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Short Description for Flawed Sarah O'Brien is alive because of the pact she and her brother made twelve years ago -- James will protect her from their violent father if she promises to never leave him. For years, she's watched James destroy his life to save hers. If all he asks for in return is her affection, she'll give it freely. Until, with a tiny kiss and a broken mind, he asks for more than she can give. Sam Donavon ha
- Published: 11 December 2012
- Format: Paperback 321 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781620612323 ISBN 10: 1620612321
- Sales rank: 112,406
Reviews for Flawed
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Broken Psyches and Broken Hearts
Flawed is a brutal, unflinchingly painful, yet beautifully told story of broken psyches and broken hearts.
This is a really, really difficult review to write. Maybe that's fitting because Flawed was a difficult story to read. I can only imagine how painful it must have been to bring to life. I want to start by commending author Kate Avelynn for her talent and courage in writing such a unique book.
I think, by reading the synopsis, the basics of the story are clear. Sarah O'Brien is the victim of a horrific home life. Her brother James is her savior, taking her pain at one price, her love. All of her love. When James' friend Sam makes a long-awaited connection with Sarah, a chain of horrific events is set off that will leave lives destroyed. Amid the insanity, there is a beautiful love story. The moments of peace, acceptance and love between Sam and Sarah were my favorites in Flawed.
Almost every other moment, though beautifully written, was painful to read. And you know, that's okay. I absolutely believe that Flawed is a story that is meant to make you uncomfortable...how could it not? I wanted to put the book away in the times of extreme brutality. It was almost too much to take. There were so many wrong decisions made by the characters. But who can judge two children who have lived such a brutal existence? As hard as it is to believe, there are people in the world, far too many, who actually live the life of Sarah, and James. So to say that I can't stand to bear witness to a story like this is a cop out. If someone can endure it, at the very least, I can read it. And I think it says I lot that I've just sat here and written an entire paragraph, treating Flawed as a work of non-fiction and the characters as real beings. This goes to shows what a remarkable job Avelynn did in pulling me so deeply into her story.
At the end, I'm still at a loss with this review. Did I enjoy Flawed? Yes, I enjoyed the writing, and definitely the lovely moments between Sam and Sarah. But no, I didn't enjoy much of the story. I wasn't meant to. I felt deeply, thought hard, and ended with a broken heart. But I promise one thing. I won't forget Flawed. by Andrea Thompson
A teen romance dealing with difficult issues!
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Sarah lives with her parents and her brother, but her life is far from perfect. Her mother is constantly doped up on pills and rarely leaves her bedroom, and her father (an ex-boxer) is an alcoholic, and regularly beats Sarah, her older brother James, and beats and rapes her mother.
Sarah and James live in constant fear of their father, and James often takes beatings to save Sarah.
Sarah and James plan on leaving and getting their own apartment as soon as Sarah graduates, but until then, one of Sarah's greatest fears is that her father will rape her the way he rapes their mother, and take her virginity.
Sarah has had a crush on James' best friend Sam for around 5 years, but James is so protective of her, he doesn't let anyone talk to her, and so Sarah thinks that Sam doesn't even like her, which is actually far from the truth.
When Sam finally makes his feelings known, Sarah knows that it's definitely Sam that she wants to be with, but James makes it clear that she is to stay away from him. He doesn't want her to date, and he definitely doesn't want other boys touching her. The problem is though, that for James the lines between sister and girlfriend seem to be blurring, and he kisses her inappropriately!
Now Sarah is avoiding her father, trying to keep her relationship with Sam a secret, and avoiding getting too close to James for fear of what he will do.
Can Sarah and Sam ever really be together? Can Sarah manage to stay away from her father and avoid being raped? And what future lies ahead for Sarah and James?
Let's just start by saying that this is not your average teen romance. This book deals with issues of incest, rape, domestic violence, and drug use.
Sarah has obviously had a lot to deal with during her life, and her father is one of her main problems. She's desperately counting down the days until she and James can leave, until things change between them. James has always been protective, but when he kisses her, she begins to realise that maybe James' feelings aren't purely platonic. How she copes with this revelation is quite beyond me. If my brother tried to kiss me I would be seriously freaked out.
After worrying that her father would take her virginity, I'd also be worrying that James was following in his father's footsteps, and as Sarah and James shared a bedroom it was even more difficult.
The idea of incest creeps me out (as I'm sure it does for most people), and there were several points in this book where I just thought 'ick' (as did Sarah). This book was one of those where at places you wanted to know what happened, but also didn't want to know what happened just in case it was bad! (but at the same time you couldn't possibly put it down.)
Poor Sarah found herself in a seriously difficult position, pushing her brother away, whilst at the same time needing him to protect her from her father. Wanting to be with Sam, but at the same time fearing that if James found out, he would kill Sam.
Sam was just lovely. He was so loving and understanding, and caring towards Sarah, and he was exactly what she needed. I just hated that Sarah and Sam couldn't be honest with James about their relationship. The situation that they found themselves in was just awful, and it was just so unfair that they couldn't be together openly, when Sarah needed Sam's support so much.
I can honestly say that I didn't love the ending, not because it wasn't appropriate or realistic, but because it was heart-breaking! I don't want to say anything to spoil it, but no! That's not how I wanted it to end!! So upsetting!
Overall; a teen romance dealing with difficult issues!
8 out of 10. by Sarah Elizabeth