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What's Broken Between Us

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  698 ratings  ·  141 reviews
A year and a half ago, Amanda Tart's brother got behind the wheel drunk and killed his best friend. Today, he's coming home from prison.

Amanda's been the one living with the fallout, made worse by her brother's recent unapologetic TV interview. People think he's a monster. Still, she loves him. It's her dark secret until she starts getting close to Henry again--whose siste
Hardcover, 298 pages
Published December 29th 2015 by HarperCollins
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“He didn’t even go to her funeral,” Henry says. “Even though he used to claim that he loved Grace as much as he loved his baby sister.”
“You know it was impossible for him to be at the funeral when he was –?”
“When he was the reason there was a funeral in the first place?”

I’m a little torn over this book, because some parts I liked, and some parts I didn’t, but the charact
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
“I think that everything won’t always be so hard. Someday we’ll stop measuring things in sadness and anger. Someday we’ll learn how to live carelessly.”

I wasn't expecting anything much from What’s Broken Between Us, other than “please be good more than mediocre.” Now that I think about it, that was extremely too much. Thankfully, this book turned out to be "better than mediocre."

I have so many quotes that I wanted to share, but the one above ended up as my most favorite. Probably because th
2.5 stars
“Look to the left, look to the right, we’re all going to die. But someone has to do it first. So who’s it going to be?”

I am so conflicted. I had such a hard time rating this book.

What's Broken Between Us is about a boy named Johnathan who decides to drink and drive on graduation night and ends up killing his best friend Grace and injuring his girlfriend, Sutton. His unapologetic and self-destructive attitude leads the public to condemn him, and his D.U.I. and manslaughter charges e
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
What the hell did I just read???!!!

This was just crap pure crap. I was so disappointed in this book.

First, the book's topic is a serious one. Drinking and driving. This also includes someone getting killed in a drunk driving accident and another who is faced with permanent disability. I was hoping throughout the book that Jonathan would feel some kind of remorse or something from what he did. NOPE!!! He didn't have any kind of Jesus moment and it was like it happened and you can't change it and
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May 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
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When I first heard about this book I was very excited! I had read the author's previous book Love and other theories and I enjoyed it. I loved the authors writing style and I was positive that she would write a beautiful novel. Then one day I went through some reviews. Just like her previous book there were a lot of unappealing reviews. I was really surprised of some of the things that reviewers said about th
catherine ♡
Actual Rating: 3.5

I am so torn about this one.

Firstly, I have said this before, and I will say it again. I hate characters who cheat. I absolutely despise them, and chances are, if a main character ends up cheating, I'll hate the entire book as well.

Which is why I am so shocked at myself for finishing this book without spiraling into angry insanity.

The characters - Amanda, to be specific - did go through some character development, but afterwards, there were still moments that I really cannot
Gaby (lookingatbooks)
My first book of 2016!

Well I've started off January 1st with a book, What's Broken Between Us by Alexis Bass. A very interesting book I must say, seeing as from the beginning I had no clue as to what would happen. But I can't say a lot did happen, unfortunately.

I'm very picky when it's comes to books, I do not read outside my comfort zone. So when I saw this, I read a couple reviews and decided to take the plunge. It seemed to be a dramatic contemporary, my favorite. What I did not expect was t
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fast-read
I was pleasantly surprised by this deeply moving contemporary novel. Although it focuses on an adorable romance, there are so many other pertinent elements this book explores that aren't overshadowed. Really enjoyed this one! Except the ending kind of left me unsatisfied...

Read the full review @ A Perfection Called Books

I wanted to read Alexis's debut, Love and Other Theories but stayed away after some negative reviews I read. Still the summary of this book was so intriguing and seemed like an
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
People won't like this book because of the questionable relationship choices Amanda makes and the portrayal issues surrounding of drunk driving. I completely get that. There are often times that a characters actions and the way they treat people completely ruin the book for me (see, for ex. my upcoming review on Lair of Dreams.) But I was in a mood where I was willing to look past this.

