A Novel

Book - 2008
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"Novel traces the story of Skunk Cunningham, an 11-year-old girl living with her father, brother and au pair. One day, Skunk watches as local thug Bob Oswald beats teenager Rick Buckley. Bob, whose five daughters go to school with Skunk, is one-dimensionally horrible and has no qualms about bullying kids or teachers as he protects his daughters. Skunk and crew, meanwhile, spend their days in school steering clear of the Oswald girls, who are as psycho as their father. Between bouts of violence, things in the British suburb are quiet, and Rick becomes a virtual prisoner in his home, only to later emerge as a "broken" and violent beast."--Publisher's Weekly.
Publisher: Toronto : Emblem/McClelland & Stewart, c2008.
ISBN: 9780771022845
Characteristics: 305 p. ; 22 cm.


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dollfacecrafter Oct 29, 2013

this book was a fantastic read, though I wouldn't categorize it as "Yound Adult" it was very adult with very adult themes. it was funny and horrendous at the same time. hard to put it down.

portmanteau Aug 09, 2012

It takes a minute to get used to the narrative style of Broken. One moment, it's in the first person as we're made privy to the inner monologue of the comatose 11 year old Skunk Cunningham; we're then given a third-person tapestry of the voices, actions and thoughts of the residents of Hedge End, explaining how Skunk came to be that way. This story is cruel, and at times, downright brutal. Children are relentless tormentors, adults look the other way, with horrific consequences. Well written, terse narrative that is worth sticking with until the bittersweet end.

Mar 19, 2012

Loved it. Main character is delightful, subject matter is a bit grim, but well done. Obvious comparisons between this book and "To Kill a Mockingbird" but this isn't off-putting.

Apr 30, 2011

"Broken" is both funny and tragic. Loved every word of it.

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