Broken People, by Scott Hildreth continues to receive praise from those that read it.
You ever read something that really…REALLY makes you think about life, your actions, your reactions, your personal feelings, your view of others?? Oh? No? There have been a few for me….and this is one of them. This story blew me away. I mean….really fucked with my emotions, my thinking, and honestly made my heart hurt a bit.
How does one begin to put their thoughts and emotions into words……let me attempt to….
“Broken people attract broken people” The Fat Kid…“”Chocolate. I need fucking chocolate.” David…. “God hates fags” Marc….“Love that just is.” Britney…“Help. This. Girl.” Michelle“Stay human” 5 people….5 broken people…..5 beautifully broken stories…5 beatifully amazingly broken stars….Infinite messages….Many many emotions.
“Time passes, and things change. “ A heart wrenching story of broken souls finding broken souls. Broken souls mending broken souls. Broken souls saving broken souls.
Life ain’t always beautiful…..Scott Hildreth’s debut definitely forces us as readers to face that fact and see the ugliness, the darker side of life’s dirty little secrets. He shows us that we are not alone in our fears, our insecurities…in a very raw and real way. You might not think of yourself broken, but everyone…in their own way…is somehow broken….if only a little bit.
“Knowing or admitting being broken doesn’t help if we aren’t conscious of just what the underlying problem is. I am conscious of my faults, my character defects, and my short comings. I do what I do, not to mask it or separate myself from the realization, but to make my life less painless. I found myself relating to parts of this story’s messages. This book forced me to take a look at my scars and my fears. Forced me to consider others….and their scars. I am broken in my own ways…. “Letting down others hurts me far more than letting myself down. It disappoints me greatly to disappoint others.” I have my demons…but….. “From destruction comes creation. Beauty will rise from the ashes.” Hildreth introduces us to “The Fat Kid”…… “I ate donuts the way a 110 pound Asian eats hot dogs at the Nathan’s Hot Dog National Eating Championship. Bite. Drink. Swallow. Bite. Drink. Swallow.” He pads himself, uses vulgar language, acts like a snarky asshole at times….. all to shut people out. Why would someone want to get to know an obese, vulgar, insensitive human being? It’s his defense against life….against failure….against getting close….against hurt.
He takes us on his journey….and gives us his broken and scattered puzzle pieces. Although there are multiple points of view, for me the “Fat Kid” is the focal point of the story. This is his life. This is his brilliant story of his road to redemption and forgiveness. This is him overcoming his incident “Good friends, friends that really care, are a once in a life time thing.” My heart bled a little for each character. My compassion for their situation and their heart ache grew with each page I turned. Hildreth most definitely has an amazing sense of verbal prowess and an uncanny ability to tell each character’s heart breaking story in a brilliant light.
As a parent, this book was some what of a self-help inspirational piece of art. Although I am not a parent to teen….yet…God forbid my child have to go thru any of the pain depicted or face any of the same issues. I can’t 100% safe guard my child from all the pain or troubles in life, but I can damn well make sure that I am there every step of the way, helping walk them thru it when I can and holding their hand…..regardless is the situation. Full fledged support and understanding.
I would without any reservations recommend everyone to read this amazing story.
“If someone makes you think, keep them. If someone makes you feel, keep them.” This one is a keeper……… (Heather S, Goodreads)
I admit in this review that all my life I have felt broken. Well, not entirely, but a part of me was always broken. And after reading this book I realized that I was not alone. There are people like me – damaged, broken, shattered, who are waiting for someone to heal them, for someone to put them back at their place. I have to admit that this book broke my heart while reading. I cried so many times while reading it, that I lost the count. But it also inspired me to wipe my tears away, and to put a smile on my face. This book inspired me to look at my scars – my battle wounds, and the broken piece of my soul with my eyes full of empathy and heal them. It is one of the first times in my life when I found solace in words that are written by someone else. It was like, as if his words were healing my soul. I never felt that way before. I can clearly admit that this is a life changing book. You may ask me now, how am I so certain about it? The reason is pretty simple. It changed my life, and that is more than enough to prove my beliefs right. This is not just a piece of fiction, this is more than that. These are stories which will tear you apart, and heal your heart – surprisingly both at the same time. It is a kind of those “self-help” books that makes you a better person after a read. It doesn’t matter if you are a teenager, or a single parent, an Egyptian or an Indian (like me), a research scholar or a teacher – but this is a book which everyone should read, regardless of their age and the genres which they prefer to read. I will cherish this book for the rest of my life, and I express my gratitude to the Author for writing such an honest and heart-wrenching tale. You certainly changed my life. I might be broken, but I think, I will find peace with that. And someday, one day, I won’t be this broken. No more. (Bhavya Kaushik, Goodreads)