Breaking Glass [NOOK Book]

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On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, he's not sure whether they're real or if he's losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes he must discover the truth or become the next victim himself.
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Overview

On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, he's not sure whether they're real or if he's losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes he must discover the truth or become the next victim himself.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
12/01/2013
Gr 9 Up—This novel is an edge-of-your-seat thriller with a supernatural twist. Jeremy Glass is the star runner for his high school track team, has a stellar GPA, and is in love with his best friend Ryan's girlfriend, Susannah. He's also a secret alcoholic. He uses vodka to escape the nightmares that have haunted him since his mother drove the two of them off a cliff. However, for the past year, he's found himself relying on alcohol to dull his desire for Susannah, as well. The night she discovers Ryan cheating on her, Jeremy follows them to the gorge where they are engaged in a heated argument. Hoping to mediate, he leaps from his car directly into the path of an oncoming truck. He awakens in the hospital with a crushed leg and to the news that Susannah is missing. Once he is released, he begins to receive links to videos and cryptic messages indicating that she is dead and becomes determined to find her killer. In a fog of pain killers combined with alcohol, Jeremy risks his life to uncover a past murder that involved his mother, Susannah's mother, and Ryan's wealthy and influential father. Amowitz does an exceptional job of portraying the fragile mental state of a young man who has faced three devastating losses. Readers will wonder if he is truly solving a murder or experiencing a mental meltdown.—Cary Frostick, formerly at Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937053390
  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 9,735
  • File size: 419 KB

Meet the Author

Lisa Amowitz is an artist and graphic designer by trade, but writing has always been a deep and abiding passion. As a mom of an actual teen, she's not just writing YA; she's living it.
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  • Posted January 2, 2014

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    There is so much to love about this book!!!  It was a thriller t

    There is so much to love about this book!!!  It was a thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat from cover to cover. I was trying to guess plot right up until the end, but it was hard because there were tons of twists and turns to keep me on my toes. But even though there was lots of nail biting and adrenaline flowing through BREAKING GLASS, there was also a wonderful sense of balance because of the romance. Interesting relationships occurred in more than one thread of the story and while the “best” relationships were fabulous, some were dysfunctional, but in a great way. I also really enjoyed Jeremy Glass’ voice. I think Amowitz has a natural talent for writing teenage boy. There were multiple times through out the book where I muttered “stupid boy” under my breath, while acknowledging how spot-on my aggravation with Jeremy was. Additionally, I really loved the small town dynamics that were at play during the entire novel. While not every small town has all the politics, social hierarchy issues and corruption that Jeremy’s town does, I certainly could see more than a few truths about human nature breaking through.
    And when you rush right out to pick up your copy of Amowitz’s debut novel, don’t forget to ogle and admire the fabulous cover for BREAKING GLASS, designed by the author herself. 

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  • Posted November 8, 2013

    On the surface, ¿Breaking Glass¿ appears that it is going to be

    On the surface, “Breaking Glass” appears that it is going to be a typical romance; a love story between two individuals PLUS the best friend / third wheel who is really right for the girl. And make that a YA romance since our protagonists are seniors in high school.

    Now, take that assumption and toss it out the window, because author Lisa Amowitz turns it on its ear.

    Everyone has secrets. The characters in “Breaking Glass” are no exception. BUT … the depth of those secrets, and how they intertwine, provides a richness and depth which I do not often find in ANY novel, let alone And, while you’re at it, DROP the concept of those categories altogether. This book successfully mixes YA, romance, mystery/suspense, horror, and others into a cohesive page-turner.

    I found it difficult to put this book down; trying to find out what happened to a missing girl began to peel away secrets upon secrets – EVERY major character (including a few who were deceased long before the timeframe of the book) had a secret, and they all seemed to intertwine.

    RATING: Unhesitant – 5 stars. It kept my attention and will remain with me long after I’ve finished reading my NEXT book.

    DISCLOSURE: I am part of an approximately 20 person distribution list who are passing along and reading the same copy of this book. It was provided by the author free of charge, with the request that we read it promptly, then provide a review and that we post a photo of us with the book before sending along to the next person on the list.

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  • Posted September 7, 2013

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        I liked this dark and twisty book and connected with Jeremy.

