Book will be published November 1, 2016!
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Title: Until I Break
Author: Kara Bietz
Publisher: Albert Whitman and Company
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Two boys: One, a star athlete and top student with a deep-seated need to prove himself. The other, a chip-on-his-shoulder quarterback who will never settle for second best. When gunshots echo through the halls of Broadmeadow High School, whose finger is on the trigger?
A year before the shooting, Sam North has a bright future as a well as a problem that nobody else seems to see—Ace Quinn, his neighbor and teammate. For years, Ace has been bullying and harassing Sam, yet he’s managed to deftly conceal his actions and threats from the rest of the world. As Ace’s secret rage intensifies, Sam becomes more desperate to stop him. But how far will he go? And what if Ace takes his threats even farther?
Thank you so much to the lovely Thomas Allen & Son for sending me an advanced readers copy of this book!
This story follows our main character Sam North as he struggles to deal with his near life-long bully, Ace Quinn. Even though it is categorized as a young adult novel, this book really discusses the depth of bullying and harassment, which is why it’s so powerful to me.
It shows how bullying can impact your life so heavily, and how Sam’s character slowly changes overtime due to it, in alternating timelines told from Before and After.
The characters in this book all seemed so real, which really stood out to me. Showing the ups and downs that every person individually faces, along with getting through their daily struggles. Even though there are some characters you hate, you can’t help but sympathize with them, based on the hints the author gives.
I did enjoy this book quite a bit. There weren’t any slow moments, where you would find yourself drifting away. Since it is a fairly short book, everything is fast-paced and you just want to keep reading.
The alternating timelines were a bit confusing at first, but once you get used to it, it definitely adds a positive aspect to the book.
The only problem I had with this book, was that I wanted more. I wanted to know a bit more about what was going on with our characters during and after the shooting. It seemed a bit vague, but I guess that was a given, especially since this book has that suspenseful vibe to it.
I definitely would recommend this book to all you who are looking for a serious YA novel that deals with more darker themes. Or if you’re looking for a book that is very relateable and very real.
Thanks for reading!