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Juliette is still reeling from Warner's betrayal, and Kenji is trying to balance his friendship with her with his responsibilities as a leader of the resistance against the Reestablishment. Things get even more interesting when an unexpected person from Omega Point’s past surfaces.

The ending of Restore Me left readers gasping, and this novella full of Kenji’s signature sass and big heart is the perfect story to tide fans over until Defy Me, the shocking fifth book in the Shatter Me series.

112 pages, ebook

First published March 5, 2019

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Tahereh Mafi

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Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Shatter Me series. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California with her husband, fellow author Ransom Riggs. She can usually be found over-caffeinated and stuck in a book. Shatter Me is her first series, with television rights optioned by ABC Signature Studios; Furthermore, her first middle grade novel, is on shelves now, and Whichwood, its darker companion, will be on shelves November 14, 2017.

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September 12, 2019
At this point we can all agree that Kenji is everyone's favorite.
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March 5, 2019
Sooo I knew I loved Kenji Kishimoto..... but this book made me realize that I would rip my fucking heart out and put it on a platter for Kenji Kishimoto. I LOVED this installment!!!!

I think this book was the perfect balance of exploring Kenji's voice, getting his funny inner monologue, learning more about the world, and seeing the events of Restore Me from his eyes. I wouldn't necessarily call it a bridge book between books 4 and 5 (honestly, these chapters could have been thrown in at the end of Restore Me because I actually think they better describe the events than Warner and Juliette did), but I still had SO much fun reading it and was laughing and gasping at all the new information and world building and conversations that we didn't see in Restore Me.

I have a TON more to say about this with theories and new info reveals but it's 4:30 AM and I've been making my way through this book since midnight so my brain is just a big happy mush in my skull because I love Kenji so much and I adored this novella.

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CONFIRMED KENJI POV!!!!!!!! I'm so stoked. Honestly, I wish this came sooner instead of just a month before Defy Me, but I'm not about to complain about more content. Eeeeeeeep I hope we see Warner in this and he and Kenji are stuck in a cell together and thriving and scheming to get Juliette back and skhjdflgbhfdkgdblhgdkfl IM EMO I WANT IT SO BAD
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516 reviews34.4k followers
September 29, 2019
”Everyone thinks I’m not supposed to give a shit – that I shouldn’t – but I do. I always do.”

Okay, maybe I’m biased for giving this 5 stars but damn! I just loved this! *lol* It was amazing to be back into this world and even more amazing to see it through Kenji’s eyes! I always had a soft spot for him and I think he deserves way more attention than he actually gets! He’s such an awesome character, he has a great sense of humour and he’s the best friend anyone could ever wish for.
Do I have to say even more? =)

”I have friends. A makeshift family. I’m lonely but I’m not alone. My body works, my brain works, I’m alive. It’s a good life. I have to make a conscious effort to remember that. To choose to be happy every day. If I didn’t, I think my own pain would’ve killed me a long time ago.”

It was kinda tough to read about his feelings though. I mean I always suspected that there’s a lot of darkness behind his shiny smile, but to actually read about it. To find out how he truly feels inside? It broke my heart! T_T Poor Kenji! I think Warner and him might have even more in common than they think. They are both broken but they hide it in different ways. >_<

”Kishimoto, if I considered other people’s mediocre standards a sufficient metric by which to measure my own accomplishments, I’d never have amounted to anything.” He looks up, meets my eyes. “You should demand more of yourself. You’re entirely capable.”
“Are you -?” I blink, stunned. “I’m sorry, was that your idea of a compliment?”


Still, those two together were just too much fun! *lol* I loved to see their friendship bloom and to witness that Warner actually started to trust Kenji was one of the best things ever! <3 Warner’s pain however was really hard to bear! My broken boy! *sniff* I mean if even Kenji feels sorry for him this means that he’s in really bad shape right now. =((

”I don’t think you do, actually. In fact, I hope you don’t. I wouldn’t want you to know how I feel right now. I wouldn’t wish that for you.”

I can’t help but wonder if Juliette and Warner will find each other again. I hope they do because they definitely belong together and I hate to see them so alienated. It’s not good for my health to watch them fight, I swear! *lol* Also with everything I read about Kenji and Nazeera I really want them to be together as well! XD Kenji was sooo adorable when she confronted him! Haha! That boy has no idea what he’s getting himself into, but he’s definitely head over heels! ;-P

”I managed to walk, not run, back to my room, and was able to hold on to what was left of my dignity. I hope.
Then again, who the hell knows.”


