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Break by Hannah Moskowitz
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May 24, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: own, vine, fiction

Moskowitz is a talented young writer who effectively conveys teenage angst in a confident voice. Jonah purposely breaks his bones as a coping mechanism to his brother Jesse’s severe food allergies. Believing that his bones will heal stronger is his way of controlling the stress of his family, which includes a constantly ill Jesse, a screaming infant brother and feuding parents. But when the people who care about him find out his injuries are self-inflicted, Jonah has to face the repercussions of his destructive behavior.

I found it interesting that Meskowitz thanked Chuck Palahniuk for his inspiration in her acknowledgements because Break is very inventive and outside of the box like Chuck. I wish she had developed some aspects more, like Jonah’s parent’s faith or baby Will’s colicky-ness. However, her style is distinct and I was pleased to have enjoyed a young adult novel so much.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via the Amazon Vine Program.
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