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Half Dead & Fully Broken

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Carter Colby is the most unpopular teen at Jefferson High. This would be easier to deal with if his identical twin brother, Marcus, weren't the hottest, most popular boy in school. When Marcus is killed in a motorcycle accident, Carter discovers the one thing more painful than trying to compete with Mr. Wonderful: wearing his dead brother's face. He felt invisible before t ...more
Kindle Edition, 235 pages
Published February 21st 2019 (first published January 19th 2015)
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Wow. I don’t know what I was expecting when I started Half Dead & Fully Broken, but I can tell you whatever it was was far exceeded. HD&FB is one of those stories that just kind of snuck up on me, with the way it made me feel. I don’t really even know how to put it into words! It probably doesn’t help that I’ve been overwhelmed lately thinking of Elijah McClain, so to say I’ve been all up in my feels is putting it mildly.

My heart really ached for Carter. I was going to say I can’t imagine everyt
Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)
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I recieved and ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

Actual Rating 4.5 Stars

This story begins with Carter’s description of the day; the perfect day with the perfect weather and him with his perfect twin. What could possibly go wrong? Famous last words, really.
Carter loses his twin in a horrific accident, yet he is the one who is ostracised. Why? Because, he is the twin who lived. Marcus was the one who was well liked,
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Carter is a social outcast and quite the opposite from his identical twin brother Marcus. After Marcus dies in a motorcycle accident, people really seem to be unable to be near him, as he reminds them of Marcus. Then Marcus' ghost starts visiting Carter to teach him some lessons and to get him to help with something important.

It was quite an entertaining, fast paced read. I finished it within a day. I found especially the begin

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I love it when you start a book, not knowing what to expect from it and you end up loving it! Half Dead & Fully Broken was a bit strange in some ways, but it was also very heartbreaking and sweet at the same time. Very weird.

Half Dead & Fully Broken is about Carter. His brother just died in a horrible accident. Not just his brother, his identical twin brother. Before the accident he was invisible, now everyone sees him, sees his dead broth
Jessica Folded Between the Pages of Books
If an author uses offensive language in a book, I automatically deduct a star. That's if I can even finish. The main characters used retarded multiple times in this book. When are authors and editors going to learn that this is a offensive word? And yes, trolls, I realize that teenagers use this word. That's not the point. When someone in real life uses an offensive word like that, I can tell them that they're being a stupid jerk and then I can decide to never speak to them if they continue to u ...more
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received a copy of Half Dead and Fully Broken from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. This does not influence my opinion in any shape or form.

The beginning of this book is so strong. I was immediately sucked into it. I believe in ghosts, spirits, the whole unfinished business thing, the whole waking up at 3 in the morning is the mocking hour (okay maybe I’ve seen too many exorcists movies) but anyway I totally believe in this whole concept. I was anxious to see just what way Kevin wa
Medeia Sharif
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novel's description about Carter and his personal tragedies pulled me in and I wasn't disappointed. The tension, emotions, and riveting storyline had me clinging to the characters until the end. I read it in two days and found it a fast read. This is the second YA book I've read from Craig and I hope to read more. ...more
Lori Twining
Carter Colby. Marcus Colby. Identical twins, right down to the mole on their foot... all except for their personalities and demeanour. When you take these two factors into account, the twins are almost opposites. One quiet, shy, not many friends... the other, outgoing, popular, has a girlfriend and many friends. Due to a tragic accident, one of the boys die. This shocks everyone, especially the boy who feels responsible for the fatality. Life cannot be easy for him. But then, life can't be easy ...more
Mar 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This egalley was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.

