Broken Beautiful Hearts
Before, Peyton was a star soccer player with the perfect boyfriend, Reed. Now, she has a torn knee ligament, a scholarship on the line, and a shattered sense of self. No one believes Reed pushed her, causing her injury, and Peyton just wants to leave the trauma behind. Living with her uncle and twin cousins in their small, football-obsessed town seems like a great escape plan. There, Peyton meets Owen—high school classmate and local MMA fighter. Though Owen is charming and gentle, Peyton is determined to repress her growing attraction. But when her old and new life collide, Peyton must reclaim the truth of her past in order to save her future.

Broken Beautiful Hearts Details

TitleBroken Beautiful Hearts
Author
ReleaseFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherImprint
ISBN-139781250079206
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance, Sports and Games, Sports, Young Adult Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Teen, Contemporary Romance, Sociology, Abuse, High School

Broken Beautiful Hearts Review

  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    4-4,5 STARS Kami Garcia delivers a poignant,heartwarming and sweet story!I was hooked from the beginning and there were many things I enjoyed in this story!The writing was beautiful, the plot interesting and the characters were great!I haven't read before a book from Kami Garcia and I'm happy that I finally did it, because I loved it!Everything about it felt realistic and I could easily keep up with the story!Peyton was a difficult heroine in my opinion.I didn't like her from the beginning she 4-4,5 STARS Kami Garcia delivers a poignant,heartwarming and sweet story!I was hooked from the beginning and there were many things I enjoyed in this story!The writing was beautiful, the plot interesting and the characters were great!I haven't read before a book from Kami Garcia and I'm happy that I finally did it, because I loved it!Everything about it felt realistic and I could easily keep up with the story!Peyton was a difficult heroine in my opinion.I didn't like her from the beginning she annoyed me sometimes but I could understand her behavior.Owen was one of the best parts in the story!If you like reading YA books then you definitely have to check this one!I'm planning to read soon more books from this author!!     
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  • Jessica *The Lovely Books*
    January 1, 1970
    I was really excited to be contacted to review the audio book! For awhile I didn’t care for audio books but I’ve come to realize that they are so convenient. The narrator is Brittany Pressley—whose narrated books from The Heir by Keira Cass to Bella Frost and Carolyn Brown. The words from Broken Beautiful Hearts as heard from Brittany, is beautiful, as she was really able to catch the essence of the book. The story started off strong but my main problem was with Peyton throughout most of the nov I was really excited to be contacted to review the audio book! For awhile I didn’t care for audio books but I’ve come to realize that they are so convenient. The narrator is Brittany Pressley—whose narrated books from The Heir by Keira Cass to Bella Frost and Carolyn Brown. The words from Broken Beautiful Hearts as heard from Brittany, is beautiful, as she was really able to catch the essence of the book. The story started off strong but my main problem was with Peyton throughout most of the novel. While I liked how she could be strong and independent—a lot of the time she tried too hard to be that way. There are times when you can ask for help; it doesn’t make you weak. She annoyed me in that aspect—getting mad and overreacting over stupid shit. While she may have thought she was determined and independent; it came off as a petulant child.Peyton is on the fast track to becoming a division 1 athlete at UNC for soccer. What more could Peyton want when she just got her acceptance letter, has great friends, and of course, the perfect boyfriend. A perfect boyfriend that’s been changing as of late. He’s keeping secrets and once Peyton finds out, she does what any sensible girl would do, she breaks up with him. But something terrible happens—resulting in Peyton moving to Tennessee to with her Uncle. It’s there she meets an aspiring and beautiful fighter, Owen. While I have all of Kami Garcia’s books, this is the first time I’m actually reading one by her. I find her writing deep, intense, and poetic. Despite my love/hate relationship with Peyton, I enjoyed the book very much. Peyton, when not being bratty, really can be strong. I liked how in the beginning she stuck up for a girl she felt was getting bullied. I also liked that she remained solid when breaking up with her boyfriend, Reed. That guy was something else... Overall, I think readers will enjoy the story of characters fighting back when not being heard, and never backing down. It’s a story of healing, new beginnings, and letting go of things that are out of your control. It also shows that while life can sometimes leave you broken; it can also surprise you in the most beautiful ways. *Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Katie McGarry
    January 1, 1970
    Fun read with a hero that I loved!!!
