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Loved it! 😍

Fractured is a coming-of-age story from the POV of Mason Vance, star quarterback of his high school, and despicable ladies man.

Fractured is a peek into the toxic culture of high school. This coming-of-age story is from the point-of-view of Mason Vance, star quarterback of his high school, and despicable ladies man. Don't hate the player--hate the game? You should be aware that this game has tragic pieces all over its board.

When Mason is out of commission with a broken wrist, he meets Lace, a girl like none he has known before. Overnight the big man on campus struggles to deal with his first real-life stressors, and meeting Lace has him reconsidering who he is and how he treats other people. It's his transformation that worked for me. It's what I enjoyed about the book. Mason grows realistically throughout the narrative.

The character's organic maturation makes it easy to read this story without getting bogged down in the distasteful toxic masculinity. There is a constant balance between the group of friends Mason has back at school and the discoveries Mason has about treating other people. And Mason realizes that even when people don't treat themselves well, it's not his place to mistreat them either. The author waves this flag a few times about the importance of respecting others. One of the things the reader learns about Mason is that we have to find a reason to respect Mason at some point in order to enjoy the book.

Some things that didn't work for me was that a lot of the dialogue was simple and stilted to the point of being trite. Another issue I had was that I felt like the author was selling me something but not providing me with the goods. She was telling me that Mason was a womanizer, but there is little womanizing happening with him. It's all things the characters say happened; the author shows little occurring. 

I enjoyed this book coming from a boy's POV, and there should be more books from this angle. I recommend this for anyone looking for a meaningful young adult novel about transformation. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary advance copy of this book.

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Ali Crean is a writer, reader, over-opinionated opinion giver, nerd, derp, and needer of much more coffee. She lives within the grand limits of America’s Finest City: San Diego, CA. You can often find her taking long walks catching Pokémon. Don’t approach her because she is unfortunately feral.


About the author

Shay Siegel is from Long Island, New York. She received a B.A. in English from Tulane University, where she was also a member of the women's tennis team. She went on to earn an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina. view profile

Published on October 27, 2020

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80000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Young Adult

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