JUST. A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E! *lol* It’s funny how he has such a big mouth but apparently can’t seem to be able to speak properly when she’s around! Not that Nazeera was doing a better job when she ran into him half naked in the hallway! Haha! Guess all those sexy abs must have been pretty distracting. ;-P Can’t blame her though! In my head Kenji is one hell of a sexy boy as well. XD A boy with a big heart that wants to be loved.

”Instead, I’m a big, raw, bleeding heart, and I spend my days pretending not to notice that I want more. That I need more.
Maybe it sounds weird to say, but I know I could love the shit out of someone. I feel it, in my heart. This capacity to love. To be romantic and passionate. Like it’s a superpower I have. A gift, even.
And I’ve got no one to share it with.”


Plus, I love how Kenji cares about everyone around him so deeply! Even Adam! He’s basically some sort of glue that holds them all together and this even though he obviously doesn’t even realize how important his presence is. I loved how he saw Juliette and that he felt so much compassion for Warner and Adam. <3 He has such a big heart and is there for everyone, yet it seems like all his friends are so caught up in their own drama that they don’t even realize how tired and sad he is.
And this made me so damn sad! T_T

”I give her a lot of crap for being emotional all the time, but I love how empathetic she is. I love how she feels things so deeply that sometimes even joy manages to wound her. It’s who she is. She’s all heart.”

”If I had to live with that every day, I wonder if it would make me crazy, too. Because it’s not the pain that’s unendurable. It’s the hopelessness. It’s the hopelessness that makes you reckless.”

A gentle and caring boy like Kenji deserves better than that!! And can we just mention that little detail that was dropped so deliberately in the middle of this short story:

As for the ending?! ADFLAÖSDFSAKDFLASDKFLASD! WHAT THE HELL WAS THIS!!???
I can’t believe Kenji’s POV gave us an entirely different outlook at the ending of “Restore Me”!!! And I don’t even know how to process this! I don’t want to know what is going to happen to Juliette because she has no idea of anything that happened after her outburst!!! ARGH!!! I’m so dying here just thinking about how much she’s going to suffer! Her and my precious baby Warner… T_T
I can’t deal with all those emotions and I’m probably going to read “Defy Me” soon! *lol*
Might as well be brave and get it over with! >_<

Wish me luck! I’m sooo going to need it!
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Either my coffee isn't working and I'm still dreaming or this is actually happening!
*rubs eyes*

A KENJI POV?!!
OMG!!!!

Give me this book!!! I've needed this in my life ever since I started to read "Shatter Me".
Tahereh you can have all my money!
I'm ready!!!! <333

P.S: How gorgeous is this cover? <3
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220 reviews2,547 followers
April 15, 2019
4.25 STARS! well, that was confusing but also satisfying :)

It’s not the pain that’s unendurable. It’s the hopelessness. It’s the hopelessness that makes you reckless.

A short but gripping novella from Kenji's point of view, giving us a chance to relive the end of Restore Me.
I found the choice of Kenji as narrator to be the perfect choice—since we get to understand and see many characters better! (check Characterization for more)

Her words are a threat to their livelihood.

That aside, I'm unbelievably confused right now 😂 I just reread the ending of Restore Me, then Shadow Me, then Restore Me again—and I can't make sense of any of this!
Not only do their endings not make any sense individually, but they make even less sense together! I feel like I'm actually reading two different stories 😂
So I obviously need Defy Me and hope that we get answers??

P.S. I've also got solid theories of what went down actually; you can find them in spoiler tags in the comments. I hope—think—they're true!

I gape at him. “Are you out of your mind?”
And when he says, without a hint of irony—
“No more than usual”
—it’s crystal clear to me that this dude is not okay.



Storyline

Between all the drama of Warner and Juliette, and the suspicious children of the supreme commanders, Kenji is hurting in his own way—it just so happens that his feelings end up coming second all the damn time.

I wish, so much, all the time, that I didn’t give a shit about this sort of thing—that I could be like Warner, a frozen, unforgiving island; or even like Adam, who’s found his happiness in family, in his relationship with his brother—but I’m like neither. Instead, I’m a big, raw, bleeding heart, and I spend my days pretending not to notice that I want more. That I need more.