  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    I love Kami Garcia's books and I love YA contemporary so it was a no-brainer for me to add Broken Beautiful Hearts to my TBR pile. I had heard mixed things about it; however, I was hopeful that I would enjoy it. As it turns out, I'm so glad I gave Broken Beautiful Hearts a try. This book is the perfect combination of heartbreaking and heartwarming. I laughed, I smiled, I cried...I honestly wish it would've went on for ever, that's how much I enjoyed Peyton's story. Peyton was hands down my favor I love Kami Garcia's books and I love YA contemporary so it was a no-brainer for me to add Broken Beautiful Hearts to my TBR pile. I had heard mixed things about it; however, I was hopeful that I would enjoy it. As it turns out, I'm so glad I gave Broken Beautiful Hearts a try. This book is the perfect combination of heartbreaking and heartwarming. I laughed, I smiled, I cried...I honestly wish it would've went on for ever, that's how much I enjoyed Peyton's story. Peyton was hands down my favorite part of Broken Beautiful Hearts. From the moment she is first introduced I connected with her. She was smart as well as ambitious, and more importantly, I gave her major credit for standing up for herself, for speaking the truth no matter how many people told her she was lying and/or wrong. She was much braver than she gave herself credit for, and I also was incredibly proud of her for continuing to live her life, no matter the obstacles she faced. It wasn't always smooth sailing - especially with new boys and mean girls on the horizon - but it's part of what made her journey all the more realistic. Ultimately, Peyton learned to stand on her own, to speak up, and be brave, and it was such a fantastic journey to witnesses. In addition to Peyton, I loved her family. Her twin cousins were lovable yet disastrous. Some of the things they did/said were hilarious in a "I-can't-believe-this-is-happening" kind of way but one thing was clear: they'd do anything for their cousin. I also have to mention Owen, the love interest. He was sweet, sexy, and strong, and like Peyton, facing his own demons. The plot in Broken Beautiful Hearts mainly revolves around the outcome from Peyton's fall. Kami Garcia does a fantastic job of handling abusive relationships. I felt that it was realistic portrayal, and I especially appreciated that she addressed several different situations that can occur. Throughout Beautiful Broken Hearts, Peyton deals people (friends and strangers) refusing to believe her, her friends turning their backs on her, and her ex-boyfriend stalking her, refusing to take no as an answer. It was heartbreaking yet it was important to see, because as much as I like to think things like this don't happen they do. It's what makes people so afraid to report abuse, and ultimately, it's what makes stories like Peyton's that much more important. Last but not least: the mystery and the romance. There's a mystery that pops up in this half-way through, and it made me even more addicted to the book. The outcome surprised me, and I thought Kami did a great job of bringing it all together. As for the romance, I appreciated that it didn't overtake the novel; instead, it was a sweet side part and part of Peyton's journey in moving on. Owen and Peyton had great chemistry and funny banter. In all, if you love YA Contemporary, I definitely suggest giving this try. Peyton's story is one I won't forget for some time.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Although this story had a lot of movement and pull to keep me reading, it wasn’t enough to mask weak characterization and an unbelievable turn of events. I appreciated the attention brought to violence in relationships, but other than that this book breaks no new ground. It’s sadly predictable in every way.
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  • Rendz
    January 1, 1970
    RTC.This was definitely more than just its fluff. :)
  • Cocktails and Books
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 CocktailsI loved this story. Full review to come.
  • mith
    January 1, 1970
    yikes
  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so glad our Teen Library Council is a Teens' Top Ten book group. When I opened the box of ARCs from Macmillan, I couldn't wait to read this contemporary romance myself. I would suggest it to fans of Katie McGarry. I especially loved the idea of imperfect days and happily even afters.
