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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick

Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick
"In the next seventy-two hours, Kenna may lose everything—her friends, her freedom, and maybe even herself. One kiss of the blade was all it took to get her sent to the psych ward for seventy-two hours. There she will face her addiction to cutting, though the outcome is far from certain.

When fifteen-year-old Kenna is found cutting herself in the school bathroom, she is sent to a facility for mandatory psychiatric watch. There, Kenna meets other kids like her—her roommate, Donya, who’s there for her fifth time; the birdlike Skylar; and Jag, a boy cute enough to make her forget her problems . . . for a moment."- summary from Amazon

This was a quick, but very emotional read and I feel like these sorts of topics really benefit from being written in verse. Keeping the wording tight and unflinching brings the point across so well. Kuderick does a wonderful job showing Kenna's emotional arc over these 72 hours in the psych ward. A lot happens over this short period of time, and Kenna has some ups and downs while locked up as she tries to figure everything out. It's a difficult book to read at times, but Kenna's voice makes it all interesting and page-turning. I'm really excited to read more from Kuderick.

FTC: Received ARC from publisher. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.

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