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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  1,423 ratings  ·  295 reviews
In the next 72 hours, Kenna may lose everything—her friends, her freedom, and maybe even herself. One kiss of the blade was all it took to get her sent to the psych ward for 72 hours. There she will face her addiction to cutting, though the outcome is far from certain.

When fifteen-year-old Kenna is found cutting herself in the school bathroom, she is sent to a facility for
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by HarperTeen
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
trigger warning for self harm

I probably wouldn't have finished this book if it wasn't written in verse and if it wasn't as short as it was. I respect that the author tackled a very serious topic and I thought that telling this story in verse worked very well. I just didn't really feel like we got to know the main character very well and what she was going through, we only get this very short section of her life. It would've been nice to know more about her, instead of just immediately being intr
Emily May
Apr 02, 2014 rated it liked it
On second thought
maybe it's the little problems
that pile up the worst.
Deeper and darker.
One after another.

Until there's no light at all.

3 1/2 stars. I thought this little book of verse was well-written for the most part, with some parts making a greater impression on me than others. It deals with the subject of self-harming in a sensitive, evocative and informative way. I especially liked how the author explored different reasons for why people self-harm and the possibility that sometimes th
Mar 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc
I missed the fact that this was a verse novel before I started it, but for me this was a pleasant surprise. Having been introduced to verse novels only recently, I've developed a liking to them. I love how raw, honest, and candid they are. Plus they feel like extremely quick reads, as if you're just flying through. This one in particular, at only 220 some odd pages, can be read in mere minutes. The disadvantage of such a short novel, though, is that it lacks the emotional oomph and depth that I ...more
Sep 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Extremely undeveloped characters... Weird-ass romance. Too many references to Obvious Teenage Things like Tumblr, John Green, fandoms, and Supernatural. Felt like reading an unfinished book. Not worth your time.

In the author's note: "So I spent hundreds of hours researching the blogs and Tumblr pages of countless teens struggling with self-harm." Yeah, I can tell.

Trigger warning: abuse, addiction, self-harm
Tanja (Tanychy)
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It's not new that I love reading books with issues, and honestly that's the only type of contemporary books that I still enjoy. So when I saw Kiss of the Broken Glass for the first time it was hard not to be intrigued by it. I'm happy to inform you that this book was everything I hoped it would be.

Kenna, our main character in this story is a teen girl who when looked from the outside had a really normal teen life. What many parents ignore is that school hig
Max S
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh this was such a hauntingly realistic novel.

It called out to all people struggling with self-harm and not just that issue. As an aspiring author, I thought that the writing weaved into the story beautifully and it created an illustrious picture of the main character and her hopes to become someone who doesn't have to feel a burden upon her shoulders.

Inspiring, informative language was represented as a monumental shadowing within the book, the prose mixing with elements of surprise and exotic c
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
**4/4.5 stars**

Originally posted at: http://iliveforreading.blogspot.com/2...

Of course, when I first saw this book, I was drawn to the cover immediately. THAT TYPOGRAPHY. THAT GLASS. THAT EVERYTHING. When I got the chance to review this book, I swooped at it. I mean, come on, THAT COVER. However, I didn’t know that it was a novel in verse. I haven’t read one in ages, and I love novels written in verse because not only are they really fast to read, but also has a lyrical quality that prose someti
I was fortunate enough to be able to read this book. This book reminds me a bit of Ellen Hopkins' emotional and pain-riddled tales.

The book is about a girl named Kenna, who is found cutting in the girls' rest room and finds herself in the psychiatric ward for a 72-hour evaluation.