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    I was stoked to read this book because like Peyton, I was involved in an accident caused by someone else that ruined my knee and life. I thought I could relate to her. I thought this story would be powerful and inspiring, but I was wrong. I didn’t finish at 30% because the story and characters were awful. The story started off with Peyton reminiscing about her boyfriend of seven or so months and how he illegally fights underground for money. She just received her college acceptance letter to UNC I was stoked to read this book because like Peyton, I was involved in an accident caused by someone else that ruined my knee and life. I thought I could relate to her. I thought this story would be powerful and inspiring, but I was wrong. I didn’t finish at 30% because the story and characters were awful. The story started off with Peyton reminiscing about her boyfriend of seven or so months and how he illegally fights underground for money. She just received her college acceptance letter to UNC and a spot on their soccer team and cannot wait to share this news with her boyfriend. What Peyton can’t seem to understand is that her boyfriend works as much as he can and participates in underground fights to help his mom and sister (who is Peyton’s BFF) for rent/food/bills at their apartment. Peyton wants all the attention on herself and doesn’t understand why her boyfriend (I can’t even remember his name at this point) must work overtime henceforth why he doesn’t spend every waking minute worshiping her very presence. He is an adult and has responsibilities to help his household and Peyton can’t comprehend that. When they wander to a party (cue a scene now and later where teenagers drunk drive. Wonderful promotion.) Peyton starts a fight with the boyfriend because she finds steroids in his car and she just doesn’t understand why he must work all the time. She whines until eventually the boyfriend snaps and pushes her down the stairs. I’m not excusing the boyfriend’s actions here, but I’m surprised he didn’t ditch Peyton earlier on since all she did was complain about how he neglected her to work. Anyway, both these people aren’t good for one another since Peyton wants attention and the boyfriend is too busy and responsible to give her attention. So the boyfriend pushes her down some stairs and she lands on her knee and tears her PCL. I expected this story to revolve around Peyton’s healing and therapy since it takes months to heal after a knee surgery. Instead, there’s a three-week time gap until after the surgery where Peyton is wearing a brace and apparently can walk almost perfectly which is inaccurate. She’s harassed by people angry at her for calling her boyfriend out and making him take a drug test (he passes) and her boyfriend keeps stalking and texting her that he loves her and denies pushing Peyton down the stairs.I was happy that Peyton kept telling everyone that her boyfriend pushes her, although no one believed her. I didn’t like how she refused to press charges because she didn’t want to inconvenience her BFF. Her mother ships her off to her uncle and twin cousins in Tennessee and once they arrive in Black Water the stereotypes begin. All types of redneck, farm loving, country living southerner stereotypes are weaved into the story complete with the mean, popular girls who have it out for Peyton. Peyton of course is beautiful and skinny so every guy falls in love with her and all the girls are jealous of her because of her looks and how she is related to the beautiful, godlike twins. Anyway, this story was a stereotypical mess filled with a whiny and self-centered main character who loves attention but refuses to let anyone help her and then complains about the lack of help and attention. Please pass if you’re not into books with typical young-adult trends featuring whining main characters who are gorgeous, evil mean girls, narcissism, and no plot.
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  • Taylor Fenner
    January 1, 1970
    I can sum Broken Beautiful Hearts up quickly: the main character, Peyton is a rising star, amazing soccer player headed to her dream college. Then she finds out her fighter boyfriend is abusing steroids, confronts him, he goes into a rage and pushes her down a flight of steps outside a party. Peyton tells everyone, including her boyfriend's sister who is also her best friend, what happens but nobody (other than her mother) believes her. Then the threats start and Peyton has to leave town. In her I can sum Broken Beautiful Hearts up quickly: the main character, Peyton is a rising star, amazing soccer player headed to her dream college. Then she finds out her fighter boyfriend is abusing steroids, confronts him, he goes into a rage and pushes her down a flight of steps outside a party. Peyton tells everyone, including her boyfriend's sister who is also her best friend, what happens but nobody (other than her mother) believes her. Then the threats start and Peyton has to leave town. In her new town she meets a new boy, Owen and tries to fight her attraction to him but she really likes him. Then her psycho ex shows up with the attitude "If I can't have you no one can", things escalate, and finally at the end Peyton allows herself to be with Owen. I mean, some other stuff happens but that's basically the gist. I requested to be on the blog tour for this book because I've read and loved other books by Kami Garcia and the way it was promoted sounded like if you liked The Lovely Reckless, Garcia's last book, you'd love this one. While I loved The Lovely Reckless and devoured it in one night, this book reminded me of the plot of about 10 Lifetime movies I've seen. I've read other books where the main character is an athlete, which is not exactly something I can relate to, but I've enjoyed those books and thought I'd like this book but it seemed almost too focused on the boring mechanics of soccer in the beginning. I also get that the author was trying to convey a true image of teen dating violence but if I were Peyton I would have handled things differently from the start. I wouldn't have given a damn that Reed was supporting his family, his butt would have been in jail and there would have been a restraining order.The players in this book:The Heroine / Survivor:Peyton is supposed to be shown as a girl putting her life back together but I honestly didn't like her very much. In the beginning she was whiny and kind of self-absorbed then after the incident it was like she was still trying to protect Reed, even indirectly. I never really grew to like her after that. The Perpetrator:Reed is your basic controlling, abusive boyfriend. Steroids or not, he's not a good guy no matter what anyone says. The whole fact that Peyton didn't want to rush in and tell Reed her good news that morning in case waking him up caused an argument? That's what we call a red flag. He's not a sexy bad boy we love, he's a psycho to run far away from.The Traitor:Don't get me started on Tess. I know Reed was her brother but come on, you've seen his mood swings! You know something is up! The Love Interest:Honestly, Owen was the only thing that saved this story for me. I loved him as a character. Overall, I didn't like the first half of this book and I almost DNF'd it a few times because I didn't like the main character, but the second half of the book got better. It was a quick read and the book's intent has an important message but it wasn't a unique story for me. I feel like I've seen the same story in different variations in television movies and other books.
