When sixteen-year-old Jude Calvert sets out to steal stained glass from a broken cathedral window, he finds more than shards of red. He finds Max Rangel - his eye candy from his new LGBT support group - hauling a giraffe carcass across an abandoned part of town with a pack of guys. And he still accepts Max's dinner invite a few days later.
Still, animal lover Jude can't get the giraffe out of his mind. It doesn't take long for him to confront Max, who gives him partial answers and introduces him to a secret brotherhood of not-so-typical game hunters. Unable to tell his mom (the savior of black cats everywhere) or his dad (the zoo's head veterinarian) and unwilling to go back to his overbearing therapist, Jude quickly finds himself sucked into the underground world of taxidermy, theft, and drug deals.
At first, he's willing to do anything for the brotherhood just because he's so thankful to belong to someone again after serious drama with his ex-clique and ex-boyfriend. But when his underground life collides with his life above, he realizes he may have bitten off more than even the biggest animal can chew.
|File size:||310 KB|
About the Author
Nikki Godwin is a Young Adult author. Her books are usually about surfers, musicians, or M/M romances. She can't live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner, and music by Hawthorne Heights. When not writing, she internet-stalks her favorite bands and keeps tabs on surf competitions. Her favorite surfer is Gabriel Medina, but Conner Coffin is a close second. If you ever get her started on surfing or music, she'll never shut up. You've been warned.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I fell in love with Nikki Godwin’s writing when I read Falling from the Sky, and Breaking Saint Jude only enhanced my love for her novels. It was fast-paced, and I read it in three nights. What I loved most about the novel was how well Nikki brings characters to life. Jude Calvert was so well written that I felt like he was a real person, and he was sharing his life with me. When we’re introduced to his new group of friends, which he meets through his love interest Max Rangel, you can’t help but find a piece of yourself in every character. My favorites were Terry, because I met him before in Falling from the Sky, and while he has a shady life, he just gets things, and Tuck. Tuck had some great one-liners that had me snorting with laughter. I also enjoyed the unconventional storyline of a boy and his love for a polar bear and how he stumbles into a world with a type of secret brotherhood who scours the zoos for deceased wildlife to stuff and add to their collection, especially since Jude’s dad works at a zoo, and he’s a huge animal lover and vegetarian. It was a unique story that just made sense. I loved it! Another thing I loved about Breaking Saint Jude how Nikki wove in tiny blips of her other novels, like cross over characters, bands, etc. It made me feel like I was in on a secret, which was totally cool. If you haven’t read any of Nikki’s other novels, do so! They’re all fantastic. I highly recommend Breaking Saint Jude for people who crave a diverse, young adult book with an LGBT main character, for those who like light, clean romances, and those looking for something fun and different to read.