trying to make the best out of her last days. There are the mean bullies, the love triangle, the outcast friends, as well as the overprotective parents. L
I'd So Rather Be Reading {Nat}
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
Wow, this book was good! I started Broken thinking it was going to go in a predictable direction, and Lyons blew my expectations out of the water. Broken is contemporary YA, but it's also a thriller, and a great one at that! My heart was racing for the last 45 minutes or so of the story....not such a good idea for reading right before bed, because I was very revved up by the time I finished reading (and of course I had to finish before I could go to sleep!).

Scarlet has been sick for her whole l
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with this book before the first chapter was even complete. Really--yes, this is unusual for me to say so as I like to make my decisions when I am finished with the novel, but in this case, there was simply no doubt in my mind that what I had before me was a truly great book. Now that I have finished the book, I can definitely say that I was right. It is a great book.

Scarlet was a character that I could get close to right away for many reasons. Her internal voice was so honest rig
Medeia Sharif
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Scarlet has always been sick. She has a weak heart, has had numerous surgeries, and carries around her own heart defibrillator. She strikes a deal with her parents in regards to going to a regular high school and trying it out for a shot at normalcy. She’s never been immersed in the life of best friends, boyfriends, parties, gossip, and the like. Any little thing can set her heart off beating rapidly, which might mean another hospitalization. Her father is usually out of town for his job and she ...more
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sheltered Scarlet Killian wants a chance at the life of a normal high-school girl. But she's barely convinced her overprotective parents that she'll be alright, especially her nurse stepmom. But Scarlet has spent her life in the hospital due to a rare heart disease, and she wants to live.

I loved the depiction of Scarlet's high-school life. It was a nice balance of the better parts of high school and the bad parts. She gets bullied by some jocks due to her portable defibrillator, which she carrie
Kristin Woolwine
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book broken was about a girl named scarlet killan and how she wanted to be a normal girl and go to school. This book is more for young adults and kids in high school not little kids. As you read this book you start to see the challenges that each of characters face. There will also be some points in the book that will shock you as we'll. This book also has a lot of leave you wanting more moments to and have you always at the edge.

In my opinion I loved the book I couldn't really find anything
Gerry Bartlett
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, young-adult
This is one of the new genre, young adult mysteries. I happen to love books with a medical vibe to them and CJ Lyons is a doctor so you can trust that she got the medical issues in this book right. Scarlet has spent most of her life in hospitals, suffering from a rare heart disease. Her prognosis isn't good. She's never attended public school, just been home schooled by her overprotective stepmom who is also a nurse. But now she's finally got a chance to go to high school, defibrillator in tow. ...more
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
C.J. Lyons never fails to keep you on your toes whether it be an adult or YA book. The mysteries within the mysteries of this well written medical thriller will keep you turning the pages and hoping for a happy ending. The ending may not be what you expect or want but I feel it was a necessary part of this book. If you are looking for medical authenticity... Look no further. C. J. Lyons is an ER pediatric physician. The YA genre doesn't have much to offer in the medical genre. More medical thril ...more
Scarlet was diagnosed with Long QT which means that her heart could pretty much stop working at any moment. She is determined to live while she can, and has finally negotiated with her overly protective stepmom for one week trial period at the local high school. This was her week.

Why I started this book: It's been on my list for so long, I can't even remember why I bought it. In fact, starting out I thought it was an adult romance novel... you would too if you saw the other cover.

Why I finished
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
SHOCKING! That's about all I want to say because much of anything else and I might give the story away. Suffice it to say that this is a heartbreaking story about Cia, a girl with a heart disease that "labels" her as a freak to most of her peers at new school she enrolled in so that she could have a taste of being "normal" after being home schooled and knowing that she could die at any time.

It's so painful to see how cruel one human being can be to another, especially due to something so devast
Aug 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Wish I could give it 2.5 stars.

The first several chapters read like a self-pitying broken record:

My poor broken heart could kill me at any minute. I just want to have a chance to be a normal teenager. That totally hot guy looked at me and now I'm in love! My mom's kind of creepy, right?

My body's trying to kill me. I have to live life now, before I drop dead. Wait, some other hot guy accidentally touched my arm and now I'm in love! My mom's a real weirdo, dontcha think?

And so on ad nauseam.

Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wasn't what I was expecting, but WOW!!!!
Had to read the last 2 hours until finished.
Had suspicions half way through the book, but thought "No"

Well told.

Apr 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started off strong - I almost couldn't put it down for the first half. Second half dragged a bit, especially since I figured out the twist pretty early on.
Jennifer Kinney
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ok I knew this was going to have a negative twist about 1/3 in or earlier, and I predicted what it was. But it really drew me in.
Remi Baillie
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
i thought this book was great, it was different and i never wanted to put the book down
Erica Alyson
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good and entertaining but there really is no element of surprise. It is pretty easy to see where the story is going but all in all it was a fun read.
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
C.J. Lyons has been a favorite author of mine since her 'Angels of Mercy' series, so although I don't specifically look for YA books, I figured one by Lyons would probably be pretty good. The premise is similar to another book I read earlier this year, 'Everything, Everything' in that the lead character is a high school aged girl who has spent her life isolated from society due to serious medical concerns. 'Broken' finds heart patient Scarlet Killian finally leaving her sheltered world, having r ...more
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
Broken is the story of 15 year old Scarlet Killian. Ever since Scarlet can remember she has been sick. She hasn't been able to live a normal life like kids her age because she has Long QT and her heart can decide to kill her at any moment. Tired of being an outsider, different, Scarlet convinces her father and mother to let her prove herself and go to a normal high school for at least a week. Completely out of her element Scarlet is faced with bullying, friendships and crushes right off the bat. ...more
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