Release Date: September 9th, 2014
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes and noble
Madeleine Kuderick’s gripping debut is a darkly beautiful and lyrical novel in verse, perfect for fans of Sonya Sones and Laurie Halse Anderson. Kiss of Broken Glass pulses with emotion and lingers long after the last page.
In the next seventy-two hours, Kenna may lose everything—her friends, her freedom, and maybe even herself. One kiss of the blade was all it took to get her sent to the psych ward for seventy-two hours. There she will face her addiction to cutting, though the outcome is far from certain.
When fifteen-year-old Kenna is found cutting herself in the school bathroom, she is sent to a facility for mandatory psychiatric watch. There, Kenna meets other kids like her—her roommate, Donya, who’s there for her fifth time; the birdlike Skylar; and Jag, a boy cute enough to make her forget her problems . . . for a moment.
First thing I want to say is that I love books in verse. There is just something about them that is so much more powerful than your typical books in my opinion. Maybe its because since you only have so many words every one has to count or maybe its just that this type of book speaks to me differently. Whatever it is I know I need more of these in my life.
Okay moving on...Kiss of Broken Glass tells the tale of Kenna and what happens when peer pressure turns dangerous. To fit in Kenna has to cut herself and since she doesn't want to be a nobody she decides this is the only alternative. Kenna already feels like the outcast at home so when Rennie tells her this is what she has to do to make friends Kenna doesn't even hesitate because she knows she isn't a cutter and she can quit at any time right? When she is caught at school she is sent to a 72 hour psych eval facility and thus begins her journey.
This wasn't the toughest read I have ever read, but it was powerful in its own way. I felt connected to Kenna and I felt like she needed a hug. I think her story is not the norm since her destructive behavior didn't stem from any type of abusive. She just wanted to fit in and then got trapped in this horrible circle of friends. I sometimes forget how hard it is in high school. I didn't have the easiest time, but I know these days things are much harder for kids and it just breaks my heart. Reading this story makes me think about the future of our kiddos and it sure terrifies me.
I really enjoyed the authors writing as well. She really captured Kenna's voice and made her someone that we have all had in our class at one point or another. I definitely want to keep a watch on this authors future books.
I wish these types of books were required reading for kids in high school and middle school. They aren't pretty and they aren't hopeful sometimes but they are true life and eye opening. I was moved by this story and I really think given to the right people it could make a difference.
The part I wasn't too interested in was the romanceishthing. It wasn't developed but it was there and it just felt weird. I don't think it was needed and I would have preferred to focus on Kenna's other friends in the facility. Or rather just make the boy a friend and nothing more.
My favorite part was the butterfly part. It was such a great symbol and I know I'll be on the lookout for butterflies the next time I go out in the hope that someone is keeping theirs alive.