Not Broken, Just Bent

Not Broken, Just Bent

by Mia Kerick
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Not Broken, Just Bent 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Tzelibooks More than 1 year ago
I think reading Not Broken, Just Bent is the fastest I have ever finished one of Mia Kerick's books. It has to do with one of the main characters, Ben Wells, who is the only point of view. As he ages throughout the story and his frame of mind goes through several changes, Ms. Kerick makes all those transitions so seamless, so fluid, that I just kept reading and reading. I knew time was passing, Ben was growing, and his ideas were evolving, but the story flows so smoothly I didn't think to stop at all. I opened this book twice: once early one night, had one day of work in between, and opened it again till I finished it late the second night - that's how smoothly I slipped into the tale and reached the end. Childhood friends Benjamin Wells and Timmy Norton, or 'BenandTim' as other kids eventually called them, begin high school facing challenges that will put a strain on their relationship. Ben's trying hard to please his strict father and get along with the other guys in school, but he's ignoring Tim's very difficult home life, and ignoring his own growing feelings for Tim that go beyond friendship. Tim gets more distant, and keeps escaping his problems through too much partying and drugs. Ben's desperate efforts to save his friend and deny his own feelings bring about a betrayal of trust that will irrevocably change their lives. Mia Kerick has written very sweet, touching stories of troubled teens rising above their difficult lives, and I have enjoyed those stories, but this is the first time I've come across a tale where she shows me how that difficult life unfolds. I loved the tender treatment of Tim's problematic domicile, softened by taking the point of view of the best friend trying to ignore said trouble. Tim's and Ben's friendship was well portrayed, not just by how they were with each other, but how other characters interacted with that friendship. From the responsibility both boys feel for Tim's three younger sisters, to the unspoken affection Ben's father shows for Tim, treating his son's best friend as his own kid every time Tim came over, these supporting characters showed the boys had a friendship that was solid and had built up over time. I also loved the subtle way Ben's thinking evolved: how angst in his younger years changed over time, how his maturity blossomed, and all done in an easygoing, friendly voice that flowed so smoothly from one chapter to another. Ben is not a 'together' guy, and I committed to him immediately, but it is the tone of amiable openness and smooth transitions as the boys grew up that makes the pages fly by. Not Broken, Just Bent is a must read. The characters are likeable and their dilemmas are very moving. It is Ms. Kerick's skill in tone and subtle character development that absorbed my attention, and I hope others discover this sweet YA story. Recommended.
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It was well written and awesome story and I love the characters well not all of them, but all in all it's a funny, dramatic, sad, mixed emotion story.
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