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Broken People, by Scott Hildreth – “This book healed my soul” – Reviews of Broken People

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Broken People, by Scott Hildreth continues to receive praise from those that read it.

This book was written with the intent of not merely being a story. It was written with the hope that when people read it, they would see a little bit of themselves in the characters. It was carefully crafted to include almost all concerns that teens are currently concerned with in growing up. In school, in life, with parents, with boy freinds, college, therapy, drug use, military, money, shopping, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Snapchat, Instagram, bulimia, interracial relationships, being grounded….just about everything that happens and becomes an issue is covered in this piece of fiction.
Additionally, the concerns that the parents have regarding raising children are covered. Kids being with significant others that parents prohibit, acting in a manner that is prohibited, drinking, lying, depression, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, therapy, codependency, alcoholism, teen pregnancy, photo sharing, skipping school, grades, college…all covered.
The story comes together with five colorful characters that are real, raw, and true to life. The story has no sugar coating. They cuss, they drink, they get tattoo’s, they wreck cars, they fight, they get pregnant, they purge, they lie to their parents, they text naked selfies, they skip school, and they die.
The story is told in manner that we can all relate to. It is told in a manner that opens eyes, changes minds, and leaves you, at the end, wanting to live life. If there was or is a book in recent years that may make a huge impact on you, your kids, and your way of thinking, this is that book. Simply stated, if you’re reading anything but Broken People, you’re just not reading the right book. Read something that gives you the motivation to live life as it is intended to be lived.
Here are the reviews from Goodreads. Go to Amazon and see 26 more just like these. This book is remarkable.
GOODREADS REVIEWS OF BROKEN PEOPLE
My review may contain remarks/comments/quotes someone may find offensive, but they in no way reflect my view on the situation or person depicted. This is a review and therefore is only a reflection of my own personal feelings and emotions for the book and nothing more…
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)
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Broken People embark the debut of Scott Hildreth, but while reading the book I could not make out that it was his maiden attempt. The narration was very mature and almost flawless. I was going through from one chapter to another without realizing the passage of time. This is not a book about just one character; instead the narration has been shifted from one chapter to another. Usually, it is very hard to justify with the flow of any novel while changing the narration between chapters, but the Author has done a remarkable job in narrating the storyline from different perceptions in a single book. The storyline revolves around a “Fat-Kid”, who runs an internet blog, helping troubled people (read Broken People), suffering from depression, peer pressure, parental problems, sexuality, eating disorders and suicidal tendencies. He started the blog after losing his girlfriend and another “incident” which happened in his life. His girlfriend committed suicide and left a letter for him, which he carried throughout his life, and with that letter he carried guilt, resentment, and the weight of this entire world. If you want to know about the other “incident”, then you have to read the book! But his life was changed when he met another broken soul like him, who changed his life entirely. The book does not entirely revolve around just these two people; it elucidates struggles, failures, and hardships that are faced by people like us every day. It is an amalgamation of stories of broken people, not one or two, but a lot – which I believe is the best part about this book. The author is a brilliant storyteller, a wordsmith, and the way with which he has interwoven these people together is absolutely above my comprehension. I was able to relate with almost each and every character, but it was one specific character which reflected me entirely and I cried while reading all of its narration. It is written with utmost thoughtfulness and will leave a deep impression on your mind after a read, because of its depth. It has some hauntingly beautiful descriptions and metaphors, and is filled with breathtaking quotes. There are numerous quotes in this book which broke my heart and created a space for them inside of my soul, but this one quote stood out for me from the entire text – “I wondered what was behind the suicide. There is always a reason, something, an event that takes them over the edge, making the pain unbearable. Sometimes it may be a combination of items that the person just can’t comprehend living with, but it’s always one thing that takes them over the edge. It’s not that they actually want to die. Generally, they just want the pain to stop.”
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)
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An amazing book, the story was gripping and I believe all parents should read it as well as any teenagers that are struggling with modern day life. I know of a few that this book would help and will be recommending it to them. Brill, thanks to a recommendation I was lucky to get to read this amazing book. (Kathryn Parry, Goodreads)
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This book without a doubt could change someones life. However it changed my view on life. Besides that it was very well written with numerous hints and hidden messages in the writing. By far one of my favorites I have ever read. (Kelli Hardyman, Goodreads)
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Broken People, by Scott Hildreth – NA Fiction Novel (29) 5 Star reviews

Posted in ALCOHOLISM, Broken People, Broken People amazon, Broken People Scott Hildreth, BULIMIA, CODEPENDENCY, coming of age, coming of age novel, depression, divorce, eating disorders, NA fiction, Scott D Hildreth Broken People, YA novel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2013 by scottdhildreth

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Broken People, by Scott Hildreth has (29) five star reviews. (5) on Goodreads, and (24) on Amazon. The book, through colorfully painted characters, tells a story of growing up, growing old, having children, being a parent, being a high school kid, being in college, being codependent, being in an abusive relationship, being in a healthy relationship, being in an interracial relationship, loving parents, and parents that don’t even know that their kids exist. The characters range from a homosexual son of a former Marine, to a suicidal bulimic girl.

