Book Review: Cruel Heart Broken by Emma Haughton
June 21, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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.
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.