Monday, June 13, 2016

Broken Girl

My name is ROSE NEWTON, and I sell my body on the streets of San Francisco. I’m what you call society's dirty little secret. On the outside, I'm in control, the woman who makes her own rules and gives nothing away for free. Inside, I’m broken and numb. Torn and shattered by my past, my life is nothing more than the lost fragments of what's left of me. 

SHANE WEST represents everything that’s foreign to me. He’s brave, kind, funny, gorgeous and persistent. When fate brings us face to face, an undeniable attraction blazes between us. He becomes the constant I've never had and the only man I'll ever trust. There is nothing simple about falling in love when you're keeping a secret like mine. 

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Rose grew up with on of the worst childhoods you can imagine. Until she ran away at sixteen she endured a life none of of even want to imagine. She's broken, damaged, and has no self-esteem to speak of. She sells her body to make a living, thinking she has no other options. Then she see's Shane care enough about her friend, a complete stranger to him, to stop her from being hurt. After that she become obsessed with finding out more about him. 

After that, Rose can't stop thinking about him and tries to see him whenever she can. She catches his eye too and wants to know her. When they start hanging out together Rose starts to feel emotions she never knew she could feel for a man before. He's everything she's not and she wants to know more. But she doesn't feel worthy of him, so how can she stick around? 

This book is one that takes you into a very real world that you usually don't see in books. It shows you the dark alley's that we usually skip over and like to pretend don't exist, and brings them to the forefront of your mind. Makes you sit up and pay attention to the broken people that we usually like to ignore. I liked Rose's character a lot, and really enjoyed the way the author portrayed her. Despite her damaged soul, and lack of self worth I still found her strong and admired her for keeping her head up throughout the book. 

Shane seemed more like a secondary character to me, rather than the male protagonist I thought he would be. It was both a good thing and a bad thing, for me. While I liked how he didn't take over the story that was clearly Rose's to tell, I also wanted to know a lot more about him. I think I just wanted him to be in the story more than he was because of how much Rose brought him up and wanted to see more of them together before their proclamations of love came about. 

Rose's past was, of course, brought up a lot and I thought it went well with the story to see exactly why she was struggling. Her childhood wasn't easy to hear about but I liked that we got to see it. The only past parts I didn't fully understand were from a recent past that was brought up, and I didn't fully get why it was part of the story. I kept thinking that the more we saw, the more I would understand. But by the end I was still confused why we were getting that story of hers. 

Overall, Broken Girl was a good read that I think anyone that wants to delve into the darker parts of the world will enjoy. Rose was a very intriguing character and from the first page I found myself wanting to know more and more about her. Her story isn't pretty, but it's beautifully broken. 

About the Author

Gretchen de la O, is a writer of romantically unique stories. A proclaimed positive energy infuser by people who know her, she finds joy in helping those around her discover their creative process. Gretchen is a firm believer that anything is possible if you set your mind to it; and what you expect out of life, always finds a way of showing up. She’s authentic in her dedication to her own creative process, finds strength in her spirituality, and is always looking for the bright spot in every situation.  

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  1. Great Review! I was emotionally drained after reading this book myself, but it was worth it, wasn't it?

    1. Yes it was! Haha glad you enjoyed it too :D