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Half a Heart

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  3,334 ratings  ·  328 reviews
From bestselling author Karen McQuestion comes a moving novel about broken hearts…and what it takes to put them back together again.

At nine years of age, Logan Weber knows the routine. Keep quiet, make the food last, and don’t ever cause trouble. He’ll do what it takes to evade the rages of his troubled, violent father. Even though he’s only a child, Logan already knows to
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
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Karen McQuestion Thanks for taking the time to let me know you enjoyed my books! I really appreciate it. To answer your question, yes, McQuestion is my real name. My…moreThanks for taking the time to let me know you enjoyed my books! I really appreciate it. To answer your question, yes, McQuestion is my real name. My married name, actually. I liked my husband's last name better than my own so it was an easy change to make when we got married.(less)
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Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Debbie Oliphant
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

I want to thank Goodreads reader, Brittany kirsten , for this recommendation. I've been searching for a book that would remind me why I love to read. A good story is a good story and this checks the boxes. There are layers of characters that add so much to Logan's journey of healing. Logan is a nine year old boy who has suffered too much trauma at the hands of his father and finds a way to escape, but Logan's path to normal comes with new challenges but he discovers his strength and det
Karen McQuestion
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I am beyond excited to have a new book coming out on March 13th, 2018! I hope readers love Half a Heart as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my review or rating.

What a really good book. You will find yourself caught up in the life of Logan and everyone that is connected to him in some way. McQuestion does a good job of handling multiple points of view (you get Logan, his grandmother, a speech therapist, an elderly woman, and a married couple) while keeping the main story of Logan and his plight front and center. I really enjoyed the ending and I hope that if Mc
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: drama, fiction, ya
Logan is being abused physically, emotionally, and neglected by his alcoholic father. The women his father introduces into their life tend to allow these acts out of fear. Logan runs away from his next beating and unwittingly stowaway into a moving truck.

Things get better and worse thereafter, taken to a rural region, Logan must figure out how to survive and his chief focus is eating because he is underweight as a result of his neglect. When Robert becomes aware that he may be exposed, he finall
Lisa Aiello
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Amazing story about a little boy who unwittingly runs away from home after yet another abusive tirade at the hands of his father and finds himself having to survive on his own. He is brave and smart and I wanted to grab him up, hug him tight, and tell him everything is going to be okay. He winds up living in a tree house on the property of an older woman, fending for himself. Luckily he has a grandmother searching for him. Unluckily, so is his father. It's a beautiful story which I thoroughly en ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
For the life of me, I do not understand why this book gets such high reviews. What are the problems? Let me count the ways:

1. The book is predictable. Now, don’t get me wrong, I like predictable, I have a subscription to the Hallmark Channel for Pete’s sake. But if you’re going to do predictable, you’d better have some characters that sparkle. These characters? Meh...

2. Poor little Logan Weber is screwed because while his grandma and a bunch of cops are looking for him, guess who actually DOES f
Lady Delacour
Prepare your heart
to fall in love with
9 year old Logan Weber.
Loved this story!!!
Clean except for
small amount of
Mild Foul Language.
Suze Lavender
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nine-year-old Logan is living in fear. There are strict rules at home, but his father still manages to find fault in everything Logan does. Logan doesn't speak, he's always hungry because there isn't much to eat, he doesn't have decent clothes and his too small shoes are taped together. Logan's mother died and his father is living with a girlfriend and her mean daughter. Logan's father is often angry and Logan is afraid of what he might do. During one of his worst outbursts, Logan manages to esc ...more
Linda Zagon
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing


Kudos to Karen McQuestion, Author of “Half a Heart” for writing such an emotional, significant, and thought-provoking story. The genre for this story is Fiction. The topics discussed in this story are important issues that happen in society today.

The Author describes her characters as flawed, complicated and complex possibly due to the circumstances. If you are emotional like me, be sure to have Kleenex ready. The father in the story is an angry alc
Grace J Reviewerlady
What a wonderful story, beautifully written and well told. This book has really touched my soul.

This is the tale of Logan, a nine year old boy who has lost not only his mother but his protective barrier between him and his cruel father. He suffers in ways most of us would never consider and his life is bleak but when he spots an opportunity to escape, he runs. This is a book full of life, following Logan and finding out what happens to him - and to the man who fathered him.

Skilfully created, thi
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Logan is 9 years old and cannot talk . He hasn’t spoke for Mum died when he was 6 year old . He dad was an abusive one and he cannot believe that Granny has been looking for him . I would like to thank Netgallery for having it .
Christine Nolfi
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An engaging story of a young boy’s struggle to survive, and his quiet search for the love that will make his heart whole. Highly recommended.
Lynne Scharpf
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was blessed to receive a copy of this prior to it's release. Half a Heart was near to my heart. I love reading and up until 2 years ago, when we took in 3 foster kiddos, I would read one or two books a week. Since then I have read TWO books. I started this book on Friday and finished it today. I couldn't put it down. Logan broke my heart. Having a sibling group of four, as we added a baby brother to the original three, we are in the trenches of foster care. I love that the couple are thinking ...more
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: priority, fiction, 0318
See the full review at - Top Pick!!

