Friday 23 April 2021

Review of He Called Me Broken by Annabeth Chatwin


Late Fall, 1998

Sutton: When I walk into school, they turn their backs.

I used to have friends. I used to be popular. I was the safe kind of gay: the kind who wore the right clothes, who threw the right parties, who played the right Will to all the girls’ Grace. But when I started dating Tyler, I crossed the line between prep and skater, safe and dangerous, popular and loser.

Now I have no one but him. All my former friends make fun of me… and when I was one of them, I went along with their games. Now I'm the target.

I’m slipping away.

Tyler can’t save me.

I’m not sure I want to be saved anymore.

Tyler: I’m used to being a loser. Sutton’s not.

Sutton was cool once. When his friends turn their backs, refuse to work with him, and smack him around, he breaks a little bit. What happened to the kid who shouted down his best friend? Where’s the guy who squared off with the vice principal? Every day, he drifts farther. Every day, I lose a little more of him.

Sutton’s slipping away.

I can’t save him.

But I have to find a way.


My Review: 5 STARS

I read the first book in this mini series and fell in love with Tyler and Sutton and picking up the second book just made me love them even more. It was a quick read as both are just novellas, but at the same time powerful and amazing, hard-hitting and making you think, making you examine the characters, the history, the lives that are involved. I adored the characters and the plot of this one, and can’t wait to read more from Tyler and Sutton, to see if their story continues and where it goes from here. Overall a heartbreaking, but needed addition, and very much recommended!

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