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By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Suspenseful medical drama about girl yearning to fit in.

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In Broken, author CJ Lyons effectively uses the backdrop of a serious medical condition to highlight common teen issues. Fitting in and being perceived as "normal," wanting to become independent, needing supportive friends, standing up for yourself, and wondering if you'll ever find true love -- all of these are explored.

The suspense builds nicely to an exciting finish, but a lot of the dialogue between the high school kids doesn't ring true. Scarlet's inconsistent, contradictory observations may be realistic for a 15-year-old, but the flat narration and romance-novel dialogue detract from the character's credibility. Young readers may not notice, though, and shouldn't have a problem identifying with and rooting for Scarlet as she strives for a normal life.

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