The last day of Restore Me was a whirlwind of madness and a cliffhanger that had us all tumbling to the depths of the abyss, and we only knew a part of what was going on!
In Shadow Me, our favourite and hilarious Kenji tells us his side of the story، and makes us question exactly what happened and who was behind it...

It doesn’t seem right that so much horrible shit should be, like, allowed to go down in such a short period of time. There should be a fail-safe in the universe somewhere, something that automatically shuts down in the event of extreme human stupidity. Maybe an emergency lever. A button, even.
This is ridiculous.

Storytelling

Tahereh Mafi has a very raw and beautiful writing style, focused on feelings. In the rest of the books, we got the emotional personality that is Juliette, and Mafi accurately narrated the story how Juliette thought and viewed everything.

But in this book we get Kenji's hilarious outlook on the world, and his unique way of seeing things.

My eyes light up. “Is that coffee?”
Winston pulls away from the door, horrified. “It’s
my coffee.”
“Hand it over.”
“What? No.”
I narrow my eyes at him.
“Why can’t you get your own?” he says, pushing his glasses up the bridge of his nose. “This is only my second cup. You know it takes at least three before I’m even half awake.”
“Yeah, well, I have to be downstairs in five minutes or Warner’s going to murder me and I haven’t had any breakfast yet and I’m already exhausted and I really—”
“Fine.” Winston’s face darkens as he hands it over. “You monster.”


I have to say, I've always admired Mrs. Mafi's writing and how she wears the skin of her narrator, completely delving into their specific way of thinking.
And, while the Shatter Me books have never gone above 4 stars for me, her other books have all been 5 stars! I simply don't think her dramatic way of writing fits into the genre well. I'd like to see how that'll change :)


Characterization

Kenji: I don't even know what to say about this awesome guy. He's so sympathetic and understanding and I hurt for how he feels obligated to care, incapable of being cruel. His focus on the blessings in his life is so inspiring and I just want the best things for him :)

I force myself to say it, out loud. I’m grateful. I take a few moments to feel it. Recognize it. I force myself to smile, to unclench the tightness in my face that would otherwise default too easily to anger. I whisper a quick thank-you to the unknown, to the air, to the lonely ghosts eavesdropping on my private conversations with no one. I have a roof over my head and clothes on my back and food waiting for me every morning. I have friends. A makeshift family. I’m lonely but I’m not alone. My body works, my brain works, I’m alive. It’s a good life. I have to make a conscious effort to remember that. To choose to be happy every day. If I didn’t, I think my own pain would’ve killed me a long time ago.
I’m grateful.

Juliette: it's amazing to see and scrutinise her from somebody else's point of view (and, no, Warner doesn't count—he's in love with her). Kenji says it best and I can't help but agree with him:

I give her a lot of crap for being emotional all the time, but I love how empathetic she is. I love how she feels things so deeply that sometimes even joy manages to wound her. It’s who she is. She’s all heart.

Warner: it's interesting to see Warner from Kenji's eyes! Also, it's good that we have our charismatic boy back—I'd been starting to think he was slipping away to become a little pathetic. I was wrong; and I've never been happier to be wrong :)

Shit. This kid is breaking my heart.

Adam: we don't get any Adam in this, to be honest, but what I appreciate is how Mafi makes us understand him by showing us what Kenji sees in him. I think these paragraphs are very important for readers who hate him to read:

Adam hasn’t changed a bit. Still moody. No sense of humor. Generally irritated.

He comes off as an angry, explosive guy—and sometimes he really is an asshole—but it must be hard to watch your kid brother live all alone on a compound for tortured, abandoned children. It slowly kills your soul to watch a ten-year-old kid sob and scream in the middle of the night because his nightmares keep getting worse, and no matter what you do, you can’t seem to make it better.

I’m not sure Adam will ever recover from the blows he’s been dealt. It’s obvious he has PTSD. I don’t think he even sleeps anymore. I think he’s slowly losing his mind.


Nazeera: an awe-inspiring character. Yes, maybe that woman is just perfect. Her everything amazes and bewilders me—she's perfection incarnate 😍 (and I'm NOT fangirling here 😂)

“For me, it’s a symbol of resistance.”

