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  • Posted August 25, 2009

    Sends shivers down your bones, and makes you question family, relationships, and how far you would go to keep things together, to try and fix what was broken...

    Teen author Hannah Moskowitz blows her readers away with this stunning debut novel. It's not often that you see a debut novel deal with self-destructive behavior, a family struggling to manage a chronically and acutely ill child, and the natural and normal rollercoaster of teenage life.

    Moskowitz treads a careful line between "too much" and "not enough" with these touchy subjects, but does so artfully, weaving narrator Jonah's voice between truly horrifying descriptions of Jonah's crunching bones and his brother Jesse's potentially lethal allergic reactions to--well, everything. This is a subject that could easily get overblown, but even in the most dramatic aspects of Moskowitz's delicate subjects, Jonah's voice is real as he talks himself down from internal panics to real actions. His deliberate and careful breaking of his own body is gruesome, but believable.

    As with all YA novels, pacing and realism are amongst the most important. Moskowitz's strengths lie in her dialogue and, without a doubt, her pacing. The suspense is built so that the reader is caught up with Jonah's increasing sense that things are not as in control as he wished they were, and the reader never feels rushed along for the sake of page length or plot points. Moskowitz's very real subjects are strong enough to overwhelm the only scene, towards the end, which trembles at the edge of unbelievable. By that point, however, the reader is so torn between being sympathetic towards Jonah's plight, and being horrified at the world crumbling around him, that this minor issue shouldn't hang them up much.

    Overall, an excellent, complex novel from a young, promising author. I would recommend this to any teen or fan of young adult lit.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

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    A REAL Jaw-Dropping Edgy and Thrilling Adventure!!

    When I purchased this book I didn't bother to read the complete intro. Just a few lines from the author about the book was enough to pull me in. I thought. "A book about a boy that wants to break all his bones to be stronger? Hmm this will be an interested twisted story." And was I right. I thought this book was very thrilling and real.

    The main character blames himself for everything, without barely noticing. He decides that because his oldest of youngest brothers' is practically dying, that he needs to be as strong as he can to deal with it. Where the idea of breaking every bone in his body becomes a great idea. Because everyone knows that when a bone breaks it grows can stonger, right? So he's on a mission. To become this strong kid that keeps his family together. And he believes by doing this his brother will live happy. He just doesn't realize that he's breaking himself down more. He's making his family suffer more. And at the end, is it worth it? Is he making everything better?

    I have to say that while reading this book, from the first sentence I forgot that the author was a High School student...Younger than me. And when I was done (within roughly ten hours of hardly putting the book down) I read the 'About the Author' Page reading that Hannah is still in High School. Amazing! This is a total must-read!!

    ...I wonder where her creative writing will take us next...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2009

    Great Read for Young Adults

    From the first page, the author had me hooked. She uses dialogue (with some swearing so Reader Beware) extremely well to create three-dimensional young characters. The premise seems odd until the reader begins to understand the characters. It then all comes together. The book is emotional and intelligent.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2009

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    A Fantastic Debut Novel!

    Wow. I read this whole book before reading the little "about the author" at the end of the book. If they hadn't told me, I would have never guessed the author was STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL!?!

    I was so pleasantly surprised with this book. I didn't think I was going to like it at all. It just didn't sound like something I would be in to. A boy who wants to break all of his bones to become stronger? I decided to give it a go because Ordinary Ghosts was boring the beegeezus out of me and I needed something different. I also thought I've been reading so much paranormal stuff right now, a more realistic fiction book might be a nice change. I was blown away at how much this book struck me.

    Jonah is such a real character. Moskowitz captures the mind-set of what I feel a self-harmer would be. I've always thought that you've got to be pretty looney to want to hurt yourself to feel better. The way Jonah has so much depth to his character is just...well..amazing.

    There is a very large psychological element to the book. Not as in a psychological thriller kind of way...but more of a 'what the heck is going on in this guys head' kind of way. I think it is captured well. Jonah, and his family, are a bit nutty. It is a hard thing to capture for a veteran author, and an amazing thing for a debut novel of a 17-year old! Many times it comes off as unbelievable. Moskowitz's writing captures the family dynamics perfectly. There are strong realtionships between the characters. Some healthy, some not.

    One thing that might deter some readers is the use of profanity, however, show me a group of average 17-year-old boys where you hear no profanity. I didn't feel that the language was unnecessary as I have in other novels. Sometimes I feel that the language adds nothing to the story, this is not the case in Break.

    The plot, characters, and storyline were very enjoyable. I will definitely be keeping my eyes out for future novels from this author. I can only imagine what will come flowing from her creativity as she becomes more experienced and continues writing.

    Thank you to Kristen at Bookworming in the 21st Century for passing on this ARC to me through one of her cool giveaways.

    One last note, the ARC I read is only 262 pages and Amazon has the book listed at 272 pages. I'm hoping I didn't miss 10 pages of stuff!

    Please visit me at my blog, Between the Lines, at www.jennifermorrill.wordpress.com. I'd love to hear from you!
    ~Jenn

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    This is somewhat stunning.

    Honestly a great book. A touching story. Well developed characters that you fall in love with, a stellar plot, and great writing. Hannah moskowitz does a great job of connecting with her audience and she knows what the teenage reader is looking for. 156 pages.

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    Wow

    Great book! Hope the author continues to write.

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    great book!!!!!!!!!

    i really liked this book. if ur looking at this book then u should totally get it!!!!!!

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

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    great book

    wow what a ride jonah takes you on great book.just wish it ended different

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2010

    BREAK by Hannah Moskowitz: a good weekend read.

    I recommend this book because the story itself is compelling and because the pace is so quick the average reader can finish it in a single day, two at most. But some of the writing is amateurish, and that distracted me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2010

    What a journey!

    A truly frightening idea, only for its realism. A relatable story that takes "normal" to an extreme that jars in a thoughtful way. I will never forget this story and the lessons it taught me, nor will I stop recommending and discussing it with friends. thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Break by Hannah Moskowitz

    I really, really enjoyed this book. Originally, I thought it would focus on Jonah actually breaking his bones, but it turned out to be more an emotional journey than self-destruction, which is fine with me. I love emotional journeys and the book was written beautifully; Hannah captures Jonah's voice very well.

    I'd definitely recommend this to others.

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