Cracked by K M Walton – book cover, description, publication history. Bullying gets a thorough examination in Walton’s YA debut, a stark, but often heavy-handed story that alternates between the perspectives of. I have had Cracked by KM Walton in my TBR pile for an obnoxious amount of time, at least two years which is totally unreasonable as it is so.

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Feb 14, Nicole rated it did not like it. It helps me to put the people around me into perspective, so I can better navigate those who hurt. I was hoping for a lot mo A solid read with two authentic and hurting male voices.

Cracked by KM Walton | Book Review

But I did understand from their perspectives that life was better as they left the ward, than as they entered it. They never show him any love. At the same time, he’s reminded constantly that his parents never wanted him and is repeatedly belittled by their selfishness and egos. It does give a very clear picture of what can happen to individuals when they are the pushed to the extreme of being the target of bullies, whether they be adult or peers.

As such, certain aspects of the plot feel a bit rushed and simplistic when compared to the subject matter they are tied to. I cannot rave enough about this novel.

Not everyone has a long-lost k.m.waltno ready to step in a fight for them. The book became a lot more romance based as the story went on, and while this isn’t a bad thing it seemed to come out of nowhere, and all of a sudden the romance was becoming a lot bigger.

Cracked by KM Walton | Book Review | Good Books & Good Wine

The only reason I actually read it cdacked the way through was to write this review…. Crcaked helps you keep track of books you want to read. When the boys wake up from their hospital treatment, they find themselves in the same room.


Want to see more bookish things from me? Both boys plans go astray and both end up in the suicidal psych ward at the hospital……where surprise, surprise they end up sharing a room. The first year I taught I can remember coming home and asking my dad The alternating perspectives work here, and Walton offers up two distinct characters.

Which means things are going to get worse—much worse—before they get better. Refresh and try again. Instead of getting to see the main characters confront each other and their individual problems, we saw their lives being fixed by romance and the sudden appearance of supportive people, which, to me, made Cracked cliched, melodramatic, and unrealistic. It was very moving, quite sad actually. Enter your email address to subscribe to Good Books And Good Wine and receive notifications of new posts by email.

There, I said it, I have outed myself — contemporary YA is my favorite genre and I love contemp books. I am disappointed and shocked and disgusted.

Cracked opens up with Victor Konig wishing death on Bull Mastrick. Then there is the second boy. Victor is a loner and Bull bullies him. Gone is the era where patients had the “luxury” of thirty days or more to stabilize before integrating back into their families. I love the idea for Cracked. Most of the situations in the hospital felt out of place. Bull lets out his aggression and Victor lets him.

All of this, along with his award-winning parents who regularly remind him that he was an unwanted child, cause him to seek out a way to feel better about himself. Bull is from a very poor home where alcoholism and abuse is a routine. How things are not always as they seem and while it’s easy to sit back and judge we really dont know what goes on in other peoples lives. Tired of feeling miserable, Victor takes a bottle of his mother’s sleeping pills—only to wake up in the hospital.

I was super invested in the story. And as we are sho Loved this author’s writing style as well as story line. Being hospitalized forces these two boys to confront their problems…and each other.


It really emphasized the point that even though these two boys came from very different places and situations, they both had plenty of reasons to be unhappy and hurting. He is an outcast with no friends.

Victor’s nana moves in with him to stand up for him, he starts a relationship with Patty and is happy; Bull gets to live with Frank the cemetary guy and his grandfather dies and everything is perfect. I can’t put the book down!

Well let me tell you, you could not be more wrong. What irks me about this is that these hospitals are extremely strict on the whole forming-relationships-while-you’re-hospitalized thing. His parents treat him like furniture, basically, and care more about their own image than they do him.

Cracked by K.M. Walton

Through the people that they meet, the boys discover who they truly are and what’s k.j.walton living for. Of course they both find a girl at the ward to befriend, and of course it’s a great idea not to care about therapy or working on yourself when you can fall in love with someone crac,ed met 24 hours ago instead. Can anyone offer me some feedback on how appropriate this book would be?

Victor tries suicide and Bull tries to defend himself from his grandfather with a gun but ends with getting himself shot. Lady Thief by A. They have a long history — Bull has been the schoolyard bully since kindergarten and Victor is a perpetual victim. Because of this, Crackee continues being a bully because, well, it helps him feel like he has some sort of power and control in his life.

This reminded me a little bit of Amy Reed’s Clean and Crazy, for both the institutional setting and the working-toward-recovery aspects.