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  • Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)
    January 1, 1970
    Broken Beautiful Hearts promised that it would break my heart and put it back together again, and it did just that. This book was an emotional roller coaster that was full of so many interesting twists and turns. Reading this book reminded me why I love Kami Garcia's writing so much!A large portion of the plot focuses on abusive relationships. I have no personal experiences with abusive relationships, but it is so important to have these topics brought up in books. I felt like the author handled Broken Beautiful Hearts promised that it would break my heart and put it back together again, and it did just that. This book was an emotional roller coaster that was full of so many interesting twists and turns. Reading this book reminded me why I love Kami Garcia's writing so much!A large portion of the plot focuses on abusive relationships. I have no personal experiences with abusive relationships, but it is so important to have these topics brought up in books. I felt like the author handled this topic in an honest and realistic way. The author not only focused on what happened within the relationship but also focused on how people outside of the relationship reacted. It was heartbreaking to see the main character go through the abuse and hate that she did. This story is so important for this plot point alone. The main character of this book, Peyton, was a piece of work, to say the least. She was a character that I both hated at first but then grew to love. I really didn't like her for a while because she came off as extremely rude, narcissistic, petty, and superficial. However, she really flourished throughout the book. Peyton became such a strong, brave, and ambitious girl as the book continued. She was constantly being put down and accused of lying, but she stuck to her story and wouldn't let others convince her to change her story. There were still moments throughout the book when I wanted to shake some sense into her, but I am glad I end the book liking her a lot more than I did in the beginning. There were also some side characters that were really enjoyable in this book. Owen, the love interest, was freaking adorable. I really enjoyed getting to know his character and swooning for him and his cuteness. His romance with Peyton was perfectly paced and was full of hilarious banter. Petyon's cousins were also a lot of fun! They were kind of crazy and a bit out there, but I loved their dedication to Peyton and Peyton's dedication to them.Overall, this was a powerful and addictive contemporary novel. If you are looking for a book that is both heartwarming and heartbreaking, then I would recommend checking this book out!4 / 5 Fangs *This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * MrsLeif's Two Fangs About ItFacebookTwitter
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  • Megan | A Page to Turn
    January 1, 1970
    All I have ever read by Kami Garcia is the first couple of books in the Beautiful Creatures series. I haven’t read any of her other YA standalones or series. I was very interested in getting this ARC from Netgalley so that I could see if I like her contemporary - since I know I like her fantasy/paranormal stories. I wasn’t disappointed! This book read like a true young adult - Peyton’s life is shaping up nicely - she has it all… an acceptance to UNC, she’s excelling in her division for soccer, a All I have ever read by Kami Garcia is the first couple of books in the Beautiful Creatures series. I haven’t read any of her other YA standalones or series. I was very interested in getting this ARC from Netgalley so that I could see if I like her contemporary - since I know I like her fantasy/paranormal stories. I wasn’t disappointed! This book read like a true young adult - Peyton’s life is shaping up nicely - she has it all… an acceptance to UNC, she’s excelling in her division for soccer, and a loving boyfriend. But, once you’re on top - you don’t get to stay there for long. Life throws her some pretty tough curveballs - and it was an interesting ride to see how she dealt with them, and how she grew as a character. Her strength, and tenacity were admirable. Then, we have Owen - an MMA fighter that Peyton meets on her road to dealing with life. Secrets all over the place, and it was interesting watching these two young people navigate their feelings, and how to deal with them. I really enjoyed the depth of the characters that we got to experience, and their growth. Do I think they Peyton is a bit of a bore sometimes, and has her weak moments? Sure. She’s a young girl, trying to overcome some pretty tough situations. Do I think she over thinks her decisions and sometimes has the wrong reaction? Sure… also typical of the age range of these characters. I liked that this book felt real. It felt like a story that could be happening to some teenager out there. I loved Garcia’s writing style in this contemporary manner. I easily could relate to and feel for these characters. The plot as whole as a tad predictable, but otherwise entertaining.