I mean ... Just ... Wow ...


Relationships

Friendships and partners have been the focus of the series from page on (other than characters) and once again I fell in love with how beautifully Tahereh Mafi writes them 😍
Kenji's brewing love, and also his friendship with Juliette are such golden points! Not to forget how completely I SHIP WARNER AND KENJI #SorryNotSorry 😜


Companions

Book playlist:
• “Gasoline” by Halsey (for all the scenes other than the ones noted below ⤵)
• “Salem’s Secret” by Peter Gundry [Instrumental] (for the ending chapters)
• “Darkness Keeps Chasing Me” by Grace VanderWaal (for scenes with Nazeera)
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230 reviews3,934 followers
July 16, 2019
5 HINDING IN PLAIN SIGHT. ★'s

“I’m a big, raw, bleeding heart, and I spend my days pretending not to notice that I want more. That I need more.”

My Kenji & Nazeera


This was me like a 100% when finding out there was gonna be a Kenji novella!!


I love Kenji! I love Kenji! I love Kenji! I love Kenji!

Kenji being a fan favorite is a bit of an understatement in my opinion! Kenji is the rock of the Shatter Me series. He's the best friend/lover everyone should want and also inspire to be. He's true to his word, loyal, brutally honest, and his sense of humor is fantastic. Kenji just has the most amazing personality. I don't know how anyone in their right mind could ever not LOVE him! His character is everything, one of my absolute favorite characters of all-time. Kenji deserves all the happiness and love in the world! I love that we got an inside look at the development of his relationship with Nazeera. I really enjoyed her character in Restore Me and this just solidified it even more. Kenji was hilarious as usual and the scenes between him and Warner was just the cherry on top. Every scene that involves those two together is always golden. And the ones with Juliette and Kenji always warms my heart.

I was beyond excited to have Kinji's POV, it's been a long time coming. I’m normally not the biggest fan of novellas, they are never quite long enough to satisfy me but Shadow Me was wonderful. This was a perfect look inside the thoughts of Kenji (everyone's favorite) and seeing the events of Restore Me unfold through his eyes. This novella just about killed me. My gosh, it was heartbreaking at times that I actually shed a few tears. It gave me a rollercoaster of emotions. Overall, this was really a great read. Though I will admit I was hoping for more back story on his life. But still, I wasn't disappointed. Mafi is an amazing writer and an absolute genius. I truly hope we get more of Kenji's POV in Defy Me.

THAT ENDING THOUGH, OMG I NEED Defy Me LIKE RIGHT FREAKING NOW!!!!

*Btw, This cover is sooo gorgeous, love the colors!! They are always perfect to me.*

Here are a couple quotes I really like:

“Maybe it sounds weird to say, but I know I could love the shit out of someone. I feel it, in my heart. This capacity to love. To be romantic and passionate. Like it’s a superpower I have. A gift, even.
And I’ve got no one to share it with.”


“I’m lonely but I’m not alone. My body works, my brain works, I’m alive. It’s a good life. I have to make a conscious effort to remember that. To choose to be happy every day. If I didn’t, I think my own pain would’ve killed me a long time ago.”
March 18, 2019
I whisper a quick thank you to the unknown, to the air, to the lonely ghosts eavesdropping on my private conversations with no one.
I have a roof over my head and clothes on my back and food waiting for me every morning.
I have friends.
A makeshift family.
I’m lonely, but I’m not alone.
My body works, my brain works, I’m alive.
It’s a good life.
I have to make a conscious effort to remember that.
To choose to be happy every day.
If I didn’t, I think my own pain would’ve killed me a long time ago.


Guys, I remember why I love Kenji so much.
He's the most perfect best friend and human being anyone can imagine.


What I really liked about this book, is, that it's not completely useless.
It brings the story forward, at least a little bit.

CAN'T WAIT FOR BOOK 5!

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I’M SO EXCITED! 🎉🤪
March 25, 2019
"Maybe it sounds weird to say, but I know I could love the shit out of someone. I feel it, in my heart. This capacity to love. To be romantic and passionate. Like it’s a superpower I have. A gift, even".

