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Title: Cruel Heart Broken

Author: Emma Haughton
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: July 1st, 2016
Publisher: Usborne
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Purchase at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | National Bookstore | Fullybooked

Laurie is a good girl – so everyone thinks. But seven months ago she did something that she can’t undo and it’s tearing her apart.
Charlie used to be her best friend. He’s done something he regrets too…and now someone has died. 
Two impulsive decisions. Two toxic secrets. Too many hearts broken. Partly inspired by a true story, this is a heart-wrenching novel about impulsive mistakes, and their devastating consequences.

(I received a copy from Usborne YA in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book)
First of all, I’d like to tell you how much this book made me want to eat it because of the cover. lol. BUT the cover may seems so sweet, yes? — But isn’t the title a little too depressing already?

It’s my first Emma Haughton novel and wow, I loved this book! I’m now signing her up on my auto-reads.

The prologue immediately raised questions and made me think of things like “what happened?”, “what did Laurie do?”, “this is very intriguing” and stuff. Cruel Heart Broken has a shifting sequence of storytelling: the past and the present. So, it will make you wonder about things. Cool stuff!

This book addressed several issues that are commonly faced by the current generation. Laurie did an act that she believed made her a murderer. At a very young age of 15, she had to face circumstances on her own, that weren’t normally faced by normal teenage girls.

Emma Haughton’s writing style was gripping. It surely did grip my deepest interest. I read this in one sitting — I started evening and I couldn’t put it down until I realized that it’s already midnight (kinda slow reader I am lol). A fast read that you might think of lightly at first, but actually very delicate in substance given the focus of the story.

While drawing conclusions, I held several debate sessions in my mind based on the decisions of the characters. Very conflicting, because the issues were sensitive. I know that many will be able to relate to this novel.

The ending was slightly unexpected. Well, it was a good finish nevertheless, and I totally recommend this, especially to youth in their coming of age. Once you start this book, you won’t be able to put it down.

Author: Erika

Erika is a freelance content writer and illustrator from the Philippines. She used to hate writing in high school, but later discovered that it is something that she’d enjoy doing. Asides from books. she also enjoys the presence of few art materials, camera for bookstagram, and other bookish merchandise, on her own fantasy realm.

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