Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #1
Publication date: November 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover purchased
My Thoughts: It has actually taken me a while to write this review. If you have read this book you know - will know what I am talking about. Taherah Mafi’s writing style is unlike another modern book I have ever read before. It reminds me of a poetry, which I have never been a huge fan of, but my problem with poetry is simple. I want to know more. I don’t want it to let me guess. I have no problem reading Shakespeare’s plays or Jeffery Chaucer because their poetry is a story. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end. That’s how Shatter Me is written. It doesn’t follow any “normal” writing pattern yet, it makes perfect sense.
There are so many things to love about this story. In the words of the Epic Reads girls, it has a ton of feels. The entire book is about Juliette’s feelings for a world that has never accepted her because she is feared. Yet she doesn’t let this turn her into a negative or vengeful person, she just keeps trying to be good and she keeps seeing the beauty in a devastated world full of fearful people. The two men (Adam and Warner) in the book are two sides of the same coin leaving it up to Juliette to choose who she wants to be.
Tahereh Mafi is a girl. She’s 23. She was born the youngest child with four older brothers in a small city somewhere in Connecticut, and currently resides in Orange County, California. She graduated from a tiny liberal arts college two miles from the shores of Laguna Beach, has varying levels of competency in eight different languages, and spent a semester abroad in Barcelona, Spain, where she had the opportunity to study Spanish literature in its native form.
Mafi has traveled all over the world, lived on both sides of the United States, and even spent some years writing really bad poetry. When unable to find a book, she can be found reading candy wrappers, coupons, and old receipts.
Shatter Me is her first novel.
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