Author: Eli Easton
Book: Boy Shattered
Page/Word Count: 317 Pages, 85K words
Categories: Gay Romance, YA/NA
Release Date: October 16, 2018
Cover Artist: Tiferet Designs
You’ll make it out of here, Brian. I swear.
I had everything—school quarterback, popular with girls, and my dad was proud of me. I told myself it didn’t matter no one knew the real me. And then I nearly died. Landon saved my life. He’s the bravest guy I know. He came out a few years ago, proud and fierce, and he ran into gunfire to help others. Me, I’m a mess. Can’t even stand to be in a room with the curtains open. But here’s the thing about losing it all: You get a chance to start over and be someone new. Only how can I move on when the two shooters who attacked our school were never caught? And why do I feel like I’m still in the crosshairs?
Will you kiss me?
When I came across Brian Marshall,the hottest guy in school, dying on the cafeteria floor, I did what anyone would do. I tried to save him. His request surprised me, but I figured he needed comfort, so I kissed him on the forehead. When he survived and came back to school, he was broken in body and mind. He still needed me, and soon we were unlikely besties. But what I saw at school that day woke me up. I want to demand action on gun control, lead protests, raise my fist. I’ll tear the world down if I have to. And if I can get the man of my dreams and save the world at the same time? I’ll take it. Only I didn’t understand that the horror at Jefferson Waller High wasn’t over.
5✨s – Wow. I knew this book was going to break me, but I didn’t expect it to do it the way it did. I cried my way through the school scene and its aftermath. Through Brian’s pain—physical and mental—and Landon’s determination to fight.
Eli Easton created a fictional attack that explored a fictional world that is all too real. I wish I could have read and enjoyed reading this beautiful book without also knowing things like this do happen in real life. It makes me sick. It also inspires me. Because books are a way to speak up and push for a different society, one where we don’t have to fear things like school shootings. And that’s what Eli Easton did. She wrote about a fictional tragedy that reminds the real readers that school shootings happen, and without being preachy or feeling like she’s throwing her personal opinions at us. Does she tell us how she feels? Yes, but it’s well done and tasteful and there’s more story than political views.
Brian and Landon come together during and after the tragedy. They lean on one another and it’s their friendship, their will to live and their determination to not let it happen again. I really felt this book. It wasn’t dragged out and depressing. There were sad and scary moments, which I expected. But the fight these kids had in them is what made it upbeat and turned it into something more.
I went in expecting to have my heart tore out, which it was, but I came out happy and light and it felt so good. There are so many things to be taken away from a book like this and I am so glad Eli Easton stood up and spoke out. These characters might not be real, but they felt real, and they faced real circumstances and it was done so beautifully.
5✨s – Just……wow. Take a breathe and keep on reading! It’s so very worth all of the emotions that you’ll experience when working your way through the book. This is stunningly poignant story that needs to be told and read by everyone. Personally, I experienced so much when reading it and it also made all of the school shootings that have ever happened so much more real to me. It’s never something that’s affected me directly but now I think I understand more of the different viewpoints of those that are present in such a situation. Brian is shot in a mass school shooting at his school and goes from star quarterback and popular guy to a shell of anxiety, flashbacks and pain. His hero is Landon. the guy he’s been secretly looking at for ages, an out and proud guy who stands up for his friends. The two together offer a new found support and friendship that others can’t understand. Brian needs Landon and he struggles to comprehend how the man becomes so important to his survival. Landon’s coping mechanisms involve caring for Brian and taking a stand against gun laws. He stands for what he believes needs to be heard by those in power. Brian especially is a heartbreaking character. What he lives through and then the aftermath is a feat of inner strength, carrying on and getting through the day. His emerging connection with Landon is the bright part of his days and the story. Reading them together is what pulls them and us along on this story. There are other students/friends that are secondary characters to our MC’s, giving support and friendship to all that they go through as well as both sets of parents. It offers the viewpoint of how everyone is affected differently and the experiences that they all have of the actual event. Brian’s need to know who committed the act stems from his fear of being shot and that they got away. Whereas Landon goes in a different direction, protesting and advocating for safer gun control. Getting to read this story from both MC’s POVs brings us closer to both men, their experiences and opinions. Whilst it’s a hard subject to broach, I think that Eli has fully done it justice and is something that everyone should read. Her writing pulls you in, immersing you in the world that the characters are in which, considering the subject matter, isn’t the greatest thing for a couple scenes but the rest is so very worth it. I felt closer to the characters and could easily feel the myriad of emotions that all of them felt throughout the book. This whole story is a work of fiction but there are a couple of references to actual events. Eli has a very good foreword at the beginning with her reasons for writing the story and what is or is not included. I cannot recommend this book for everyone. There are scenes that can be hard to read but the overall story is so very worth it, especially with the HEA that our MC’s get. I received an ARC from the publisher and am happily giving a review.
About Eli Easton:
Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, an author of paranormal thrillers, a fan-fiction writer, an organic farmer, and a profound sleeper, Eli Easton is happy these days writing love stories.
As an avid reader of such, she is tickled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness, and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, with her husband, three bulldogs, two cows, a cat, and a potbellied pig. She enjoys reading in all genres and, when she can be pried away from her iPad, hiking and biking.
Eli Easton has published 24 books in m/m romance since 2013. She won the Rainbow Award for Best Contemporary Romance in 2014 (The Mating of Michael) and in 2016 (A Second Harvest). Her Howl at the Moon series of humorous dog shifter romances have become fan favorites and placed in the Rainbow Awards and the Goodreads M/M Group Reader’s Choice awards. She is best known for romances with humor and a lot of heart.
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