¿Qué puede ser más perfecto que una novella narrada por Kenji? Shadow Me es una novella puente que conecta los últimos capítulos de Restore Me y el inicio del que será el quinto libro de la saga, Defy Me. No, no es un spin-off y creo que es absolutamente necesario leerlo antes de leer Defy Me.

En esta novella nos metemos por completo en la cabeza de Kenji y vemos que, por dentro, lucha con muchísimas cosas que no deja salir al exterior. La soledad, el tener que sonreír siempre aunque esté mal, el ser un pilar para sus amigos sin que nadie nunca le pregunte a él cómo está, el ver que todos están encontrando alguna pizca de felicidad y él sigue solo, los nuevos sentimientos locos y desenfrenados que están apareciendo por Nazeera... Todo está allí y es tremendamente intenso. Me dolió muchísimo leer cómo se siente realmente Kenji, pobrecillo mío.

Pero bueno, además de todo el drama de Kenji estando coladísimo por Nazeera y todos los ridículos que hace frente a ella, en Shadow Me también vemos un detrás de escenas a lo destrozados que están Juliette y Warner después de su gran pelea por las revelaciones que surgieron sobre la hermana perdida y torturada de Juliette. Y, si se me partía el corazón leyendo a Kenji y sus problemas, pues se me partía el doble al verlo pensar que era terrible que dos personas que claramente estaban hechas la una para la otra estuvieran discutiendo y alejándose.

¡Y el final! ¡EL FINAL! Joder, el final es la razón por la que digo que es absolutamente necesario leer esta novella. ¡Cambia todo! ¡TODOOOO!
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974 reviews1,284 followers
May 22, 2019
This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription

“I’m lonely but I’m not alone. My body works, my brain works, I’m alive. It’s a good life. I have to make a conscious effort to remember that. To choose to be happy every day. If I didn’t, I think my own pain would’ve killed me a long time ago.”

🌟 This did not add up much to the story but I think it was a tiny bit better than Restore me, It could have substituted it!

🌟 This is Kenji’s first Novella and I thought it takes place before Restore me while in fact it takes place during the same time but from Kenji’s POV. I found it easy to read and it was short so it was not hard to go through it.

🌟 This is a short review because there is not much to say, I think the author is trying to please her fans which is not the best choice. I am being nice and giving it 3 stars but it was kind of MEH. I hope Defy Me can salvage what remains of this story!!
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639 reviews1,234 followers
March 6, 2019
*starts to hyperventilate*

IT’S KENJI’S POV & I’M ALREADY TRASH 😭
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475 reviews244 followers
May 8, 2019
I love Kenji. He’s personality is just fantastic.
And this feel more as if I was reading the end of Restore Me again with a different point of view. One that gave me much more information about what happened. Can’t wait for Defy Me and see where this story is going.

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The first chapter of this saved me and killed me at the same time.
Bromance that I know is going to rise.
And pain, that I know will be there.

————

KENJI, MY LOVE, COME TO MAMA
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41 reviews249 followers
October 8, 2022
just want to protect kenji at all costs, my best boy <33
THE ENDING?? KENJI GET BEHIND ME RN
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470 reviews16.4k followers
November 25, 2021
Reread:

After reading believe me I had the urge to reread the novels from kenji’s pov and ugh they were just as perfect as I remember.
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256 reviews156 followers
March 23, 2019
English - Español

Kenji Kishimoto is my favorite character, after Warner of course.

“Maybe it sounds weird to say, but I know I could love the shit out of someone. I feel it, in my heart. This capacity to love. To be romantic and passionate. Like it’s a superpower I have. A gift, even. And I’ve got no one to share it with.”

In this novel from Kenji's point of view is that you learn that not everything is what it seems. That because he is always joking doesn’t mean that Kenji is a carefree person. On the contrary, he feels responsible for being the pillar of his friends, never failing, always smiling and creating a good environment for others. He carries a heavy burden on his shoulders, plus the burden of being the best friend and the first hand of the Supreme Commander, aka Juliette.

“I’m a big, raw, bleeding heart, and I spend my days pretending not to notice that I want more. That I need more.”

We see first-hand how difficult the separation between Juliette and Warner is from the revelations of Juliette's lost sister. And also how Kenji and Nazeera relate, which I need more of, please.

“I’m lonely but I’m not alone. My body works, my brain works, I’m alive. It’s a good life. I have to make a conscious effort to remember that. To choose to be happy every day. If I didn’t, I think my own pain would’ve killed me a long time ago.”