I've been on a kick of books with unapologetic, yet tortured main characters this year. I eat them up. And Ama
Jul 05, 2015 added it
I just finished reading What’s Broken Between Us by Alexis Bass (out this winter) and it was such a surprise–a family/sibling story that’s kind of dark and gritty, with a messy romance subplot. The middle bit of the story got a bit unwieldy, but overall, it was really fresh in a YA landscape that’s been feeling devoid of freshness as of late.
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: signed, ala-2015
Loved this one! Usually not my typical read but touched on lots of issues really realistically. Plus I LOVE Henry! What a cutie!
Oct 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
I received this book in an exchange for an honest review (thanks to EW and the Publisher)

I am torn between two parts of this book, on one hand I really want to love this book because of the meaningful message, but on the other hand I want to tear this book apart if I had a Hardcover (read it on the laptop). I honestly don't know what to say about this book.

The story begins with Jonathan coming home from jail after he kills probably one of the most important people in his life, whilst the other e
Kaitlin (Next Page Please!)
This was one of my last reads of 2015 and I am quite sad to say it was not my favorite, which I am really disappointed about because I was actually quite excited for this one. What's Broken Between Us just not what I expected it to be and in some ways, it kind of let me down. I didn't really agree with the characters, I wasn't really for the plot, and the romance kind of took over the whole book. It just wasn't what I expected it to be, honestly, and sadly, I wasn't able to fully enjoy it.

The th
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
I couldn't connect with the story. I usually eat this type of books but I couldn't get into it. All I was thinking while reading is how many pages I have left so I can start some other book instead. Such a shame.

The book is not bad. I think it's my fault I didn't enjoy it more.

If you are interested, you should check it out. It has a cute British guy and serious family drama.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mixed
Such a bittersweet story about blame and regrets and the aftermath of destruction. I confess that I didn’t understand Jonathan at all times, but there were times it was so clear the way he was punishing himself still. And the main couple - oh, they were caught in the crossfire and it hurt to think of the chance(s) they missed and how it consumed them. Sometimes they infuriated me to no ends (the guy in particular), but I hurt with them and hoped with them and I so very wished for a happy ending. ...more
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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** I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

I don't even know where to start when it comes to discussing this book. First off, the synopsis caught me right away and I thought it had great potential. A story about a girl who's older brother went to prison after he was in an accident while drunk that caused a peers death. Sounds intriguing right? Often t
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A difficult subject overshadowed by too many elements.

Opening Sentence: PJ: Tell us in your own words what happened that night.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

There is something to be said about a sensitive topic in the Young Adult genre. There are many conversations to be had about the formidable years in high school, and the stories set during these years. For the most part, we readers, in this age group or not, relate. Alexis Bass’ What’s Broken Betwee
I loved this story/
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

"How far does blame go? Does it extend all the way to conversations my parents should have had? Hypotheticals: We'll drive you."

I don't think this book is for everyone because there's cheating and if that makes your skin crawls I don't think you'll enjoy the ride. There's also the fact that this story is so painfully honest about still loving a brother who is coming home from jail after he killed someone that some people are bound to be upset about that. (Try Saint An
Nicole Wang
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites

“I think that everything won’t always be so hard. Someday we’ll stop measuring things in sadness and anger. Someday we’ll learn how to live carelessly.”
Last year, Alex Bass managed to surprise me by making me fall madly in love with her debut, and yet, when I read the synopsis for What's Broken Between Us, I was a bit hesitant. It sounded a bit too typical of a YA Contemporary and I just wasn't sure if she could pull off this story as well as she had with Love and Other Theorie
Lisa (lifeinlit)
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: print-arc, 2015
Amanda is having trouble staying out of the spotlight ever since her brother, Jonathan, who made the terrible mistake of driving drunk one night, had a car accident that killed one friend and injured another. Everyone at school knows who Jonathan is, and Amanda constantly feels like her every move is being judged. She can’t cry when she wants for fear of someone thinking it’s an act. Even smiling is not allowed, due to her assuming that others are thinking she’s not taking the situation with her ...more
Lekeisha The Booknerd
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
3.5 stars *review to come for blog tour*

Check out my stop on the blog tour and enter the giveaway

What’s Broken Between Us is a very emotionally charged story. On one hand, you have a sister who loves her big brother and is trying to get back what they once had. On the other hand, you have said sister who doesn’t want to be defined as the girl with the brother who killed his best friend and injured his girlfriend. And all the while, being in a relationship with one boy, while loving anoth
Brandi Kosiner
Apr 17, 2015 rated it liked it
3 stars (liked it)

Source: Harper Teen via Edelweiss
Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy). I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free.