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  • Kimberlys
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book!! This was my first book by this author and I loved every second of it. While it’s ya it’s more of a mature ya. This deals with a very difficult subject matter that happens at the teen level that no one talks about or reports. Abuse by a boyfriend/girlfriend. The author finds an amazing balance in this book, while she talks about a serious subject she does interject humor to lighten the book up some. I plan on having my 18 year old read this, I know she would love it and I can’ I loved this book!! This was my first book by this author and I loved every second of it. While it’s ya it’s more of a mature ya. This deals with a very difficult subject matter that happens at the teen level that no one talks about or reports. Abuse by a boyfriend/girlfriend. The author finds an amazing balance in this book, while she talks about a serious subject she does interject humor to lighten the book up some. I plan on having my 18 year old read this, I know she would love it and I can’t recommend it enough. Told entirely in Peyton’s POV.
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  • Paige
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! I couldn't put this book down! I read it in two days. I did read Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and I and wasn't the biggest fan of it, but Kami Garcia knocked this one out of the ballpark! I totally recommend if you are in need of a good contemporary book. It was interesting and different! I was very lucky to have this as an ARC.
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  • Ana (Owl Always Be Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    Review closer to release date.
  • Mari
    January 1, 1970
    Good plot and nice touching story. Review to follow
  • Lisa Mandina
    January 1, 1970
    Could not put this one down! Perfect book to read on a snow day! Full review to come on Lisa Loves Literature.
  • Lissa Rice
    January 1, 1970
    **5 Boundless Stars** Full Review and Rating will be up on Boundless Book Reviews.
  • Elisabeth
    January 1, 1970
    First let me say I've been on this contemporary kick lately, and enjoy reading some lighter fiction. I will really try to avoid any spoilers, but caution. That being said...There were so many things that annoyed me with this book. I'm not saying you can't have a good contemporary book, or that there isn't any good fiction out there, but this book annoyed me on a lot of levels. The writing was not strong throughout this book, it had it's moments, but most of the time it was choppy and tried too h First let me say I've been on this contemporary kick lately, and enjoy reading some lighter fiction. I will really try to avoid any spoilers, but caution. That being said...There were so many things that annoyed me with this book. I'm not saying you can't have a good contemporary book, or that there isn't any good fiction out there, but this book annoyed me on a lot of levels. The writing was not strong throughout this book, it had it's moments, but most of the time it was choppy and tried too hard to have suspense. I didn't like the language throughout, now before you get upset saying that's how kids talk, here's my little rant, I get there is going to be language, but do we have to be ok with how young adults (or adults) talk? Can't we hope and strive through books to engage the readers enough to have them want to speak with a better vocabulary. I know it's my own pet peeve, but we should be enhancing our vocabulary not breaking it down. I'm also annoyed with the push for sex throughout and the constant push as to how "his body" looked and all...I know this is going to be unpopular, but can't we try to have some books that want to see more than meets the eye, I'm fine with the main characters being attractive, but shouldn't there be more to a relationship than sex first and then we get to know each other? I mean really? (insert eye roll here) The plot was just there for me, it wasn't something that had my attention past the first few chapters. There were good points that I enjoyed about them, I liked Peyton and her want to be a strong character, but she had whiny and moments that she was so quick to get mad at Owen for keeping a secret, when she had her own? And I felt like her dad was used to gain more sympathy rather than a work in progress on Peyton's behalf. I liked the Uncle and her twin cousins, they were a fun addition and her mom was a strong character that was amazing as well. It did have it's good moments, but there were too many negatives for me to enjoy this book.Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC!!
