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Not Broken, Just Bent

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  323 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Braving the start of high school, longtime childhood friends Benjamin Wells and Timmy Norton quickly realize they are entering a whole new world colored by their family responsibilities. Ben is trying to please his strict father; Timmy is taking care of his younger sisters. While their easy camaraderie is still comfortable, Ben notices Timmy growing distant and evasive, bu ...more
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Published November 14th 2013 by Harmony Ink (first published November 13th 2013)
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Trisha Harrington
This was an adorable story! Ben and Timmy were just such a cute couple when it came down to it. I felt Ben's regret and I understood why he felt the way he did, but I do wonder if it was better that they had some time apart. They were so young, and obviously not ready. I think it might have been problematic if they had been together from the beginning.

There is abuse in this book, but it isn't graphic. I think most people will be able to read it without issue.

If you like young adult books with tw
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So apparently I'm in a 'have my heart stomped to pieces' mood at the moment and who better than Mia Kerick to provide such reading material?

Not Broken Just Bent was a genuinely heartbreaking book, for many reasons. In that way that Mia Kerick has, she gets right inside the characters heads and hearts and gives us the truth of them - not a cleaned up, perfect version. I wonder if this is why I like YA so much? Often the characters are more real, not a stereo-type. They are fully rounded...*shrugs
3.75 Stars

A realistic coming-of-age story between two friends, with the perfect amount of drama in it.
I liked the characters and the plot is well written, but maybe the fact that it is easy to guess what was going to happen, the lack of the surprise factor, and because maybe is a little short and the resolution is given soon for my taste, is what I don't give the full 4 stars, but it is a recomended read if you like this kind of stories.
Stu Kane
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Not Broken, Just Bent is the story of two boys, Ben and Tim, who grow up as best friends and then realize in their high school years that their feelings for each other transcend friendship. What makes this a compelling story is the candor and sincerity of the narrative as told in a first person point of view by Ben, the main character. The author, Mia Kerick, does well to provide dialog and introspection that treats the subject matter with the right amount of respect and humor. Respect comes thr ...more
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a really lovely story of two boys who grow up together and face some pretty tough problems as they do so, problems that eventually tear them apart for a while at least.

Timmy and Benny were just meant to be together and I loved watching their relationship grow into a deep love. It's a hard road for them getting there, but that only makes their HEA even more satisfying.
LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
°•○★5 Stars ~ KAPOW!★○•°
A "Live Your Life, Buy The Book" Review

“He came over one night for dinner when we were eight years or so, after I’d found him playing on the swing set behind the trailer park a ways down the road, and he just kept on coming back.”

When Ben Wells first spots Timmy Norton on that swing set for the first time, they form an immediate bond and it sees the start of a wonderful friendship. Ben lives with his father, his mother having left them before he was even a year old. His f
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aa-recommend
This was a wonderful book about Benny and Timmy broken down by the time periods. Like Freshman Year Winter and such. It made me weepy, it made me happy, it made me extremely frustrated...I loved it. That being said, this is truly a YA novel. As in my 13 yr could safely read it. No sex. A little frotting, a little kissing but that's it. Would have a been a 5 star if there were at least a couple of scenes. Bummer!
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Realistic coming of age story about two boys, best friends. Full review on Booklikes.
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
My review will be posted on GGR-Review dot com.
Ulysses Dietz
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it

Mia Kerick has a way with teenage boys. They are all the same, and yet each one is unique. Straight or gay, they see the world with a combination of needy anxiety (which they fight not to express) and stubborn resistance (which they express readily). Writing YA novels about gay teens needs a delicate hand, and Kerick seems to have it.

Benny and Timmy are childhood friends. Best friends. As with all too many of the boys in Kerick’s novels, there are absent parents (not unlike most Disney movies,
Diamond Drake
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it
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Lisa The Novel Approach
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I completely loved watching these boys grow up together. The strength Timmy displayed while surviving his home life was offset by the vulnerability he only showed to Ben. At the same time, Ben was so used to people leaving him he felt he couldn’t be honest about his sexuality for fear he would lose his father. When Timmy and Ben are reunited, will they be able to move forward or will they both have to live with what could have been?

See the entire review at The Novel Approach: http://thenovelappr
Suki Fleet
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, ya
Initially, I was slightly hesitant to pick this book up as the title didn’t grab me, but after how much I loved ’The Red Sheet’ I thought I would give it a go (don’t judge a book by its cover and all that ,P).

Of course, I was not disappointed! Mia Kerick’ s style really draws you in and I was hooked on the story. There were certain parts of the book I could not stop reading until I knew how everything was going to be resolved! I love a story that can do that :) Lovely build up and a very sweet
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful coming of age tale of two best friends that gradually fell in love. It's hard to find two more perfect souls: Tim who lived in a trailer park, was abused by his stepfather and essentially had to raise his three little sisters and Ben, Tim's loyal friend, who struggled with being gay and ultimately felt that he failed Tim by knowing about the abuse but not doing anything about it. I would highly recommend this book to those who love stories of coming of age stories, y-a romanc ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sweet and sad and achingly beautiful!
Enjoyable realistic read of two young boys grappling with who they are as individuals, mates and as a couple.
That ws an awesome YA. No unnecessary drama, sweet guys, a great friendship and love and a HEA. Sometimes it's all I need.
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. I can be hard to please when it comes to mm romance but if you give me two childhood friends, a close emotional relationship that blossoms into romance, and some beautiful and touching hurt/comfort, then I’m pretty much sold tbh. This book gave me all of that and more, and I loved every second of it! Timmy and Ben had a beautiful love story and I was so happy to see Tim, my baby boy with his sweet, caring, loving soul, end up with the kind of life he deserved from the start.
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I think reading Not Broken, Just Bent is the fastest I have ever finished one of Mia Kerick's books. It has to do with one of the main characters, Ben Wells, who is the only point of view. As he ages throughout the story and his frame of mind goes through several changes, Ms. Kerick makes all those transitions so seamless, so fluid, that I just kept reading and reading. I knew time was passing, Ben was growing, and his ideas were evolving, but the story flows so smoothly I didn't think to stop a ...more
Rainbow Gold Reviews
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Tanja