In the 3 days that follow, Kenna re-evaluates her life and draws inspiration from those around her. She tries to resist the urge of the kiss, to turn over a new leaf...but the ending isn't as clear as I would have hoped
Okay, well, after further reflection, I'm realizing this book bothered me more that I originally thought. I have no issues with reading about cutting. I do, however, have an issue with reading about girls who've turned cutting into a popularity contest. While I am aware that this actually happens and can escalate into larger issues, because of my own personal experience with cutting (there, I said it) I found myself extremely frustrated while/after reading this. No disrespect to the author; I'm ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of my main goals in 2018 is to lower my tbr to a more reasonable number (I know, let's all look at that goal and laugh. It will probably never happen). Audiobooks have been helping me do that a lot recently. I discovered that the audiobook of Kiss of Broken Glass was only about 2 hours, so I decided to listen to it in my downtime. I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed it.

Kiss of Broken Glass is one of those books that I probably would have passed on reading had I not discovered the audiobook. Co
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Kenna is hospitalized under a mandatory 72 hour hold following cutting herself at school.

KISS OF THE BROKEN GLASS tells the tale of a girl who begins to self-harm as a way to fit in with other girls. In the Author's Note, Madeleine Kuderick tells of her daughter's similar story. Kuderick did ample research on this little known form of self injury that starts for social reasons (although girls who aren't psychologically vulnerable won't fall prey to such peer pressure) and becomes addictive. Such
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Would have been greatly improved by taking out the shallow and ultimately pointless romance subplot.
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I received this free eARC in exchange for my honest review.

When I first got this book, I wasn't sure what I was walking into. Sure it was about a girl cutting herself. But the way the author wrote this as if she actually knew what was going on? How it felt? How addicting it was? That blew my mind.

No, I've never done this before, nor do I want to ever in the future. The way Kenna couldn't stop thinking about it, wanting to do it all of the time, the way she would get a horrible urge to find ANY
Katie Fritz
Oct 23, 2014 rated it liked it
When Kenna Keagan gets caught cutting herself in her school's bathroom, she gets sent to the Adler Boyce Pediatric Stabilization Facility. Here she meets Skylar, Donya, and Jag. They all have their own problems, whether they want to admit it or not. Throughout Kenna's 72 hour stay, she goes through therapy sessions, nightmares, and at least a little bit of drama. But in a school where cutting is the only way to be accepted, where scars are shown like awards, can you ever really stop?
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I liked this book okay. It was a quick read on a topic that I don't normally choose to read. This is a book about peer pressure, wanting to fit in and poor decision making. It was sad that she chose to hurt herself just to please her "friend".

I think it was because this book was written in verse that was why it felt a bit choppy to me. I can't say I liked the main character much, but there were some other characters that intrigued me. The ending was nice w
Apr 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
"So I spent hundreds of hours researching the blogs and Tumblr pages of countless teens struggling with self-harm."

Page 48. I'm done.


You want to read a book that prettifies and instructs on self harm?

Here you go. Have at it.
Saruuh Kelsey
4.5 stars

Not an enjoyable sort of book but one I'm glad I read. I loved the voice, and the writing style, and I thought the author did a really respectful job of writing self harm. I also liked that the book spans just 72 hours. Definitely recommend.
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Kiss of Broken Glass" is about a 15 year old girl who's been caught cutting herself in school. She is subsequently sent for a mandatory 72 hour hold in a psychiatric facility with other children and teens. I immediately liked this book because I am a mom, and a nurse who formerly worked in a psychiatric facility with children and teens. The book, itself, reminded me of a modern day "Lisa Bright and Dark." It was a short read and the visual imagery was excellent. It's not too often that you come ...more
Gray Cox
1000 stars. Books like this are so important, and this book tackled the topic so well.
Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)
This book was so depressing yet beautiful. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the story because on one hand, it was so short, but since it was written in verse it just worked. I’ve only read a few verse books and they seem to be hit or miss for me. Sometimes the writing reminds me too much of a haiku poem that an elementary student could put together. Too many random words forming non-sentences. In this case, I really liked the verse style writing. It had that lyrical and poetic feel to it, ...more
Jul 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Rating 3.5

First thing I want to say is that I love books in verse. There is just something about them that is so much more powerful than your typical books in my opinion. Maybe its because since you only have so many words every one has to count or maybe its just that this type of book speaks to me differently. Whatever it is I know I need more of these in my life.

