Boy Shattered by Eli Easton

Boy Shattered

Brian 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...

Details Boy Shattered

TitleBoy Shattered
Release DateOct 16th, 2018
GenreRomance, M M Romance, Young Adult, Contemporary, Lgbt

Reviews Boy Shattered

  • ☆ Todd
    Wow, this book covered a lot of ground and, at times, was not an easy read, but I'm still extremely glad that I read it.Mass shootings are all too common these days, but we only ever really hear about the death toll and a few details as to the shooter's suspected motivations.This book went deeper than that. Much, much deeper, mainly concentrating on the aftermath for the shell-shocked survivors.In this story, Brian was a popular junior and quarte...
  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    I wasn't sure that I wanted to read Boy Shattered, and, to be honest, it was a tough read all the way through. I picked a bad day to start it, a day when I already felt bleak, and it did not make my mood any better. However, I think Eli Easton wrote an important book, and a really moving love story. I'm going to start off with things you should know before attempting this book.If you've read the blurb at all, you'll know at least some of these th...
  • Meags
    5 StarsI’ve always been a huge fan of Eli Easton’s stories, but I honestly feel like Boy Shattered is her strongest work to date, both in terms of content and delivery. This would have been a damn difficult story to write, on countless levels - hell, it was a difficult story to read - so I can’t even begin to imagine what Easton went through professionally and emotionally to write such a book, but she has my utmost respect and praise for th...
  • Judith
    3.5A thought provoking read,a YA love story born from a tragic event.Coming from the UK where the last school shooting was back in 1996 after which the ownership of handguns was banned I found this a difficult read.Due to the subject matter the book was always going to have a sombre feel to it but out of all the darkness there was a quite beautiful story of two young men who,in a different life might never have got together.From the blurb the rea...
  • Martin
    Wow, I am truly impressed by this story.It wasn’t necessarily an entertaining romance, as it deals with a high school shooting and is highly political which is unusual for a m/m story.I too agree with the characters about the gun laws in the US being ridiculous. So many things are to blame when it comes to finding a reason behind such a terrible act of violence, but giving the general public access to weapons is certainly a key factor in enabli...
  • Nazanin
    3.5 StarsI’m not really into YA stories but I wanted to try this one because of the blurb! I didn’t expect so much romance but I expected more tension between MCs and I wanted it to be more angsty (it was more like a cute story despite its subject matter). So it wasn’t that spicey for me and it dragged a bit BUT I loved the last 30-35%! It had all the things that I needed (angst and romance)! My other issue was with Brain’s parents! They ...
  • BWT (Belen)
    Absolutely wonderful.A thoughtful and beautiful portrayal of surviving a tragedy and falling in love. We never see the train wreck coming. Is that a blessing or a curse? The topic, a school shooting and its aftermath, is gripping and the way Easton approaches it felt fresh.Great POV, a terrific cast of characters, with a fast pace, Boy Shattered sucked me in and wouldn't let me go until I'd turned the last page. ❤Recommended!Advanced Review Ga...
  • Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
    ⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*What is wrong with me?*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱ When Brian ‘Bri’ Marshall (17) was dying, Landon ‘Lanny’ Hughes (17? 18? A senior) saved his life. This changed it all. It was a complete wake up call. Brian feel like a coward, Landon feel like he needs to do more and together they can breathe. Overall, though the book was heartbreaking and sad - because unfortunately, this had happened in real life - it wasn't for me. It's so...
  •  ⚣ Marco ⚣
    Dark but not depressing.Angsty but not hopeless.Heavy but with a silver lining.Relevant but not preachy.And since this is Eli Easton, very heartbreaking yet also very romantic.There's a reason she is a favorite author of mine.PS: The mystery aspect felt a little out of place, but I wasn't really bothered by that.PPS: Brian’s dad can go step on a Lego.
  • Susan
    This book deals with quite a heavy subject. And while it was not all doom and gloom, this book did make me sad.School shootings have always been this unreal thing for me, since our country doesn’t know school shootings. But here it felt so close, so real. I could totally picture the fear, the desperate need to hide, to get away. All while your friends are being killed, and there’s nothing you can do. It really is something out of nightmares.B...
  • Eugenia
    Outstanding!!!This book was simply stunning in it’s naked portrayal of a school shooting and its devastating aftershocks. I loved this book! I loved these characters! It was so riveting I read it all in a single sitting!This is a powerful call for gun control done in such a brutally beautiful way. It left me speechless.
  • .Lili.
    No matter you who you are this book will hit you. I felt especially moved because I have a daughter in this age group. Right before school started, I asked how she was feeling about the upcoming school starting, and she said "nervous." I responded that it was natural to be nervous- new school, new year and all that. She responded, "Not that, mom. I'm scared someone will try something crazy because it's the first day." That broke my heart. Our chi...
  • CrabbyPatty
    Eli Easton's "Boy Shattered" is heartbreakingly tragic. It's one of those rare books where you don't just read it, you experience it and at times it's a difficult read, but as Brian ponders: It was good that there were people in the world like Landon. It was a tiny defense against the horror that people were capable of. But maybe ... maybe that tiny bit was enough. A light in the darkness. Easton does an exceptional job of showing us every nuance...
  • Valerie
    Wow,! School shootings, while depressingly common, haven't been told so intimately to those of us not involved or those of us who don't know anyone who has been through a school shooting. But the way this book describes a fictional school shooting and the emotions behind it is heartbreakingly realistic.You meet Brian. A typical football player who is trying to fit in with one large secret, he's gay. No one knows and he needs to keep it...
