Break

Break

by Hannah Moskowitz
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Break by Hannah Moskowitz

Jonah is on a mission to break every bone in his body. Everyone knows that broken bones grow back stronger than they were before. And Jonah wants to be stronger—needs to be stronger—because everything around him is falling apart. Breaking, and then healing, is Jonah’s only way to cope with the stresses of home, girls, and the world on his shoulders. This is the story of his self-destructive spiral, his rock-bottom moment, and how he finally learns to accept help and find true strength through recovery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439159064
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 08/25/2009
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 703,026
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author


Hannah Moskowitz
lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she is currently completing her senior year of high school and working on her next YA novel.
Hannah Moskowitz is the award-winning author of the young adult novels BreakInvincible SummerGone, Gone, Gone; and Teeth; as well as the middle grade novels Zombie Tag and Marco Impossible. She lives in New York City. Learn more at HannahMoskowitz.com.

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Break 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Aslera More than 1 year ago
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.
cal-love More than 1 year ago
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...
RPVReader More than 1 year ago
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.
BetweenTheLines More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Break was unlike any other book I've ever read. I wasn't a big fan of Naomi, but I did like Jonah and his relationship with his brother. As intense as Jonah's self-injuring habits were, Moskowitz captured it with realism that made you feel as though you were suffering right along with him. This book definitely isn't for everyone and can be a bit heavy due to the actual breaking, but if you're up for a YA contemporary that is crazy different (and a bit crazy) and borderline dark, grab this one. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little worried about reading book because it didn't look all to good, but once I started reading a couldn't put it down and sad to see it enf
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book amazing and the story it told so interesting I couldn't put it down the idea of doing these things to yourself to try to make yourself stronger is compelling to me. I havnt broke a bone before but a friend that did tells me it sucks so I cant imagine someone doing it on purpose. Overall an amazing read and I know it won't happen but I want a follow up.
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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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kikitiki More than 1 year ago
Great book! Hope the author continues to write.
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Madi Parker More than 1 year ago
i really liked this book. if ur looking at this book then u should totally get it!!!!!!
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A_Cappello More than 1 year ago
wow what a ride jonah takes you on great book.just wish it ended different