Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Blog Tour: One Broken Day by Melissa MacVicar... Review & Giveaways!

Today I have an emotional and touching book to tell you about...
One Broken Day
by Melissa MacVicar
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction

Release Date: May 18th 2017

After a notorious school shooting leaves her a shadow of the girl she once was, seventeen-year-old Lizzie Beringer moves to Nantucket Island. There, Lizzie vows to hide her identity as the shooter’s sister. All her efforts to fly under the radar, however, are complicated by her P.T.S.D. and the attention she receives from two competing boys. While fending off the not-so-subtle advances of popular athlete Michael Wickersham, she must also deal with her growing feelings for her shy lab partner Gage Pike. Gage may act like he’s all wrong for her, but the pull between them is undeniable. 
Under the threat of discovery and the possibility of testifying in a televised trial, Lizzie fights to keep her secrets and start her life over.
One Broken Day is a brilliantly imagined story exploring the ways we are all broken and at the same time, offered redemption in the most unexpected of places.

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About the Author
Melissa was born and mostly raised on Nantucket Island, and she currently lives there with her husband and two teenage children. When not being a wife and mother and teaching writing to seventh graders, she enjoys binge watching shows like Big Little Lies, House of Cards, and Outlander. Despite the rumors to the contrary, she does not actually wish she was a teenager again, nor does she see ghosts like the main character in her first novel, Ever Near. She does, however, love to hear from readers so send her a message on social media or at her email:
Title: One Broken Day
Author: Melissa MacVicar
Format: Digital ARC
Source: Blog Tour

In One Broken Day, Melissa MacVicar provides us readers with an emotional and entertaining read with memorable characters and a story that will make you think.

Lizzie, or rather Lainie as she is now known, has relocated to Nantucket with her former-actress mother after a school shooting, a shooting that was committed by her younger brother.  There she hopes to escape the cameras, questions and fame that come from not only being the child of famous parents but from also being the sibling of the perpetrator of a horrific crime.  She wants a fresh start with a new identity where she can just blend in.  And that's not going to be easy for her especially with a trial looming and her fear of her classmates discovering the truth.  

Lainie must also deal with PTSD and her own complicated emotions that come with what her brother did and the sudden changes in her life.  When we hear about crimes such as mass shootings, we rarely hear about the perpetrator’s families and I completely understand and respect why…it's not about them.  But I found it interesting and appreciated that Melissa MacVicar chose to go there…to show that families don't always know or see the signs and they can be as deeply affected as victims’ families.  The first chapter is a perfect example of this.  The families of perpetrators live with the crime, too, knowing what their family member did and wondering if they could have prevented it.  Lainie is a good example, no matter where life takes her, good or bad, she’ll always be affected by what her brother did.  But she is not her brother.

On a bit of a lighter note things also get complicated for Lainie when not only does she catch the eye of one of the school’s jocks, but also her lab partner.  And only one of them really catches her eye…Gage the lab partner (and I must say, he'd be my choice, too). This weird triangle thing definitely affects her ability to blend in as everyone notices the new girl especially when Wick the jock “calls dibs.” I enjoyed how each of the characters grow and change in unexpected ways throughout the book as unexpected relationships and friendships develop.

One Broken Day is a wonderful book about healing and dealing with something I can't even imagine having to go through. With its interesting characters, story, and a topic you don't read about that often or at least not from this POV, I couldn't put it down. I look forward to reading more books by Melissa MacVicar.

* I received a digital arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

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