But the most important thing is that this novella is absolutely necessary to read it before the Fifth Book of the series, because the end changes everything.

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Kenji Kishimoto es mi personaje favorito, después de Warner por supuesto.

En esta novela desde el punto de vista de Kenji es que te enteras que no todo es lo que parece. Que porque ande siempre bromeando no significa que Kenji es una persona despreocupada. Todo lo contrario, el se siente responsable de ser el pilar de sus amigos, de nunca desfallecer, de siempre sonreir y crear un buen ambiente para los demás. Lleva una fuerte carga sobre sus hombros, mas la carga que significa ser el mejor amigo y la primera mano de la Comandante Suprema, aka Juliette.

Vemos de primera mano lo difícil que están llevando la separación Juliette y Warner por las revelaciones de la hermana perdida de Juliette. Y también como se relacionan Kenji y Nazeera, de lo cual necesito mas, por favor.

Pero lo mas importante es que esta novela es absolutamente necesario leerla antes que el Quinto libro de la serie, porque el final lo cambia todo.
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684 reviews1,220 followers
March 9, 2019
SO FYI, IF THAT WASN’T CLEAR ENOUGH IN MY RESTORE ME REVIEW, I HARDCORE SHIP KENJI AND WARNER TOGETHER. AND MORE THAN EVER AFTER THIS NOVELLA.

ALSO CAN WE HAVE EVERYTHING FROM KENJI’S POINT OF VIEW FROM NOW ON? Thanks.



“Are you out of your mind?”
And when he says, without a hint of irony—
“No more than usual”
—it’s crystal clear to me that this dude is not okay.



This was actually good??! I’m v surprised, especially after reading Restore Me, which I wasn't a real fan of. I still stand by my opinion, but this novella actually made me excited for the first time to have Defy Me in my hands. It gave me aaaaall the feels and I couldn't be happier about it.
That ending, wow. It messed with my head! It kinda fixed something I didn't like about Restore Me and that's freaking great.

Kenji is such a puppy. I wish I could hug him. His point of view was the best and this is why this novella is probably my favorite of the novellas in this series. You can see how sensitive and empathetic he is, and you realize that his way of defusing every bad situation with a joke is actually a defense mechanism. It was clear from other books too but this novella really showed how much he keeps inside without telling anyone.

SPOILERS START NOW!


Kenji and Warner, oh my gosh. I love them so much. Here are some of my favorite interactions. Enjoy.


Warner peers past me, into my room, and for a moment, says nothing. Then, quietly: “Kishimoto, if I considered other people’s mediocre standards a sufficient metric by which to measure my own accomplishments, I’d never have amounted to anything.” He looks up, meets my eyes. “You should demand more of yourself. You’re entirely capable.”
“Are you—?” I blink, stunned. “I’m sorry, was that your idea of a compliment?”
He stares at me, his face impassive. “Get dressed.”
I raise my eyebrows. “You taking me out to breakfast?”



I hated that I cried. Hated that I couldn’t help it. Everyone thinks I’m not supposed to give a shit—that I shouldn’t—but I do. I always do.
And I give a shit about this asshole, too.



“Have you seen her yet?” I ask.
And then, so quietly I almost miss it—
“No.”
Shit. This kid is breaking my heart.



Another thing I really enjoyed was seeing Juliette turning on Warner from Kenji's point of view. His commentary on it is the funniest thing ever.


She spins around, turns to face him. “What other languages do you speak?” she says, her eyes flashing, and Warner goes so suddenly still my heart hurts for him.
This moment is too real.
Warner and Juliette are both so full of shit today. They’re pretending to be so hard, so cool and collected, and then—this. Juliette says one thing to him and Warner turns into an idiot.


(BTW, still haven't come to terms with the fact that Juliette cut her hair like that. At this point I don't think I ever will *sigh*).

