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September 7, 2012

FlashFiveFriday: Broken

I like to read books with "broken" characters. Usually there is an emotional or psychological issue with the character, but occasionally there is a physical handicap. It all started in elementary/middle school, when I would pick up books about suicidal, run away/kidnapped, drug addicted teenagers such as The Face on the Milk Carton. I thought I would share a list of some of my favorites.

Time's up. Have you read any of these? Do you have suggestions for me?

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  1. I love these sorts of stories! Other suggestions:

    Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood
    White Oleander - Janet Fitch
    Wintergirls - Laurie Halse Andersen
    Cracked Up To Be - Courtney Summers
    The Hanged Man - Francesca Lia Block
    Gerald's Game - Stephen King
    Shine - Lauren Myracle

    I've also been recommended Gillian Flynn's work and it's in my to-read list.

    1. Just what I need - more books for my TBR pile. LOL. Thanks!

  2. I don't really like stories like that. They make me feel...icky. For whatever reason. I do like to read romances in which one of the characters has experienced something devastating in their past. Not only do we get a romance/HEA, but if the author is any good, we get to see the hurting person begin to put themselves back together with the support of their new loved one. I like my books to be mostly happy.

    1. For the most part I think they all have happy endings. I like the healing process - the strength of the human spirit - that the stories portray.

  3. I love Wally Lamb books for that very reason.

  4. Any author who can evoke emotion through prose is worth reading. Sometimes that emotion can be a laugh out loud and at others tears of happiness or sadness. Most of us have experienced these emotions but few writers have a consistant ability to bring them out with that magical combination of plot and character.

  5. My favorite is Painless by Derek Ciccone? I like conflict in my characters too, but not so much that they are irredeemable.



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