Meant to be Broken
By: Brandy Woods Snow
Genre: YA contemporary
Rayne Davidson is perfectly happy fading into the background. Her mama’s antics garner enough attention in their small Southern town for the both of them, but when Rayne catches the eye of all-star QB, Preston Howard, she’s enamored with the possibilities. Too bad Preston doesn’t make her heart thump—but his brother does.
Gage Howard doesn’t mind the town’s stares, probably because he doesn’t get them. Growing up in his older brother’s shadow, Gage shrugs off the endless parade of girls Preston brings home—until Rayne.
But there are unwritten rules that shouldn’t be broken, like cheating on your boyfriend or betraying your brother. Rayne and Gage deny their growing attraction, neither willing to hurt Preston—until the town finds out.
They think overcoming the gossip will be the hardest obstacle.
Rayne’s mama has a secret, and its revelation could divide the town, the families, and the new couple.
Can love really exist if it’s all built on a lie?
Meant to be Broken is a new release as of this July!! It is the first in a series of novels set in South Carolina and written by Brandy Woods Snow. I was sent the book to review from the publishers. I want to say that when I am sent books by the publishers or authors to review, my reviews are always honest. I’m not writing reviews to try to make the author or publisher happy – I’m writing them to honestly report on a book that I have read.
So, I am going to be honest. I rated this book 2.5/5 stars. That’s not a very good rating, but that is my opinion. It doesn’t mean that the book was absolutely horrible. It just wasn’t for me.
This book follows Rayne and Gage who fall in love even though Rayne is dating Gage’s perfect older brother, Preston. BUT it doesn’t stop there, and that’s one of the things that really surprised me about this novel. It takes place over like 2 years, and SO MUCH happens during then that by the end of the book, literally everything had changed and I was a little confused.
Let’s talk about the characters. At the beginning, I really liked Rayne. She was different than the shallow, Barbie-like girls that Preston usually dated. She was smart and had very good comebacks. But all we know about her was anything that had to do with the boys she was dating. The story didn’t really show anything else about her – every activity she took part in somehow had something to do with Preston or Gage. So I would have liked to know a little more about her character. Also, as soon as she and Gage got together, everything I liked about her turned into a sappy, boy-obsessed girl.
I loved Gage though. He was smart and athletic and just rebellious enough to work for the story!! Props to the author for writing a GREAT main love interest!!
Preston was a pretty good character as well, Rayne’s best friend Jaycee was satisfactory as the “mean girl” of the story, and I loved Gage’s cousins when they came into the picture! And then there’s Charlotte Howard, who reminds me of a much worse Emily Gilmore (from Gilmore Girls).
Brandy Woods Snow’s writing was pretty good. She used some cliché metaphors at times, and sometimes the writing was a little dry. But other than that, I enjoyed her writing style!
I had very mixed feelings about the plot. At times, I was very into it. It made me feel lots of emotions, which is what you want from a book! The author did a great job at really immersing her readers into her characters lives and feeling for them.
I feel like it would have been better if the author had written Meant to be Broken as either a fun, fluffy contemporary or a more emotional, darker contemporary. Instead, these two sub-genres were kind of mixed, and it didn’t flow very well. The very beginning was fluffy and had its funny moments, but then suddenly, about halfway through, all this crazy, dark stuff starts to happen to Rayne and Gage and their families. I was left thinking “woah WHERE did that come from?” Those dark plot points could have been a great book too, but they didn’t really fit with the beginning of the book, which was all about Rayne and Gage falling in love.
So that covers the plot. I don’t want to give much away. There were aspects of the plot that I enjoyed! And there were others that made me laugh, not because the book was funny but because I was laughing AT what was happening and the ridiculousness of certain events.
But, everything was drawn together very nicely, and I enjoyed the ending! I especially loved this quote right here: “We cry when we’re broken, but the truth is maybe we’re all meant to be broken. Because that’s how we grow, and real beauty comes from taking those pieces and melting them together into something real and lasting – a mosaic of the life we’ve created, the life still to come.”
That about covers Meant to be Broken by Brandy Woods Snow! I had mixed feelings about this book, and I feel like I went back and forth a lot in this review, so sorry if I gave you whiplash. If you’re looking for a very different kind of contemporary novel that’s easy to read, I recommend this book! And a huge thanks to the marketing group at Filles Vertes Publishing for sending me this book!!!
What was the last book that made you feel very mixed feelings?? Let me know in the comments!
I hope you enjoyed today’s bookish babblings, and happy reading!
Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9LjG_02TF8