A powerful story which compares and contrasts the best and worst in people, Half a Heart was filled to the brim with intense emotions and had a brave young protagonist who will undoubtedly win over readers’ hearts right from the start.

This is actually the first book I’ve read by Karen McQuestion, although her work has been on my radar for a while now. I can’t even begin to describe how expertly she pulled at my heartstrings with Logan’s plig
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Logan is constantly reprimanded by his Father Robert who thinks that he is a peasant to deal with. As a result, Logan is trapped in a room isolated from his friends and the world. However when he soon gets the freedom to leave due to a close acquaintance, his life turns upside down for the worse.. How is be going to escape the wrath of his Father when he finds him? The only person who Logan looks up to is his therapist and grandmother. Yet only his therapist understands his mute personality,not ...more
Joan Bannan
Logan's story was great and I loved his Grandma Nan. In truth, it was hard to put down.

However, I only gave it three stars because I was distracted by the writing. There was a lot of redundancy. I totally checked out and started skim in the middle of a few of the lengthy back story ramblings. When the vocabulary didn't seem to fit with the present person's POV, I found myself thinking, "Would a nine year old boy think like that?" And there were far too many unrealistic "coincidences" and behavi
Bambi Rathman
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book tugged me into it and I fell in love with sweet Logan from the start. His story made me cry at the beginning. He has been abused by a horrid father after his mother died from a tragic "accident". As I journeyed with Logan through the story I had many, many emotions. I was super angry at how a little boy was treated so badly by a loser father. I was anxious as he ran away to escape. I was proud he stood up for himself. I was scared when things seemed to be going the wrong way. I laughed ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read so many reviews on this book and was completely surprised at my opinion when I read it. I expected more. Here is my review.
Half a Heart, I had been looking at this little boy hanging out the window on the cover of this book and watching and reading the reviews so I decided to pick it as my Prime free lending book for the month. Sometimes you can’t judge a book by the cover nor can you really trust the reviews. Not saying the book was bad, just wasn’t near a great book.
I am very much
Renata Sutton
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
i loved this story Logan is so adorable.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heartwarming story

This book is about a boy who finds his way in a difficult situation. And changes those he meets. A Loving speech therapist is integral. I like all of the books by this author - try them. My favorite is The Long Way Home.
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the verge of tears throughout a majority of Logan's story. Thank you for the breaks of good things. Thank you to caring people. We need more.
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Miri Swanton
This was a very short and easy read. It's equal parts sad and sweet.
Carol Arnold
Very heart breaking story of an abused young boy, Logan. Logan gets a chance to escape from his abusive father and he takes it. However, he ends up running much farther than he intended when he falls asleep in the back of a moving van!

May 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a story about an abused boy who ran away to escape his alcoholic father. I feel that overall it was a good book but the writing just seemed to be for a younger audience and didn't match the heatbreaking story. Also there were too many coincidences to be realistic. It was like a Hallmark movie, you kind of knew how it was going to end when it started. But a feel good book if you are looking for something light.
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
This book was sweet but heartbreaking at times. I couldn't help but fall in love with little Logan. At times the book was a little predictable, but it was a fast read. A good one to pick up if you are looking for a heartwarming story with a happy ending. The characters all felt real and believable.
Cheryl Ann
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I truly loved this book. The trauma that goes on behind closed doors. A father with addiction. Logan's Grandmother finds him and his healing begins.
The Nutbarn
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Warning! Child Abuse⚠

Logan is a young boy being raised by an abusive father after the tragic death of his mother. He also happens to be mute. It makes his father angry that he doesn't speak, angrier still after drinking. He views it as a weakness, not the strength that it truly is.

Logan is a 'crack kid', meaning that he keeps falling through the cracks of a broken system. He goes to school after school because his father moves him around alot. Not one teacher gets in touch with authorities thoug
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Ever so often a book comes along that I truly can not put down. That grabs me from the start and does not let go. Takes my breath away. Makes me feel like I’m there. Honestly has me hooked from the first page. This was one of those books. I’ve been fortunate enough to read some very good books via NetGalley and from different authors for reviewing and loved them. This one however truly will s
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The book stars out with the main character Logan being abused physically by both his mother as well as his alcoholic father. He is also told that the only person who truly loves him, his grandmother, has died. He knows that all the abuse isn't the way that things should be however it is the only life he's ever had. When the physical and mental abuse become to much for him Logan does the only thing he knows how to do and runs away from home. Logan doesn't know how to cope with any of it and doesn ...more
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Karen McQuestion is the bestselling author of books for all ages. Some of her titles include Hello Love, Life on Hold, The Long Way Home, and the Edgewood series. Her publishing story has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and NPR. She has also appeared on ABC’s World News Now and America This Morning. McQuestion lives in Hartland, Wisconsin.

Her website:www.karenmcquest
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