I wanted to read what broken between us because I am drawn to the darker and have your contemporaries like this one. I wasn't sure if I sit with the focus was going to be on because the synopsis was a little bit make it mentions her brother who was the drunk drive
Jayvee  "Writer For Misfits"
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I don't really like writing negative reviews because it leaves a bad after taste in my mouth and I feel like I'm gonna be sick but I've always been honest with everyone when it comes to my reviews and this books is the first of probably a few that's going to be coming along the way, that I did not enjoy very much.

What's Broken Between Us is probably one of those books that started off really mysterious and cool and then got slapped in the face by an ar
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I want to thank Harper Collins for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.

I've recently really enjoyed contemporary YA reads. Throw in what is a forbidden love and I really need to read it! This was one of those books.

My favorite part of this book were the characters. The plot was interesting but I really think it was the characters that got to me and made me want to keep reading. There's s
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arc
Alexis Bass is an author that constantly taps into the voice of our generation. Her first book Love & Other Things spoke to me, and I was super excited when I was asked by her agent to review What's Broken Between Us. This book is so fascinating in a complete car crash sort of way.

What's Broken Between is about the sister of this infamous charismatic it-boy. The it-boy who was convicted of a DUI that killed a popular girl. The concept alone, sucked me in. I had to have it. There's just much hap
Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
I don’t usually read heavy contemporaries. Usually, you’ll find me devouring fantasies and dystopians, but buffering them with light, easy contemporaries with Happily Ever Afters. But I gave What’s Broken Between Us a go, as Alexis was joining Jamie and me for our first BAMFs Aloud author interview. I’ll admit I might not have picked it up otherwise because UGH HEAVY. But I am so glad I did.

This book was basically PAIN. It’s real, with honestly flawed, realistic characters. The parents aren’t pe
Princess Bookie
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2015
My Thoughts: I wasn’t sure if this was going to be my type of book or not. I read Bass debut novel and I just felt like it was ok.

I enjoyed Whats Broken Between Us quite a bit more than her debut.

We are introduced to Amanda. Amanda is in high school and just trying to get through it and get it over with. A while ago, her brother Jonathan was in a car accident killing another of his friends and injuring the other girl in the same car. Jonathan has been in prison for a while but he’s coming home
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
This story was amazing, just simply amazing. It has loss, hatred, forgiveness, and love in it. This is a story that has happened in real life and when I read it it made me think about a case I just read on CNN News.

In this story we meet Amanda Tart who is in between a rock and a hard place. On graduation night a year and a half ago there was a car accident that killed one of her class mates and involved her brother. Her brother was drunk and driving and crashed the car and killed his girlfriend
Katy Upperman
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I loved this story so much. Author Alexis Bass writes some of the most realistic high school experiences in YA, and I think her books deserve far more hype than they appear to get -- they're so good. MC Amanda, while closed off and full of grief, is incredibly relatable. Her big brother, Jonathan, has just finished a year-long prison sentence after killing his friend and seriously injuring his girlfriend while driving drunk. Jonathan is very complex, as is his relationship with Amanda. Every tim ...more
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Alexis Bass grew up in Washington, went to college in Arizona, and spent her early twenties in Seattle. She currently lives in Northern California with Dylan McKay, her gorgeous and rambunctious golden retriever. She loves good fashion and good TV as much as a good book, and is a huge advocate of the three C’s: coffee, chocolate, and cheese. LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES is her first novel.

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