        I liked this dark and twisty book and connected with Jeremy.  He was a complicated character with a lot of problems, and only found more as the book went along. It was very realistic when dealing with the medical aspects though. He lost a leg and had a long battle to healing and recovery, and none of it was skimmed over. 
        Jeremy is such a joker on the outside, but underneath, he is dealing with a lot. He has issues with water, ptsd, drinking, and then he, the track star, lost his leg. 
        There are several players in this story, and I never knew what to think, what happened to Suzannah, or what other secrets were floating around. It was quite a journey as Jeremy tried to uncover truths, and struggled with himself whether he was insane, and I, as the reader, often wondered that as well since his mother had the history of mental illness. 
        For the most part it feels like a contemporary, but there are scenes with ghostly presences, and seeming messages and dreams from beyond the grave, so it mostly read like a mystery and thriller, and a good one at that. 
       I liked the ending, and though at a couple of parts it felt a bit rushed to tie up all of the ends, it definitely left me flipping through the pages needing to find the answers to the questions unearthed in the book. Everything was answered and although there were a few people that didn't quite get their hea, they still have the best possible for what the story threw at them. 




    Bottom Line: Dark mystery that left me flipping pages eager to know what happens.

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  • Posted July 10, 2013

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    Thrilling, a little dark and creepy, with lots of twist and turn

    Thrilling, a little dark and creepy, with lots of twist and turns
    Jeremy Glass has been in love with his best friend's girlfriend since 9th grade.  Rather than tell her how he feels, he puts on his mask, sucks it up, pretends it doesn't bother him.  After all, it is completely wrong to go after your best friend's girlfriend, especially when your kind of a Geek and he's one of the most popular guys in school.  He settles instead on being Susannah's friend.  What really bothers him the most, is covering up for Ryan when he cheats on Susannah behind her back, which he has done quite a few times.  Susannah shows up after a play Ryan is in one night, when she is supposedly out of town, and catches Ryan in the act, despite Jeremy's attempts to keep her from walking in on it.  She takes off, Ryan follows, and Jeremy follows them.  This is the night that everyone's life changes forever.  Jeremy has been drinking, and when he pulls over after seeing Susannah and Ryan, he isn't sure what is going on.  The next thing he knows he is waking up in the hospital with his leg held together by pins and rods after being hit by a truck, and no one knows where Susannah is.  When days turn to weeks, and weeks turn to months, Jeremy is determined to find out what is going on, while trying to deal with the pain of his shattered leg and shattered dreams.  His problems that he has hidden so well for so many years seem to come to the surface, forcing him to look at his past, as well as his present, and his future going forward.  Secrets are revealed, friendships are tested, and when Susannah starts seemingly speaking to Jeremy from beyond the grave, things really get weird.  Jeremy isn't sure if it is real or if he is losing his mind.  Nevertheless, he is determined to push past his own problems and find out just what has happened to Susannah.




    Breaking Glass is thrilling, mysterious, and somewhat dark.  The book is told primarily from Jeremy's point of view, except for a few segments near the end.  It is set up in a "then" and "now" perspective, which works really well, letting you see into the past, as well as the present.  The plot is intense, creepy, and thrilling.  I really liked Jeremy's character.  He's goes through so much in this book, yet maintains his sense of humor despite all the horrible things that happen to him and are going on around him, and despite the fact that he is pretty messed up himself.  As the mystery unfolds, Lisa Amowitz takes you on a journey with twists and turns along the way that you never see coming.  Just when I thought I had something figured out, Lisa Amowitz would take things in a different direction.  This made for quite an entertaining read.  Small town secrets that go back for years are revealed, mysteries unravel, new friendships are formed, and then the paranormal element takes things to a whole new and kind of scary level.  If you love a good suspenseful thriller with a paranormal aspect and a little romance, which is intriguing, mysterious, and keeps you turning the pages to see what happens next, then Breaking Glass is something I would recommend checking out.  

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  • Posted July 10, 2013

    Breaking Glass is a gripping, emotionally-raw story. Jeremy's st

    Breaking Glass is a gripping, emotionally-raw story. Jeremy's story is at times reality-bending, but heartbreakingly real. It's a gritty YA mystery with creepy supernatural elements, that explores some disturbing & mature issues. The main character, Jeremy Glass, is deeply flawed, but also sympathetic. I was routing for him -- even yelling at him at times! -- but I was always on his side. I kept flipping through the pages greedily, eager to know what was going to happen next.  A great (creepy) book for one of those summer thunderstorm days when you're curled up in a cozy armchair (praying your house doesn't get hit by lightning. ;) Recommended for older teens with a taste for horror (not graphic or gory, more spooky/creepy), some mature themes. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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  • Posted July 8, 2013

    BREAKING GLASS is the story of a teenager whose secret crush dis

    BREAKING GLASS is the story of a teenager whose secret crush disappears one night, a night of which he has only shattered memories. He must figure out what happened to her, especially once she starts contacting him... to solve her murder.

    This story will haunt you in more ways than one. BREAKING GLASS is such an intense, edgy, sad, creepy, amazing, and un-put-downable read! We are delighted to have it at Spencer Hill.

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