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, goodness. Broken Beautiful Hearts has much of the emotional writing of the Beautiful Creatures series, but with real-life, non-paranormal-inspired drama for a change. (I know I'm behind on my Kami Garcia books--that's going to have to change!)Peyton and Owen are a great couple, once they finally get all of their secrets out of the way--and OMG, do these two have secrets. Each of them nearly let them destroy themselves and each other, but in the end are (thank goodness!) strong enough to ri Oh, goodness. Broken Beautiful Hearts has much of the emotional writing of the Beautiful Creatures series, but with real-life, non-paranormal-inspired drama for a change. (I know I'm behind on my Kami Garcia books--that's going to have to change!)Peyton and Owen are a great couple, once they finally get all of their secrets out of the way--and OMG, do these two have secrets. Each of them nearly let them destroy themselves and each other, but in the end are (thank goodness!) strong enough to rise above their fears and what they think is most important to them to reach for the things that really are important. I've got to say, the last two chapters of this book nearly slayed me--and then I got to the author's note at the end.Excellent work, Ms. Garcia. A fantastic story, and a strong message. A must-read!Rating: 4 stars / A-I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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  • Christie72
    January 1, 1970
    I have long been a fan of Kami Garcia, and when I saw the synopsis of this book, I had to read it. It’s not your typical YA contemporary romance, it has a great deal of substance and depth.Peyton is a smart, intelligent, and strong girl. She lost her father in the Middle East, but she doesn’t let that stop her ambitions. She is so excited when she gets her acceptance to the school she has dreamed of going and playing soccer. She is eager to share the news with her best friend, Tess, and her boyf I have long been a fan of Kami Garcia, and when I saw the synopsis of this book, I had to read it. It’s not your typical YA contemporary romance, it has a great deal of substance and depth.Peyton is a smart, intelligent, and strong girl. She lost her father in the Middle East, but she doesn’t let that stop her ambitions. She is so excited when she gets her acceptance to the school she has dreamed of going and playing soccer. She is eager to share the news with her best friend, Tess, and her boyfriend, Reed (who happens to be Tess’s brother). A night at a party turns dark when she discovers Reed’s secret. She finds herself at the bottom of a set of stairs with not only her knee shattered but possibly her dreams of playing soccer. When she tells people, Reed did it, no one believes her. When threats become too dangerous, her mother sends her to Tennessee to stay with her uncle and her twin cousins. This decision will change her life.As I wrote earlier, Peyton is so strong. Instead of backing down, she stood up for herself despite the consequences both mentally and physically. She has a wonderful support system in her mother, uncle, and cousins. When she becomes friends with Owen, she has an even bigger supporter. There are feelings there between the two of them, but of course, she is hesitant to get into any kind of relationship because of Reed. I loved that because it made the book more realistic. Owen was a sweetheart. He was a lot like Peyton. He didn’t back down from anything, no matter what it was or the obstacles he had to overcome. That is what made them so perfect for one another. He showed her not all guys were like Reed. This book dealt with something that unfortunately I think a lot of girls encounter…abuse. What was so heartbreaking was Reed wasn’t that guy at the beginning. I don’t want to spoil anything, but something made him grow into the monster that wouldn’t let Peyton go, and that something is an issue our society deals with as well. I thought Kami Garcia did a fantastic job of illustrating how those two issues go hand-in-hand. I think that this book will give girls courage to speak up and get the help that they need, and maybe offer help to young men like Reed. He was a villain in the book, but he didn’t start out that way. Garcia did a rare thing…she gave some humanity to the villain. Great informative read!***Read and Reviewed by Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews***
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  • Resch Reads
    January 1, 1970
    *Book Received in Exchange for Honest Opinion/Review*This book, come at me YA feels! I knew the plot line...by half way through the book I knew how things were going to play out but damn if that mattered because by then I was already consumed by these characters. I put the book down to sleep and spent the entire day at work thinking about Owen and Peyton, and being totally productive *cough, cough*. In all seriousness, I adored this story and love that Kami Garcia has come to the contemporary YA *Book Received in Exchange for Honest Opinion/Review*This book, come at me YA feels! I knew the plot line...by half way through the book I knew how things were going to play out but damn if that mattered because by then I was already consumed by these characters. I put the book down to sleep and spent the entire day at work thinking about Owen and Peyton, and being totally productive *cough, cough*. In all seriousness, I adored this story and love that Kami Garcia has come to the contemporary YA side because this is truly where she shines as an author.Kami writes about things that matter to her, and Broken Beautiful Hearts is no exception. I could feel tangible emotions from each character. The twins are absolutely fantastic and blend just the right amount of over-protective family and smart-*sses that had me in stitches laughing. Grace is sweet, adorable, and let me be honest here, I was Grace in high school. I was the one pining after the best friend who I was never going to have...lucky for Grace though she has someone waiting for her.Now let me talk about Peyton, she is a hard-*ss and I loved it. Her personality was vivacious and her fire was inspiring. But the real star of this story is Owen...cue the swoon. I don't know what it is but Kami just writes these boys that I fall for over and over again and Owen was no exception. I found myself drooling over the Kindle screen and I couldn't get enough of him. I could write you a short story professing my love for Owen so you will just have to take me at blog value that he is all the levels of perfection in one sculpted body.The story line, while somewhat predictable, still had several elements of surprise. I teared up towards the end, and for once it was happy tears, my heart full of joy and at peace for a character who has struggled far too much in her young life. Characters grew and found inner peace, happily even afters took place and honestly, my heart is just content and full and this is how I want to end every book.