The book will have you laugh out-loud, cry so hard that you let out years of emotion, and stand cheering for the female heroine in the book.

The reason that, in three weeks, this book has created the stir that it has is simple, there has never been a book so real, so raw, and so in your face as this one. It is the 50 Shades of Grey of NA Fiction.

Get this book today. Read it. And live a life after doing so that will be far more rewarding. If you’re reading another book, you’re simply wasting time living.

Scott Hildreth, author Broken People

20 Year EMS Medic praises Broken People in book review on Amazon

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As a person who lost my 16 year old daughter, an EMS medic for over 20 years and have seen the tragedies that happen to children (including suicide even ran calls on 5 friends who decided to cash in their chips), taught K-12 and actually took the time to listen to the kids and now teach at a college level.

  I think this book should be a must read for parents of kids 12 and older who are truly blind or indifferent in today’s society to what is going on with their kids.  It would also benefit the teens out there who also think everything is OK…  The key is communication and not through email, txt messaging and fancy gadgets, I’m talking face to face!!!
We are all broken people in some way or another, some worse than others and they all have a story.  If people would just take time to really listen, even if it is just finding that one person like FAT KID, but someone to listen!!!!!
Read the Book & Open Your Eyes (Ears) 🙂
(Review by HUGZ on Amazon.com)

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First, and foremost, HUGZ, I am sorry for your pain, your losses, and the loss of your daughter. I am proud and grateful that this book, if even for a few hours, was able to provide you with some comfort. Possibly this book will prevent others from feeling the pain that you have felt.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly why I wrote this book. I wanted to write something carefully, thoughtfully, and real. Something that all could relate to that was raw…Something that made teens, young adults, new adults, and parents just stop. Stop and actually feel, feel what was going on in the book. Feel through the colorfully depicted characters what was going on as if it were going on in their living room, in their school, in their frozen yogurt shop. I wanted them to stop half-way through the book, and look around the room, wondering where the kids were. Wondering what they were doing. What they have been doing. To rekindle the love that has been lost over the years between children and their parents.

The reviews for this book, to date, speak volumes about what the combined pages offer. What this book offers is real, it’s in your face, and it’s a slap of the hand that has raised a generation of children that just don’t quite get the attention and love that they oh-so-deserve.

This book provides the emotional rush of witnessing a bank robbery, watching someone give birth, seeing a fatal car crash, and having an out of body spiritual experience…all rolled into one book.

It’s truly something you must experience. The reviews are accurate. The reviews are real. Try it for yourself. If it can provide you with what it has provided others, you’re reading the wrong book…if it isn’t Broken People.

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Broken People author Scott Hildreth interviewed by ebook Review Gal

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Scott Hildreth, author of Broken People, was interviewed by ebook Review Gal on her website. Please take time to review this interview, and see what this authors likes/dislikes are, and what his thoughts are regarding his new novel. Additionally, there are links from her site to buy the book, and to some of the newest 5 star reviews on the website goodreads.

 

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Broken People, by Scott Hildreth – Novel with (29) 5 Star reviews

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The reviews continue to pour in, 5 star reviews. Yesterday, and award winning author added to the list. His review? One of only two in his career that he awarded the highest review to, Broken People, by Scott Hildreth.

Read the newest reviews on Amazon, and then ask yourself, if this book truly has the capacity to open your mind, and change the way you view life, why aren’t you making it your next read???

Broken People received three more 5 star reviews on Amazon today. The people reviewing this book continue to repeat the same type(s) of things….”this book changed my life….changes my viewpoints..”

  • I will have to say, it has been too long since I have read something and it had enough substance to keep me coming back to read more. It not only made me re-evaluate my life but it made me look at people in a whole new perspective. In addition I look at where my life is now in a whole new perspective. It seemed daunting, but now, it doesn’t seem really that bad. But this is probably my kick-start on my life. I just cannot express how moved I am. I have so many spoilers to speak of it is unbearable. This book was uplifting, encouraging and helped me have a better understanding of who I am and what I really can do with my life and for my daughter. I could already feel myself appreciating who I have in my life as I was reading this book.
    I would love to say more but if I do I may ruin it for you. Now go give your life a kick-start and read this.