Marcus and Carter Colby are physically identical twins although their personalities and lives could not be any more different. Marcus is the embodiment of the popular high school kid, friends with everyone, loved and adored by all, has looking good down to an art form (although he is actually nice, not a faker). Carter on the other hand tends to slide through hig
This book was very different from something I would normally choose for myself, but I am so glad I did. The story follows Carter and his twin brother Marcus. We see what happens when two becomes one when they are in an accident and only one twin dies. I could not imagine what it would be like to wake up and have to see the face of my dead brother in the mirror day after day let alone see my dead brother. Marcus helps Carter, Mel, and Justin find closure and brings them all together. A group of f ...more
Carter Colby is the most unpopular kid in school. This wouldn’t be so bad if his twin brother Marcus weren’t the most popular kid in school. But when Marcus is killed in a motorcycle accident, Carter is left like a dead man walking, because he is wearing his brother’s face, and things won’t ever be the same.
Ellen Klock
What does it mean to be a twin? Is it this mystical connection which transcends time and space, even after death? When one hears of a tragic accident involving a teenager, we groan with dismay, but if we discover that the victim is also a twin, we cringe even more. It's something about the idea of two beings who are almost one that gets us in the gut when they are torn apart, as if they were conjoined at the heart.

Kevin Craig uses this pull in his story Half Dead, Fully Broken. Identical twins M
J.S. Frankel
Mar 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While this was better than Burn Baby, Burn Baby, I found it sort of creepy. I read Burn Baby, Burn Baby, and was massively disappointed. Figured I'd never pick up another book by this author again. Well, a friend of mine happened to get this book and said it was a cool tale of the hereafter. So...give it a shot. Be fair, as every writer has put out at least one tank effort. So, I dove into it.

Sorry I did. While it's nowhere near as poorly written as BBBB (IMO), I found the premise fascinating bu
Aurora Dimitre
-I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review-

You know how in basically everything with a set of twins nowadays, one of the twins isn't going to make it out? That's basically this book, except in this book, we get to see the aftermath of losing a twin, of losing someone so close to you they're basically your other half, with a dash of magical realism/paranormal-y stuff thrown in there.

That alone is enough to be interesting, but add in a friendship with the dude that k
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

This was another book that really caught my attention when I originally read the blurb. It looked as much a character-driven story as a plot-driven one and although it was a little depressing to read, I found it really easy and engaging. It didn’t take me that long to finish reading it and I was disappointed to reach the end of the book, because I felt that there was a lot more of the story to be to
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My take on this book was quite different from what the blurb suggested. One twin dies and hangs around as a guiding spirit to heal those that his death is most likely to destroy. While I knew the author was trying to show Marcus' mission from beyond the grave as a positive attempt to do something good, I just couldn't shake the feeling that he was sinister. I didn't think the new relationships that ...more
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
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I could not put this book down! I was drawn in from page one, with the excellent detail and character descriptions. I felt as though I was right alongside Carter, experiencing the tragedy, the pain and the ultimate torture of losing your other half.

We always talk about how hard it is to lose your other half, when you love them, but this takes that loss even further. I can't imagine the pain of having to wake every day, look in the mirror and see the face of the loved one who was
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
I received this book from Curiosity Quills in return for a fair and honest review.

This book starts with a bang and will draw you in as you continue to read every word. Imagine being an identical twin, identical in every way even down to a mole on your foot. Now imagine that you are the quieter one, the one who messes things up rather than puts them right. Imagine that your twin in the "go-to guy" in every situation. Now imagine that in an accident caused by abnormal behaviour, he is ripped away
Silvia F.
Feb 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, own, ya
I received this book in exchange for an honest review through First Reads.

Half Dead & Fully Broken is a book about loss, love and forgiveness. Carter Colby loses his twin brother Marcus in a terrible motorcycle accident. Being his identical twin, Carter cannot escape looking in the mirror and seeing his dead brother. He joins Melanie and Justin in a journey to cope with the loss of Marcus whom everyone regarded as "Mr. Perfect". The story of Carter, Marcus, Melanie and Justin is both heartbreaki
Caroline Wissing
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this heartrending and moving story, Carter Colby's identical twin, Marcus, is killed in an accident and Carter has to somehow keep going. He must forever wear the face of his more popular and beloved dead brother: to school, in front his parents, in his own mirror.

