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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 July 1, 2011


    Great book! Hope the author continues to write.

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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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