  • Jewel
    4.5 StarsOk, that was intense. I was visibly shaking by the end of part one and only just able to hold back tears. Boy Shattered is a work of fiction based on very a factual reality that we, in the US, endure way too often. A reality where active shooter drills are held in our schools and too many kids die or witness the horrors of watching their friends die because guns are a way of life here. How did we get to a place where so much death is mor...
  • Sanaa ☆ Sanaa's Book Blog ☆
    4.25 stars. This was not the easiest book to read and the beginning just hits you in the gut with all those emotions that you don't know what to do with them. Boy Shattered was a story of tragedy, survival and finding love. It deals with heavy topics that do need to be addressed. And it honestly breaks my heart that there's stuff like this happening all over the world. I just wanted to wrap everyone in a hug and never let them leave.Although it...
  • Lost in a Book
    3.25 StarsWow.I think I need a minute month to process. I tip toed into this book. The subject matter is hard and hits pretty close to home. So yeah, hesitant AF is an understatement.Before I start discussing the book, I want to provide insight on the rating. My rating has nothing to do with the quality of the writing. It has a lot to do with personal preferences and an immense dislike for politics. If I had access to the foreword prior to reques...
  • Bev
    This story has a dark and disturbing subject matter but a very positive and upbeat ending which I really liked. 4.5 stars rounded up. I think the entire thing was handled very sensitively by Eli and as she says, she didn't make any political statements...although they are obviously implied by the very nature of the story. *I* however will...I'm not American, and I think most sensible Americans are aware that a vast number of countries around the ...
  • CaRo
    First things first - I really don‘t know why there aren‘t more books which deal with school shootings. And I don’t mean like the shootings actually happen but more like that is a thing and how you deal with it when you are young. As I am from Europe for me it is a little bit hard to understand why there are so many guns and why the people think they need them. And one of the stupidest things I have heard in the last years was for sure ,arm ...
  • Mymymble
    I'm not usually an Eli Easton fan: angsty is not my thing; cutesy is not my thing; combination is certainly not my thing.But I thought this was a brave subject so I'd give it a go.5% in and I'm already considering DNFing.First there was THIS: "Jake tried to get the, but I hung onto it with fingers like iron claws, so Jake picked me up over his shoulder, and ran over the goal line with me, screaming like a warrior." Okay we know it's a ball but a ...
  • Barb ~rede-2-read~
    This is the story of how Brian survived a mass shooting at his high school and how Landon, the boy who stopped to help him, became an activist, his friend, and ultimately his lover. There aren’t words to describe how incredibly emotional, meaningful, heartbreaking, and heartwarming this story is. Only Eli Easton could wring tears from a turnip. Honestly. Those who know me know I occasionally cry, i.e., a few tears appear on my lashes. Let’s j...
  • Kim
    I don't often read YA. But I do often read Eli Easton, so I decided to give this one a try. Good decision!In this story, Eli deftly tackles difficult and sensitive issues. I didn't find the overall tone overly angsty--although I do have a very high tolerance for angst, and those who have less of a taste for it might find the book a little bit hard going. Still, it's definitely never maudlin, and the sweet romance between Landon and Brian provides...
  • Laura
    3.5 Stars“Where once I stood, uncertain but whole, are now a million slivers of glass, too small to reflect the light.”Boy Shattered by Eli Easton is a powerful story about a high school shooting. Unfortunately, an all too familiar story in our world today. As much as I loved meeting and spending time with Brian and Landon, I have to admit that I was not ready for a mass shooting mystery genre. The identity of the shooters was unknown for mos...
  • Elsbeth
    *4.5 stars*This was hard to read. "The aftermath of a school-mass-shooting".It boggles my mind this gun-possession-right. It seems so simple. Guns have no place at schools. Period. But yet the problem is so complicated.I have had fire drills in my school days. But I can't imagine what it's like to have to be drilled how to survive in a school-shooting..."Avoid, deny, defend"What these kids witnessed and gone through. Brian was truly shattered by ...
  • Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
    5 +++ StarsThe blurb for this book sounded amazing, but I wasn’t sure if I could get through it with the subject matter. Once I worked up the nerve to open the book and start reading, I was drawn in and hooked from the first paragraph and I couldn’t make myself put it down. This story was absolutely riveting. Landon and Brian are high school students. They know of one another and unbeknownst to the other, especially since Brian is closeted, t...
  • Sali Mes
    Loved this book.It is not a easy read. It's heartbreaking, sad and then hopeful.Both guys are great and great together.The ending is a bit too fast and easy for me.
  • Bibliophile
    I wasn't sure if I was going to read this one right away. Was I really ready to read something so painful and so heavy? But it's Eli Easton, whom I adore, so I took a leap and opened this book. And I'm so glad I did.This book wasn't nearly as painful/angsty as I was expecting. Of course the pain from living through such an incident is there--but I thought Easton did a good job being true to the story while also shielding us, her readers, from the...
  • Tess
    4.5 starsThis was really good. Everything that Landon and Brian went through during the shooting and in the aftermath felt honest and real and their romance was slowly developing and very tender and beautiful. Definitely not an easy read though, but worth it. Although I really liked it, I think I would have liked it even more without the suspense plot. (view spoiler)[I found it hard to believe that the shooters wouldn't have been caught right awa...