We get to know Carter as the novel progresses. Through this tragedy, Carter begins to learn that he has more to offer the world than simply living in the shadow of a popular brother. He has strengths in his own right and he develops
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

In Half Dead & Fully Broken, we follow a young boy called Carter who has a twin brother called Marcus who may look exactly like him but is his complete opposite in all other fields: popular, friendly, confident and so much more. He can do basically anything, but he isn't mean or arrogant about it. One day though, Marcus dies in a motorcycle accident and Carter is left alone, never being able to forget ab
Sep 04, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, I didn't like this book as much as I would have liked to. After reading Kevin Craig's Burn Baby, Burn Baby, I had high expectations for this book. I was disappointed.

Although it was an interesting premise and Craig's writing was amazing (as usual), it still doesn't change how lacking in plot the book is. After reading about 40% of the novel and nothing actually happening, my interest started to fade, and it continued to do so until the end of the book.

There wasn't really a plot a
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I was very excited to read this book because I had read and loved Burn Baby, Burn Baby by the same author. The ideas, the plot and the characters were great, but somehow I felt that he - Kevin Craig - could have done a better work. I don't mean this in a cruel way, it's just that he did it so well in his other book, that I really know he's a great author.

I enjoyed the book, specially the original paranormal side, but I felt I needed more, more pages, more explanations. I like the way the book
Melanie Hooyenga
I've always enjoyed Craig's writing and HALF DEAD doesn't disappoint. This story of a boy who loses his twin in a horrific accident and the aftermath his appearance has on everyone around him gave me a new perspective on what it can mean to lose a loved one, especially someone THAT close to you. The frustration, grief, and anguish felt real. Carter is far from perfect, and his views on the world are realistic -- not sugar-coated or so over-the-top like some books can be.

The only part that felt o
Vivienne Sutton
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Insight into grieving

Wow. This book was much more than I expected. Grief, loss, friendship and identity are all explored skillfully in this story narrated by a teenager whose identical twin has been killed in an accident. What’s it like when you look in the mirror and see your dead brother? What if everyone else sees him when they look at you? What if sometimes he occupies the same skin as you? For once the protagonist is pretty ordinary - neither an athlete nor a genius, sometimes surly to his
Mary June Ablen
I received a PDF copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I gave it 3 stars out of 5 because there's a part of me wanting some more from this book, not that satisfied from what I have read.

But what I like about HDFB is that the main character had his twin so somehow I can relate to other things that has been written on it because I have one,too. And basically for twins, there's one that has a successful social and love life and the other doesn't.

Also, the author has the magic of makin
T.M.B.A. Corbett
This book seems to have divided Kevin Craig fans. He is an amazing author and I really enjoyed Burn Baby Burn Baby and I got the same level of writing skill in this book. However I never really fell for this book. It is quick read, but the characters and dialogue are a little uncomfortable. Also the plot is weird and the girlfriend of the dead guy dating his twin brother two months after his death is not believable. I just didn't like it overall, while others did seem to really love it. So give ...more
Annette Vettese
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading Half Dead and Fully Broken by Kevin is the second book I have read of his and although written for young adults, as a senior, I found it quite entertaining and kept me wanting to read more.
G. Cribbs
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy shit that read way too fast, like a runaway ride on a motorcycle tearing up the asphalt. What a ride. What a rush. What an ending. More to come. Just a tease, like 3:33 a.m. glaring at you night after night. Go read this Na-ow!
Anna Cole
Liked it, but didn't love it. Definitely interesting though. Full review to come. ...more
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Kevin is the author of seven novels: SUMMER ON FIRE (MuseItUp Publishing, 2011),SEBASTIAN'S POET (Musa Publishing, 2012), THE REASONS (Musa Publishing, 2013), BURN BABY BURN BABY (Curiosity Quills Press, 2014), HALF DEAD AND FULLY BROKEN (Curiosity Quills Press, 2015), PRIDE MUST BE A PLACE (MuseItUp Publishing, 2018), and THE CAMINO CLUB (Duet Press/Interlude Press, 2020).

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