BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS BY KAMI GARCIA - BOOK REVIEW

I've only read one other book by Garcia and I really loved it, so I had high hopes for this one! While I still enjoyed this book, I think that my expectations just may have been a bit too high.

Hi everyone!

I am back with another review, today it is Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia. Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.

This story follows Peyton, a girl who has just received a full-ride on a soccer scholarship and just wants to celebrate with her best friend, Tess, and boyfriend, Tess's brother, Reed. After an argument with Reed, Peyton ends up with a shattered knee and worse - no one believes her when she says that Reed pushed her down the stairs. When the threatening phone calls start, her mom sends her to live with her uncle and cousins in Tennessee, where she meets Owen, who, like Reed, is an MMA fighter. But Owen has issues of his own and he can't afford to get too attached, even if he desperately wants to.

Plot-wise, I thought this book was really original and well done. I don't think I've read a lot of books that deal with things like physically abusive teen relationships or MMA fighting. I thought the premise was interesting and even though this book was a little sports heavy (between the fighting, Peyton's soccer, and her cousins Friday Night Lights-esque football) but not so much that it went over my head.

One aspect that didn't work for me, and I know it's just me, was the high school setting. I know by reading YA I'm open to it, but I was just hoping there would be less of the stereotypical drama and antics. I know this won't be an issue with many readers but for me, I just think I'm too old to be entertained by mean-girl drama anymore.

The relationship between Peyton and Owen was pretty good, not insta-lovey, which was nice, but I kind of felt like there was just something missing. I'm not sure what it was, but I just felt like there needed to be something more. The big climactic fight/issue was lukewarm for me, normally I'm not an advocate for lying but I think he made some good points. And she wasn't totally innocent either.

I do think this book had some great moments: there was a lot of awesome girl power moments with Peyton and I loved her mom, I just don't know how they match up with my feelings on the rest of the book.

Overall, a solid book, but it didn't wow me as much as I wanted it to.