Now, I had some problems with this novella too. First of all, I don’t like how the author reduced Kenji to someone who just wants a girlfriend. He's much more than that and I don't like where this is going with Nazeera. Why does the author have to pair up everyone? Even Castle is being paired up with someone now. Jeez, it's ridiculous.
And Kenji going around without a shirt on so that him and Nazeera could have that weird moment? Hmm. Nazeera kind of changed her mind about Kenji far too quickly if I compare how she reacted to him in Restore Me.
I actually really like her! Don't get me wrong. I've seen some people complaining about how it seems it's okay for everyone to see two white characters be together in this series, but it's not for two POC characters, especially for an own voices one. But this is not it. In fact, I just would love to read about some single characters, particularly Kenji. Is that too much to ask? What about having him realize that not having a girlfriend/boyfriend is okay too?

Last thing, which is a carry-on problem from Restore Me: the final symposium is glossed over too quickly. One moment you're reading about the preparation for it, and the next you get a really really really vague description of what happens during it. That doesn't help as there is an important action scene just after that. It confuses me every time.
Glad to know that Juliette didn't have the full picture of that ending tho, as everyone's alive!
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126 reviews205 followers
June 20, 2022
{ 4 stars }

the best novella yet! kenji owns my heart. him being sad about having no one to love & give his compassion to was just the saddest & sweetest thing ever.

also
nazeera >>>>
Profile Image for Luciana Gomez Mauro.
207 reviews98 followers
March 11, 2019
Quedé en shock como siempre al terminar un libro de esta saga.. Tahereh me estás volviendo loca con tus finales..
Todo lo que se cree leer en el final de Restore Me, acá es diferente, ya que está narrado desde el punto de vista de Kenji.

Amé este libro, amo a Kenji, amo su amistad con Juliette, amo a Warner con mi vida.
Me encanta que la relación entre Kenji y Warner vaya teniendo más lugar, y también me encanta Nazeera para Kenji.

Leer los sentimientos de él fue doloroso, el mismo piensa que la gente creé que solo es un chiste, por qué en los libros anteriores, solo podíamos ver el lado humorístico de él, pero al estar en su mente vemos cómo en realidad se siente.
Y me encantó estar en su cabeza. Describe con las palabras justas todo lo que siente, y todo lo que piensa.
Esta es de mis sagas favoritas, y he releído Restore me unas quince veces, y justamente tenemos escenas de ese libro pero desde el punto de vista de Kenji. No llegue a perderme en ningún momento por qué sé de memoria matemáticamente todo lo que pasa.

Ahora quedé con mil preguntas en la cabeza y las pondré a continuación para no olvidar las y por qué no puedo esperar a que salga Defy Me.
- A partir de aquí habrá Spoilers, así que si no leíste este libro no sigas leyendo..
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1- ¿Todo fue una programación? Es que de verdad, todas esas muertes para mí fueron armadas por los padres de Juliette, para poder secuestrarla a ella y a Warner, por qué son los dos que faltaban en el campo visual de Kenji en el final.

2- Castillo sabe, sabe mucho, y no dice nada. Este personaje nunca me cayó del todo bien, pero desde Restore Me vengo odiandolo un poco. Y necesito saber quién carajos es Nouria, ¿Será su ex esposa?.

3- Lo de que Winston este enamorado de Brendan me encanta, y espero leer escenas de ellos dos.

4- Amo la relación de Kenji y Juliette.

5- Yo desde que terminé Restore Me sabía que algo tiene Juliette en el cuerpo, desde que le dispararon y le pusieron veneno, algo le quedó, Sonia y Sara lo saben, y ya necesito saber qué fue eso, y que relación tiene esa cosa con los tatuajes que tenía el tipo que le disparó a Juliette.

6- Me encanta Nazeera y Kenji, tendrían una relación muy bonita, pero esta chica algo sabía desde el principio, ya que antes de que todo se descontrole le dice a Kenji que corra.

7- En el final de Restore Me, vemos que Juliette antes de ser secuestrada por sus padres, ella ve como Kenji es arrastrado por alguien con Sangre, ella ve como Warner está siendo arrestado y también ve a Nazeera siendo llevada a la fuerza. Ahora ¿Habrá Sido toda una alucinación?. Por qué es verdad que a Warner se lo llevaron, pero Kenji no estaba siendo secuestrado, solo estaba siendo arrastrado por Ian. Y Juliette creé que Ian, Lily, y Alia e incluso Brendan están muertos y no es así.
Estoy con tantas preguntas, puedo asegurar que el veneno que tiene en su cuerpo le puede provocar esas alucinaciones, pero ayyyyyyy.