I struggled a little getting into this story. The author is new to me as well as the writing style needed some getting used to it. As soon as I overcome those problems I really enjoyed the journey of Ben and Tim.

This story is told from Ben´s point of view and spans a time period of around four years although a huge part focuses on what happened at senior year in high school and the aftermath of it.

Ben met Tim at the age of eight and they are friends since then. Both have dif
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When Ben Wells first spots Timmy Norton on that swing set for the first time, they form an immediate bond and it sees the start of a wonderful friendship. Ben lives with his father, his mother having left them before he was even a year old. His father may be a little strict but it’s obvious he loves his son. He accepts Tim’s presence in Ben’s life right from the start, including him as part of their little family despite Tim’s family being regarded as ‘trailer trash’. Ben’s father knows that Tim ...more
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5* rounded up

Some YA books are enthralling and exciting for adults just as any other adult title. This book though is a YA story for a pure YA audience.

So, I find it interesting and not easy at all to write a review while separating that concept from the overall enjoyment of the book.

These character’s voices are unique, simple and genuine.

There are no high expectations, there are grammar complications, even the language and style of the dialogue is simple, easy to follow.

Everyday life, everyda
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

Having read Mia Kerick's The Red Sheet not that long ago and really enjoying it, I was looking for other books by her...this one stood out so I thought I would give it a go and it didn't disappoint.

I loved this one almost as much as The Red Sheet - I may have even liked the characters more. The characters were amazing young men that I just adored throughout. I am not joking when I say that my heart HURT for them, so much! while I was reading this, especially around the middle of the bo
T.M. Smith
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars

The story is told from Ben’s POV as he relives their story, his and Timmy’s. Ben and Tim, as their friends call them, are pretty much inseparable until normal adolescent problems and hidden feelings start to get in the way. Ben is trying so hard to please his unpleasable father while Tim is dealing with issues of his own. He starts to pull away from Ben, partying and doing drugs. When Tim realizes he has feelings for Ben that go beyond friendship and tries to explore them, Ben shuts h
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013, mm
Full review can be found herE:

So I am not a huge reader of Young Adult fiction. It isn't that I don't think highly of those authors willing to take on a very difficult genre (especially dealing with issues pertinent to GLBTQ youth), it just generally escapes my radar until someone says "You need to read this". Well one such title kept catching my attention... I think it was actually the cover that caught me first. Just look at it (you know up at the top of
J.g. Murphy
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a bit different. It's not all about sex. Um, what?! A male/male romance novel that isn't slick with lube? I was sort of wondering when the sex would emerge, but then I found that I was engrossed in the story of Ben Wells and Tim Norton. The boys have been friends since middle school, and the development of their stories is amazing. They are best friends, but both have their own secrets. Even though they more or less know each others deepest thoughts, and that guides almost all of th ...more
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Not Broken Just Bent tells the story of how two young rural boys fall in love over time, and at first it doesn't have the feeling of a gay romance. They are just two boys, doing what boys do, like fishing, going to baseball games, eating lots of pizza. Soon it becomes clear that Timmy is dealing with some tougher things in his life, that he and Ben both try to sweep under the rug. As that is happening, their relationship starts to evolve from friendship into something more. Ben attempts to deny ...more
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really got into this book very much. I love Mia Kerick's books- they are always filled with emotions and one of the characters is usually very sweet and nice so you just want to hug him. Tim and Ben were very regular boys growing up together in a small NH town. They act just like ordinary boys and do all the things boys I know do. In high school, they start to have stronger feelings for each other, and in private, they act on it to some extent, but they never talk about it. Another thing they ...more
CR Guiliano
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
First, let me say that it takes an exceptional book for me to pick it up and read it through to the end in one sitting. That said, when I started Not Broken, Just Bent by Mia Kerick, I was captured right from the beginning. I’m not a huge fan of first person point of view, especially when that point of view is only one character throughout the whole story, but Mia has such a way of writing it, that you feel as if Ben is right there, sitting next to you and telling you his life story. I was also ...more
E. Summers
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
There was a lot to like about this book. I enjoyed seeing the build-up of the relationship between Ben and Tim, being able to watch them grow up together and grow closer and closer. I'd say I thoroughly enjoyed the first two-thirds of the book, right up until the "pivotal moment," where the two boys were separated. The story fell apart for me at that point, mostly because of the way everyone reacted. I get the fact that boys at that age are immature, and that could explain some of the head-scrat ...more
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Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—one in law school, another at a dance conservatory, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son still in high school. She has published more than twenty books of LGBTQ romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and rev

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