I’ve been extremely excited to read Shatter Me for a while because every review I saw has been a positive one. I’m so glad I got my hands on a copy! It was definitely one of the best young adult books of 2011!
Juliette was such a great character. I’ve been reading a lot of books full of tough, independent young women lately and Juliette was such a different story. She was thrown into independency and all she craved was for someone to love her. Tahereh Mafi really did well with describing just how lonely and attention-deprived Juliette was. I could relate to her as sometimes I question everyone’s love for me. Mafi sends a message that sometimes you just have to trust people.
Juliette stood her own ground, though, and I grew more and more proud of her as the story went on. She really evolved to the point of understanding that she was not a monster after all.
Adam was wonderfully perfect. He was strong and sexy and the right choice of character for Juliette. And Mafi once again shined – this time in her ability to create the romance that every girl dreams of.
I must admit, Mafi’s writing did throw me off at first. For example, since the book was written in first person, some of Juliette’s personal feelings would be crossed out, as if she was writing a diary and getting rid of sentences she disliked. There were also plenty of short sentences, sentences without verbs, i.e. the type of things that would give an English teacher a heart attach. However, I quickly fell in love with this somewhat informal style. It often reminded me of Chuck Palahniuk and a bit of my own writing, which made it just a bit more personal.
Overall, Shatter Me was perfect in every way. I read it in one sitting because I couldn’t get enough. I highly recommend it to anyone that likes both paranormal and dystopian genres, and to anyone looking for a gateway novel into those genres.
Meghan is a 18-year-old book blogger. She likes to read and write in her spare time and would like to become a published author one day. She plans on going to college soon.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by HarperCollins. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.