Under the threat of discovery and the possibility of testifying in a televised trial, Lizzie fights to keep her secrets and start her life over.
One Broken Day is a brilliantly imagined story exploring the ways we are all broken and at the same time, offered redemption in the most unexpected of places.
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Lizzie Beringer had everything a teenage girl could want, popularity, a gorgeous boyfriend, and superstar parents that could give her the world. One day, everything changed when her brother became a murderer at their high school shooting, leaving Lizzie no choice but to start over. Under false identities, Lizzie and her mother move to Nantucket Island where they try to begin new lives and deal with the terrible decision that her brother made. While trying to cope with her PTSD, Lizzie must deal with two local boys competing for her attention. The school's star athlete, Michael Wickersham, and Lizzie's lab partner, Gage Pike, have never seen eye to eye in the past and certainly do not now as they both fight for her attention. Soon, all of Lizzie's secrets are revealed when she is called back to her home town and her picture is shown all over the news. She must find her inner strength as she is forced to relive the worst day of her life as she testifies at her brother's televised trial. Lizzie's story has a unique point of view as the victim of her brother's school shooting. Melissa MacVicar did a great job with her visualization of the different scenes throughout the storyline and the characters were developed well. The moral of the story is to believe in yourself and be kind to others, you never now what struggles they may be going through. "One Broken Day" is a great read for teens! (Thank you Melissa MacVicar for providing me with a copy of your novel in exchange for my honest review!)
Lizzie Berringer's younger brother Thomas is in jail, awaiting trial for killing four people in a school shooting. One of them was Lizzie's best friend Hannah. Four months later, Lizzie moves from Los Angeles to Nantucket where she starts school under the assumed identity of Lainey Darwin. But, suffering from depression and anxiety, she is having trouble adjusting to the normalcy of school life. And with rivals Wick and Gage both vying for her affections, she's getting more attention than she ever wanted. What will happen if her secret comes out? The story is told from both Lainey's and Gage's points of view, interspersed with passages written in italics, detailing the events leading up to the shooting. The book explores how a school shooting affects the family of the shooter. While "We Need to Talk About Kevin" by Lionel Shriver focuses on the shooter's mother, this book focuses on the effects of the shooting on the shooter's sibling. And it does a great job. This book is not only a family drama and romance, but it is also full of all sorts of complex characters and relationships. It's nice to see Wick grow through the course of the story. I especially love his exchange with Sybil and his wrestling match with Gage. Warnings: coarse language, sexual references, drug use, violence, underage drinking, school shooting. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post (27 July): https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2017/07/one-broken-day-by-melissa-macvicar.html