Okay moving on...Kiss of Broken Glass tells the tale of Kenna and what happens when peer pressure turns dangerous. To fit in Kenna ha
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It does not affect the outcome of my opinion in any way.

If there is one thing you can probably figure out from reading this blog is just how much I enjoy a tough issues book. It is a category I think is both absolutely necessary and fascinating. I also love the fluidity and beauty of a book told in verse. It is something unexpected and perfect to then find Kiss of Broken Glass, which is the culmination of both of these things — the
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Huge thank you to the publisher for letting me read an advanced copy of this. I'm writing this honest review to say thank you

Well damn, I read that in five hot minutes. I actually wasn't planning on reading this until closer to the release, but I was bored and flipped through my kindle on my train ride to work and landed on this and had no idea what it was about so I started to read and kinda got sucked in and suddenly I was half way through (this thing is short and a FAST read).

The writing is
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
From the outside, Kiss of Broken Glass looks like a really short book, but it’s SO FAR from that. Each and every page is filled with hurt, pain, anger, and a wide array of other emotions. It’s dark, emotional and meaningful.

After being caught cutting her wrists in the school bathroom, Kenna is sent off to a physic ward, where she is suppose to do some serious “healing”. But with the constant urge to cut or hurt herself, Kenna is having a really hard time.

Kenna has to spend the next three days lo
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Huge thank you to HarperTeen and Edelweiss for this ARC!

Kiss of Broken Glass is a pretty unique book in the sense that it's written entirely in verse. I can't say I've read too many books that are written in verse, but what I can say is that the way Kuderick handles the style is pretty fantastic.

Kenna's voice is crystal clear, and what I adore about this story is how disturbing it is. I never really thought about "cutting competitions" as being a real things, but it really makes you wonder about
Aug 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: issues
This review may contain spoilers but probably not because there were no twists or surprises in the book to even spoil.

What the double hockey sticks was that ending? Kiss of Broken Glass takes place during the 3 days Kenna is in a psych hospital for self injury and ends with her... just... leaving. Did I miss the climax? Was there a climax? Did the other characters have any purpose at all?
Alright, being an understanding reader and considering Kenna's story is a fictionalized version of what happe
marisa inez
Like cutting books I've read they tend to be about the usual assumed reasons for cutting.
But this one
ok done

This perfectly described.....everything. And it gave /words/ and i am emotional. It was /insanely/ relate-able.
um just fyi this is a cutting book so if you struggle with cutting the first half is a pretty big trigger. I read it in one sitting so it was less of a problem.
I appreciate how it didn't end all I SPENT 72 HOURS IN PSYCH
angel gibson
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had such a connection.❤️
Danny Jacobs
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was heart wrenching, fast, and oddly inspiring.

It digs deep into the psychology of cutting not for suicidal sake but because of the addiction of the adrenaline rush, and even how some kids get started due to the dark "fashion sense" of cutting in outcast cliques in schools.

The scenes are deep and intense, emotional, and beautifully written where I didn't feel like i needed a break between parts. Each chapter is short, more like brief journal entries and it made it feel honest with the
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am so, so torn about this book, guys, I don’t even know how to formulate the words. I didn’t get angry with the content or anything, but at the same time, I wasn’t moved to tears either. On top of that, I’m not overwhelmed with the “meh” feeling that can sometimes kill a book. I definitely have conflicting emotions with regards to the content AND the style, but it’s hard to really get a grasp on exactly how I feel.

Books about self harm hit close to home; I generally stay away from them, but ev
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Madeleine Kuderick grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, a community with rich literary tradition, where she was editor-in-chief of the same high school newspaper that Ernest Hemingway wrote for as a teen. She studied journalism at Indiana University before transferring to the School of Hard Knocks where she earned plenty of bumps and bruises and eventually an MBA.

Today, Madeleine is published in antholo

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