Title: Boy Shattered
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 16th
Genre(s): Young Adule
Page Count: 317 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
You’ll make it out of here, Brian. I swear.
I had everything. I was school quarterback, popular with girls, and my dad was proud of me. I told myself it didn’t matter no one knew the real me. And then I nearly died. Landon saved my life. He’s the bravest guy I know. He came out a few years ago, proud and fierce, and he ran into gunfire to help others. Me, I’m a mess. Can’t even stand to be in a room with the curtains open. But here’s the thing about losing it all: You get a chance to start over and be someone new, someone true. Only how can I move on when the two shooters who attacked our school were never caught? And why do I feel like I’m still in the crosshairs?
Will you kiss me?
When I came across Brian Marshall, the hottest guy in school, dying on the cafeteria floor, I did what anyone would do. I tried to save him. His request surprised me, but I figured he needed comfort, so I kissed him on the forehead. When he survived and came back to school, he was broken in body and mind. He still needed me, and soon we were unlikely besties. But what I witnessed that day woke me up. I want to demand action on gun control, lead protests, raise my fist. I’ll tear the world down if I have to. And if I can get the boy of my dreams and save the world at the same time? I’ll take it. Only I didn’t understand that the horror at Jefferson Waller High wasn’t over.
No matter you who you are this book will hit you. I felt especially moved because I have a daughter in this age group. Right before school started, I asked how she was feeling about the upcoming school starting, and she said “nervous.” I responded that it was natural to be nervous- new school, new year and all that. She responded, “Not that, mom. I’m scared someone will try something crazy because it’s the first day.” That broke my heart. Our children shouldn’t have to worry about being killed at their school. So, that conversation was fresh on my mind while reading; this book did give me high anxiety at times. Be forewarned: this is not a light YA read.
Boy Shattered by Eli Easton is a heartbreaking, thought-provoking story about a school shooting. It’s about loss and the guilt that comes with surviving something like this. The feelings expressed felt realistic. It has outstanding character development and a steady pace. Most importantly though- as sad as heart-rending as this book was, it was also full hope. Also, there was little relationship angst between Brian and Landon- which I was thankful for.
I won’t go more in-depth than that because this a story you have to experience, and I don’t think a review would do it justice. Kudos to Eli Easton for writing something that is so difficult to address, in a such a beautiful matter.