It was clear that he believed his parents were incompetent, which set off Jesse's allergies constantly. As Jonah moves deeper and deeper into pain and breaking, the question is who is worrying enough about Jonah to help him. Break was full of fantastically portrayed three dimensional characters and an insane central idea. Moskowitz is an extremely talented writer! There are strong realtionships between the characters. The narrator, the oldest son, Jonah, feels responsible for protecting his younger, highly allergic, brother from all of the environmental and food elements that can kill him. It packs a punch and suits this novel and her character so very well. I feel fine, I tell Nurse.
Because a person's life isn't isolated. I love this author but this wasn't my favorite of hers. Another thing I liked was the relationship between Noah and his brother. In the end, the novel starts to unravel losing its believability in action that never quite reaches a climax worthy of the previous writing. And then when the book is all said and done it hits something so deep that it makes you wonder if it's an issue that really happening. It felt like you knew the characters. I commend Moskowitz for writing this book and getting published while still in High School.
And you really think your doing all you can. I lean against the grody wall of the Laundromat. Told from the perspective of Jonah McNab, a story about caring for others while trying to find your purpose in life. But Jonah breaks bones--his own. Jesse is gathering the ingredients for a shake. Worrying about the perfect prom dress or if you were even going to make it to prom? I felt like I was reading about the kids I would have thought were shallow when I was in high school, not me. Luckily Jonah has a few people in his life who really care about him and confront him on his destructive habits.
The sound is like a mallet against a crab. I also thought I've been reading so much paranormal stuff right now, a more realistic fiction book might be a nice change. Jonah is on a mission to break every bone in his body. It's not because of his parents, who can barely handle their own affairs, let along anyone else's. You just can't believe your reading the stuff this kid is doing, hell, what he's even thinking.
It was hard to read another book right after because everything else felt slow in comparison. And then there's the fact that Jonah broke out of this place, and I don't understand how they wouldn't be looking for him or wanting to send him back in. This first example of her talents promises a long career of smart, excoriated fiction that sucks the reader in and holds them by the throat for the duration of the story. Their relationship was complex and convincing. I like finding different stories and this was just that. It frightens me to think that if by some chance I had not received an arc of Invincible Summer, I would've never discovered Hannah's awesomeness! This is a thought provoking book. He works out and plays sports to try and make himself stronger, but he still has really serious reactions fairly often.
Jonah wants to be stronger--needs to be stronger--because everything around him is falling apart. You are completely in his head, and while the leaps in logic seem crazy to the outside world, when you're Jonah, it all ties together. The worse you're hurt, the stronger you get. I say, How you feeling? I'm a seventeen-year-old writing girl who doesn't swear and is absolutely too terrified to get in any likely-bone-breaking situations. Her style, by the way, is superb. He works, has a girlfriend-not-girlfriend and has a best friend who encourages his bone-breaking behaviour. I so cared for these characters! I mean the poor guy can basically only drink these special blended drinks and he needs a lifetime supply of Benedryl.
Less convincing were the parents. Break is a very emotional story about how the stresses of everyday life can push people nearly to their breaking point. It was disqualified for violence. My youngest had colic and she wasn't that bad. Since this book is set in America, Jonah's really accomplishing nothing but putting his parents in medical debt by voluntarily breaking his bones like this.
Regular trips to the emergency room kind of allergic. Everyone knows that broken bones grow back stronger than they were before. I suck on a bloody finger and click off my helmet. I'm a seventeen-year-old writing girl who doesn't swear and is absolutely too terrified to get in any likely-bone-breaking situations. My right wrist dangles off to the side like the limb of a broken marionette.
Moskowitz nearly perfectly captures the psychological and emotional struggles that many teens face in this powerful and ultimately hopeful novel. She lives in Maryland with several cats, none of whom are violent. I also had some issues towards the end of the book. The plotting was a bit off, some things probably needed to be dwelled on a bit longer. Three words: intense, fast-paced, awesome! I know that self-torture is out there, scary but true but to take it this far? His relationship with his brother, Jesse, is heartfelt and strong. Jonah's voice stays present through the whole book and doesn't lose much steam in the middle, the way many first-person novels do. Colors explode in the back of my head.
Falling, slipping, crashing--each time more violent then the last, each break bringing him one step closer to being 'healed'. The second feeling is pain. Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. The characters' conflicts and motivations, the dynamics between them, their situations: everything is realistic and gritty. Things went nuts and then things just ended.