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    Peyton has a wonderful future ahead of her. The just got into a great college along with a starting position on their women’s soccer team. Everything is going great. That is until she discovers a horrible secret her boyfriend is hiding. When she confronts him he does the worse and manages to change her whole future. Once things change irrevocably her mom makes her move in with her uncle and her cousins. Knowing she only has to survive this new school in life for a few months she doesn’t expect t Peyton has a wonderful future ahead of her. The just got into a great college along with a starting position on their women’s soccer team. Everything is going great. That is until she discovers a horrible secret her boyfriend is hiding. When she confronts him he does the worse and manages to change her whole future. Once things change irrevocably her mom makes her move in with her uncle and her cousins. Knowing she only has to survive this new school in life for a few months she doesn’t expect to meet Owen. Owen has secrets like she does. Will they be able to finally confide in someone or will they break each other more than they already are?This is my first Kami Garcia book. I am now officially a fan. Peyton and Owen’s story is fantastically told. I couldn’t put this book down once I started. I was a zombie at work the next day when I didn’t sleep because I needed to finish just one more chapter. This is a wonderful story for young women to read. It brings a level of reality into a genre that doesn’t always have this kind of seriousness. Both Peyton and Owen are broken in a way that only they can mend. They build trust with each other but since they are both teenagers they do break each other again. Another great aspect of this story were the wonderful side characters. Her twin cousins and uncle were the best. They were all very protective yet very much teenagers (the cousins not the uncle). Their own complicated love stories added some light hearted fun in a fairly serious story. Kami Garcia is able to weave a story that is addictive, exciting and unputdownable. I know the next book she comes out with I will be picking up ASAP. If you are like me, a Kami Garcia virgin, then run out and get this book! You will not regret it.
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  • Booknerd_1107
    January 1, 1970
    Broken Beautiful Hearts*received an arc in exchange for an honest review**5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐A great book that you won’t want to put down. Two people will be faced with losing their dreams and what are they going to do to make sure they don’t lose each other. They will be faced with challenges and have to find strength in not only each other but themselves. Kami Garcia weaves a heartwarming story that will have you wanting more.Peyton was on her way to her dream school playing soccer, but after a fateful ni Broken Beautiful Hearts*received an arc in exchange for an honest review**5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️A great book that you won’t want to put down. Two people will be faced with losing their dreams and what are they going to do to make sure they don’t lose each other. They will be faced with challenges and have to find strength in not only each other but themselves. Kami Garcia weaves a heartwarming story that will have you wanting more.Peyton was on her way to her dream school playing soccer, but after a fateful night where her boyfriend pushes her down the stairs and wrecks her knee, her dream is slipping through her fingers. The worse part is no one except her mother believes her and Reed won’t leave her alone. Her mom decides to send her to her uncle’s to continue PT until things die down.On her first day there she meets Owen who even though they don’t say much to each other she can already feel a connection. When she finds out that Owen is an kickboxer/MMA fighter and will be helping her with her PT she knows it could change things. As she grows closer to Owen they can’t deny their feelings but as time goes on they both find out that they are hiding things from each other.Will they be able to help each other and their own dreams? Or will Peyton once again lose someone she loves because they won’t take care of themselves?
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  • Movies, Shows,
    January 1, 1970
    Note: This review contains NO spoilersI loved this story. Broken Beautiful Hearts is a poignant and riveting story of heartbreak, betrayal, and second chances. Secrets has a way of coming out and hurting people. This story also tackles very real issues. I would also suggest reading the Author Note at the end of the story. This read kept me turning the pages as I followed these characters to the end of their emotional and troubling journey.Kami Garcia has created a story that others can relate to Note: This review contains NO spoilersI loved this story. Broken Beautiful Hearts is a poignant and riveting story of heartbreak, betrayal, and second chances. Secrets has a way of coming out and hurting people. This story also tackles very real issues. I would also suggest reading the Author Note at the end of the story. This read kept me turning the pages as I followed these characters to the end of their emotional and troubling journey.Kami Garcia has created a story that others can relate to. Her character development and world building created this emotionally compelling story of young adults dealing trauma(s) in their lives and how they deal with it. Kami created strong characters, yet they also have their faults/weaknesses. Each having unique personalities. The character dialogues and setting itself also created somewhat of a mysterious atmosphere.All in all, Broken Beautiful Hearts is an emotionally heartbreaking and heartwarming story that touches real issues. This story is a definite must-read.Reviewer: JasmineDisclaimer: I received a Netgalley review copy for an honest review, all is our own opinion
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  • Konny
    January 1, 1970
    Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia is a full length, stand alone, YA, contemporary romance novel.Meet Peyton, shes in her senior year at high school, a successful soccer player, a popular teenager.Her boyfriend Reed has changed. From nice to mean and controlling, violent stalker.When he pushes her down a flight of stairs she cant believe it, and neither her friends.To escape the gossip she moves to her uncle and his twin sons. She attends college and physical therapy. Her future as soccer pl Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia is a full length, stand alone, YA, contemporary romance novel.Meet Peyton, she´s in her senior year at high school, a successful soccer player, a popular teenager.Her boyfriend Reed has changed. From nice to mean and controlling, violent stalker.When he pushes her down a flight of stairs she can´t believe it, and neither her friends.To escape the gossip she moves to her uncle and his twin sons. She attends college and physical therapy. Her future as soccer player and college sholarship are in the stars now.Then she meets Owen. Owen is a good guy with his own issues and secrets. He helps her heal and slowly they trust each other and then become more than friends. But her old and her new life collide.Peyton is the typical teenager, carefree, a bit annoying with a great social life. I started reading and was hooked from the beginning. The writing is great and I love the story and the pace.I likied reading about the pains of growing up, finding herself and the twists and turns the author delivered. I give 4,5 beautiful stars.
