kiss of broken glass book coverPublisher’s Description

In the next 72 hours, Kenna may lose everything—her friends, her freedom, and maybe even herself. One kiss of the blade was all it took to get her sent to the psych ward for 72 hours. There she will face her addiction to cutting, though the outcome is far from certain.

When fifteen-year-old Kenna is found cutting herself in the school bathroom, she is sent to a facility for a mandatory psychiatric watch. There Kenna meets other kids like her—her roommate, Donya, who’s there for her fifth time; the birdlike Skylar; and Jag, a boy cute enough to make her forget her problems …for a moment.

Reviewed by Benish Khan

Kiss of Broken Glass is Madeleine Kuderick’s debut novel about sensitive topics like self-harm, cutting and depression. Kuderick does explore some different aspects of cutting which I haven’t previously read about. This is an appealing and intriguing novel; I had to finish this book right away once I began to read it.

Kuderick certainly does have talent for writing; her style was almost lyrical. I do wish the plot was somewhat more of a focus. As it stands, it was almost non-existent. The story was more character driven than anything else. I would have also preferred the book to be lengthier–I finished it in less than an hour.

Kiss of Broken Glass is a novel that will either be a real hit or a real miss for readers–there’s not much middle ground. It is by no means a bad debut but it certainly has its flaws. In the end, Kuderick’s engaging writing style was what stood out the most and I look forward to checking out more of her work.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Benish Khan has her B.A in Psychology and Religion from the University of New York. She’s a psychologist and artist by day, and a bookworm by night. She currently blogs at feministreflections.com.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by HarperCollins Publishers. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.