    Thank you Scott for the most eye opening read I have yet to come across. (Thetasteofink260, on Amazon)
  • This book is a must read! Broken People is the most thought provoking book I have ever read. It has opened my eyes to a new perspective on life. It covers many important subjects that everyone faces in their lives. I will be passing this book on to many of my friends and family! Thank you Scott!!!  (Andrea on Amazon)
  • 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 toyed with my emotions, my thinking, and honestly made my heart hurt a bit.
    5 people….5 broken people…..5 beautifully broken stories…Infinite messages….Many many emotions.  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.
    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….
    Hildreth introduces us to “The Fat Kid”……He pads himself, uses vulgar language, acts like a snarky jerk 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.
    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. Without a doubt….this will be a life changing book for many.
    Additional review can be found on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/665877004
      (HeatherS on Amazon)

Broken People is, simply stated, that ONE book that has the capacity to change the way you view life. If you are going to read a book, make the next one you read Broken People, by Scott Hildreth. It delivers.

 

 

Review : Broken People, by Scott Hildreth receives highest praise from famous author

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Broken People, by Scott Hildreth received Bhavya Kaushik’s highest review, 5 stars. To date, he has placed this high of a review on one book. Only one, until today. Broken People brought him to his knees. and at his own admittance, made him cry several times, and then built him back up.

A quote from his review:

The author is a brilliant storyteller, a wordsmith, and the way with which he has interwoven these people together is absolutely above my comprehension. I was able to relate with almost each and every character, but it was one specific character which reflected me entirely and I cried while reading all of its narration.

It is written with utmost thoughtfulness and will leave a deep impression on your mind after a read, because of its depth. It has some hauntingly beautiful descriptions and metaphors, and is filled with breathtaking quotes. There are numerous quotes in this book which broke my heart and created a space for them inside of my soul, but this one quote stood out for me from the entire text –

“I wondered what was behind the suicide. There is always a reason, something, an event that takes them over the edge, making the pain unbearable. Sometimes it may be a combination of items that the person just can’t comprehend living with, but it’s always one thing that takes them over the edge. It’s not that they actually want to die. Generally, they just want the pain to stop.”

Get your copy today, at amazon for $3.99. As Bhavya states, this book will change your life.

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Quotes from Broken People, by Scott Hildreth (Free Kindle edition Saturday the 13th July)

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Last weekend, 1,000 people downloaded this remarkable book.

In ten days, Broken People has received (22) five star reviews. (2) on Goodreads, and (20) on Amazon. This book delivers. Normally, $3.99 on Amazon. Saturday the 13th, it’s free.

New Adult fiction like no other. If there was a book that you knew, literally knew…going into reading it, that it would make you cry, make you think, laugh out loud, and make you reflect on yourself as a whole, would you read it? If this book had the power of any other book that you have ever read. Any. If the book was grand enough to make you sit back and say, “Wow. I think I need to read that again…” and you immediately started over, would you read it?

Broken People, by Scott Hildreth is that book. You will, without a doubt see yourself in this book, you will. It is an amazing piece, and has an amazing story to tell.

Read this book. You will not be anything but amazed.

 

From the chapter, Love that just is

Time passed. Britney filled my thoughts. Time, with her, passed at a pace much different than without her. We had been together for two months. When she was away, moments seemed like hours. Hours seemed like days, and days were like months. Together, a two hour evening easily passed in moments. I had not told her that I loved her. I had, through my actions, given every indication of my feelings for her. She had my love. I waited to see what she would do with it.

My mother’s love for my father began to make sense. Love that just was. “There’s love that’s developed,” she had told me. “And there’s love that just is.”
“Please explain,” I asked.
“Well, Marc, I believe that love can be developed. Two people meet. He thinks she is cute. She feels the same way. He asks her out on a date. She accepts. They go on a date, and nothing goes wrong. Because nothing goes wrong, when he asks again, she agrees. They go on a second date. And nothing goes wrong. And then, they go on a third date. And because nothing went wrong, they are now dating. Exclusive. Committed. And, time passes. And, to keep her convinced that he cares for her, and because his family encourages him, he buys her a ring. They are now engaged. And time passes. And they get married in June. Because that’s what everyone does. And then, because it’s what married people do, they have children. And now, they are a family. Because two people met, went on a date, and nothing went wrong.  That, Marc, is love that is developed.”
Then, she continued, “Then, there is love that just is. The love that can’t always be explained. The love that, according to those that have it, can’t ever be anything but what it is. Endless. Instead of sitting home and imagining the next ‘girls night out’, you sit at home and anxiously wait for him coming home from work. Because you can’t fathom spending an evening without him. That person doesn’t give you reason to live.
That person is your life. Love that just is.”
“And Marc, when they’re gone, like your father, nothing on or of this earth can ever replace them. Ever. You choke. You try to breathe. You suffer. And time passes. It’s difficult. They provide you with your breath, your heart resides in their chest, and theirs resides in you. They are your heartbeat. And, because your heart dies with them, and you remain, you suffer a life of loving yourself. With a heart inside of you that belongs to someone else, and is incapable of loving others. Because that heart, Marc, loves only you.” – Scott Hildreth, Broken People