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  • Autumn
    January 1, 1970
    Received as an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. While I didn't love the Beautiful Creatures storyline that much, I was excited to see a new book by Kami Garcia. And this one, I really enjoyed. The only thing I didn't like was the quick wrap-up. I'm not sure what I wanted exactly, I just felt like it wrapped up too quickly. I also enjoyed the author note at the end of the story. I think that really drove home the point of the book. Peyton is the victim of abuse from her boyfri Received as an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. While I didn't love the Beautiful Creatures storyline that much, I was excited to see a new book by Kami Garcia. And this one, I really enjoyed. The only thing I didn't like was the quick wrap-up. I'm not sure what I wanted exactly, I just felt like it wrapped up too quickly. I also enjoyed the author note at the end of the story. I think that really drove home the point of the book. Peyton is the victim of abuse from her boyfriend. She breaks up with him, but then he continues to harass her and manipulate the story to show him in the best possible light. Peyton's mom does what she thinks is the best and sends Peyton to live with her uncle and cousins in Tennessee. Peyton meets new boy and that's when the fun begins! This is really a good story. A little bit of a meatier YA with some darker undertones, but very important undertones.EDITTED TO ADD: I forgot to mention that I loved the tie in with The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien.
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  • Jess (The Cozy Reader) Kennedy
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great book. Very New Adult though as it was a tad graphic in some areas.There are multiple scenes of alcohol consumption and tons of fighting.The relationship that Peyton and Owen develop is awesome. I am not usually a fan of the "at first I hate you but now I love you" progression but it really worked for these two. Peyton's previous relationship lends a helpful hand for the reader to understand her timidness to develop feelings for someone new.Some of the supporting characters were This was a great book. Very New Adult though as it was a tad graphic in some areas.There are multiple scenes of alcohol consumption and tons of fighting.The relationship that Peyton and Owen develop is awesome. I am not usually a fan of the "at first I hate you but now I love you" progression but it really worked for these two. Peyton's previous relationship lends a helpful hand for the reader to understand her timidness to develop feelings for someone new.Some of the supporting characters were a little annoying. Like her cousin's ex-girlfriend. I mean, I understand it was necessary to have that annoying character but MAN! I did not like her.I also found some of the scenes predictable. That may be the biggest issue I had with this book.Overall, I loved the story and the progression between Peyton and Owen.I would love to see more books following maybe Peyton's bff Tess or even one of her cousins.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Macmillan for sending me a copy! I finished this in a few hours and I'm still processing my feelings about it. This book is by no means "bad." I just expected a lot more. I expected to be sobbing uncontrollably into my teddy bear by the end and it just didn't happen.I am hopelessly bad at predicting how books will end, but I called this one from the start. Was it romantic? Eh, sure. I was ok with it. I didn't find Owen as swoony as Peyton did, and I am a constant swooner.However, (view Thank you Macmillan for sending me a copy! I finished this in a few hours and I'm still processing my feelings about it. This book is by no means "bad." I just expected a lot more. I expected to be sobbing uncontrollably into my teddy bear by the end and it just didn't happen.I am hopelessly bad at predicting how books will end, but I called this one from the start. Was it romantic? Eh, sure. I was ok with it. I didn't find Owen as swoony as Peyton did, and I am a constant swooner.However, (view spoiler)[I've never read a book that looks at steroid usage in sports, so I am grateful that this book tackles this subject--although my knowledge is limited and I can't (and won't) speak to the validity of the experience. (hide spoiler)]I'm flitting between 2.5 - 3 stars. Maybe I came in with too high expectations, but I also just felt whelmed overall.
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