What's Broken Between Us
by Alexis Bass
Release Date: December 29th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Alexis Bass’s heartbreakingly beautiful second novel is a tale of love, loss, and learning to forgive.
Look to the left, look to the right. We’re all going to die. But someone has to do it first. So who’s it going to be?
Tragedy struck Amanda Tart’s town a year and a half ago when a sophomore girl was killed in a car accident on graduation night.
Amanda’s brother, Jonathan, was behind the wheel and too drunk to drive. He’s spent the past year in prison and has cut off all ties. But now Jonathan is coming home. Just as Amanda’s trying to figure out what that means for her family and herself, she’s paired up for a school project with Henry Crane—a former crush, and brother of Jonathan’s ex-girlfriend, who survived the crash with horrible injuries.
Everyone is still incredibly damaged by the events of that night. Can Amanda and Henry finally begin to heal what’s broken and find some peace?
What's Broken Between Us follows a girl named Amanda whose brother has literally been the talk of the town lately. You see, about a year ago Jonathan, her older brother, got in a car accident that killed his best friend and paralyzed his girlfriend. The best friend, Grace, was extremely popular and nice so everyone knew her and mourns her everyday. The girlfriend, Sutton, has not been able to live the same life she once did since the accident. Jonathan, of course, was sent to prison for a year and has just been released.
I found this story incredibly heartbreaking. It goes to show that some things are just impossible to get over in life, though you still have to learn to live with your mistakes. Some incidents can just change people so much that they will never be the same person that they once were.
I really liked how this story was told through Amanda's point of view. I found it clever that instead of it being told through Jonathan's eyes, the reader got a look into the life of the sister. Amanda was incredibly sweet though she's been trying so hard to live with what her brother is done. She knows her brother didn't mean any of it and regrets it everyday, but so many people still hate him for what he's done. Only Amanda knows that he's paying for it himself ten times over.
My favorite character was actually Henry. He's the brother of Sutton who is incredibly charming and British. He was always there for Amanda and even though they had been on hiatus for a while they could be suddenly best friends again within an instant.
I honestly can say that this book will probably make my top ten list for this year because I've been absolutely blown away. Please, give this book a read. You won't regret it.
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Alexis Bass grew up in Washington, went to college in Arizona, and spent her early twenties in Seattle. She currently lives in Northern California with Dylan McKay, her gorgeous and rambunctious golden retriever. She loves good fashion and good TV as much as a good book, and is a huge advocate of the three C’s: coffee, chocolate, and cheese. LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES is her first novel.
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