8- Las casi 600 malditas personas pestañeaban a cada rato y se movían al mismo tiempo, todo pudo haber Sido una programación por los padres de Juliette, creo que es lo mas creíble, por qué supuestamente todas esas personas murieron, pero después se levantaron y empezaron a rugir.
Y yo ya estoy perdida. De verdad llegue a creer que Juliette mato a todas esas personas, pero ahora nada es verdad.

9- Kenji diciendo que se siente tan solo, me daban ganas de abrazarlo y decirle "yo estoy aquí para tí". Necesito un amigo como él. Y me encanta cómo se preocupa por sus amigos, hasta por Warner, por eso me está gustando la amistad de estos dos. Adam no apareció mucho, pero sentí lastima por como Kenji hablaba de él, todos tienen un pasado duro.

10- Para finalizar, quedé con mil dudas en la cabeza, necesito la quinta entrega ya, quiero que mi amado Warner este bien. Y respuestas a las mil preguntas que tengo.
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1,088 reviews6,590 followers
April 16, 2020
1.) Shatter Me ★★★★
*.) Destroy Me ★★★★
2.) Unravel Me ★★★★.5
*.) Fracture Me ★★★
3.) Ignite Me ★★★★★
4.) Restore Me ★★★★
*.) Shadow Me ★★★
5.) Defy Me ★★★.5
*.) Reveal Me ★★★
6.) Imagine Me ★★

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I think if I read this before reading Defy Me, I would have enjoyed this more, because shocking things are revealed in this novella but we also find out about them in Defy Me. I blame this on amazon not having this novella available in australia for THE LONGEST TIME. RUDE.

but, i love kenji so much. and nazeera. wow.
Profile Image for lils✨.
42 reviews19 followers
April 13, 2022
i love kenji's pov, literally so simple and conflictless, because in Juliette's pov, its lowkey chaotic and confusing, I mean make up your mind. my mind is confusing enough, and kenji's is the calm before the storm in a way.

basically, the end/beginning of the 4th and 5th book told in kenji's pov, and some extra scenes with nazeera, I ship them so hardddd, he deserves happiness instead of being a side character that's fed up with everyone's bs

also, the plot twist at the end??!!, can’t seem to wrap my head around it

3.5
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469 reviews379 followers
April 7, 2019
Kenji es la estrella de rock de la serie Shatter Me. Es el mejor amigo / amante que todos deberían querer y también inspirar para ser. Es fiel a su palabra, leal, brutalmente honesto y su sentido del humor es fantástico. Kenji tiene la personalidad más increíble. ¡No sé cómo alguien en su sano juicio nunca podría AMARLO! Su personaje es todo, uno de mis personajes favoritos absolutos de todos los tiempos. Kenji merece toda la felicidad y el amor en el mundo! Me encanta que hayamos visto el desarrollo de su relación con Nazeera. Realmente disfruté su personaje en Restore Me y esto lo solidificó aún más. Kenji era tan gracioso como de costumbre y las escenas entre él y Warner eran una joya. Cada escena que involucra a esos dos juntos es siempre un diamante. Y las escenas de Juliette y Kenji siempre calientan mi corazón.

Estaba más que emocionada de tener el punto de vista de Kinji, ha pasado mucho tiempo. Normalmente no soy el mayor fanático de las novelas cortas desde el punto de vista de otro personaje, nunca son lo suficientemente largas para satisfacerme, pero Shadow Me fue maravilloso. Esta fue una mirada perfecta dentro de los pensamientos de Kenji y al ver los eventos de Restore Me a través de sus ojos. Esta novela casi me mata. Dios mío, en ocasiones fue tan desgarrador que derramé algunas lágrimas. Estuve en una montaña rusa de emociones. En general, esta fue realmente una gran lectura. Aunque debo admitir que esperaba más historia de fondo sobre su vida. Pero aún así, no me decepcionó. Tahereh Mafi es una escritora increíble y una genia absoluta. Realmente espero que obtengamos más POV de Kenji en Defy Me.
Profile Image for Zainab.
365 reviews465 followers
March 8, 2019
I love Kenji mannn. He used to be my favourite but got replaced by Warner but then Warner turned out to be this lovey dovey ball of cringe so I'm back to Kenji now.
Kenji's exactly what he says about himself; 'a goddamn joy'
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