Published by Spencer Hill Press on 9th July 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Paranormal, YA
On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, he's not sure whether they're real or if he's losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes he must discover the truth or become the next victim himself.
Ok ok ok ok so you know how reviews are meant to be pretty straightforward? I mean, I do them all the time…after procrastinating for quite a while. But today, you're not getting a review. Breaking Glass isn't a book. It's an EXPERIENCE!
Right from the get go, we meet Jeremy and you can tell straight away that something isn't quite right. He's a bit of a chameleon, blending into the background when in actual fact, Jeremy is so damaged he gives Humpty Dumpty a run for his money. This self-deprecating, struggling teenager is already stuck in a battle with alcohol abuse and then his whole world is turned upside down. I know we quite often have YA novels that tend to make a mountain out of a mole hill but Lisa Amowitz doesn't hold back in her debut.
I turned the pages in a permanent state of shock because the writing style and plot line completely drew me in and then punted me in the face with the feels. If it were possible for me to climb into a book and save a protagonist, I'd be in there spooning Jeremy until it all got better.
There's so much complexity and simplicity in this gritty novel that it's truly difficult to convey just how much fun I was having. Lisa pretty much had me wrapped up in my own little theories that I had no idea what she would throw at me next….
…..and this is where the confession comes in. As a reader, there are certain things I can't read because….well….they scare the CRAP out of me. You know that Friends episode where Joey puts Little Women in the freezer? THAT'S ME!
You can tell from this review that I enjoyed Breaking Glass immensely and then I got so wrapped up in my head with a plot line which was unraveling that I fuh-reaked out. I put the book down about 60 pages from the end hollering "Nope, I can't. NOOOOOOPE!" and was so terrified that I had to ask Lisa to spoil the last 60 pages for me. How embarassing, right?
So what I'll do is just leave you with a massive recommendation to read Breaking Glass and I'll just go sit in a corner and die of shame.
Reflecting on Breaking Glass: 4 Stars – This book was really good, a definite re-reader (apart from the last sixty pages….)
Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot.
When she hit her teens, she realized that Long Island was too small for her and she needed to escape. So she went to college in Pittsburgh. Go figure.
On leaving college, Lisa became a graphic designer living in New York City. She eventually married her husband of a zillion years, had two lovely children, and was swept away to a fairy tale life in the Bronx, where, unbelievably there are more trees and wilderness than her hometown. She can see the Hudson River from her kitchen window.
Lisa has been a professor of graphic design at her beloved Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly seventeen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.
BREAKING GLASS which was released July 9, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series will be released in 2014 along with an unnamed sequel in the following year. LIFE AND BETH will also be released in the near future. So stay tuned because Lisa is very hyper and has to create stuff to stay alive.