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Boy Shattered

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  664 Ratings  ·  165 Reviews
You’ll make it out of here, Brian. I swear.
I had everything—school quarterback, popular with girls, and my dad was proud of me. I told myself it didn’t matter no one knew the real me. And then I nearly died. Landon saved my life. He’s the bravest guy I know. He came out a few years ago, proud and fierce, and he ran into gunfire to help others. Me, I’m a mess. Can’t
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 317 pages
Published October 16th 2018
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☆ Todd
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it

Wow, this book covered a lot of ground and, at times, was not an easy read, but I'm still extremely glad that I read it.

Mass shootings
are all too common these days, but we only ever really hear about the death toll and a few details as to the shooter's suspected motivations.

This book went deeper than that. Much, much deeper, mainly concentrating on the aftermath for the shell-shocked survivors.

In this story, Brian was a popular junior and quarterback of the football team. He was also secretly g
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I wasn't sure that I wanted to read Boy Shattered, and, to be honest, it was a tough read all the way through. I picked a bad day to start it, a day when I already felt bleak, and it did not make my mood any better. However, I think Eli Easton wrote an important book, and a really moving love story.

I'm going to start off with things you should know before attempting this book.

If you've read the blurb at all, you'll know at least some of these things. It's important to know that the story is pai
Eli Easton
Aug 22, 2018 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)
This book is a Young Adult, Romantic Suspense story with m-m leads.
It's definitely one of my angstier books, but there's plenty of love, light, and hope in the book too.
This is an entirely fictional account set at a fictional high school, but I was inspired by Parkland and the amazing Parkland students who have risen up to protest gun violence. I hope I did the subject justice.
5 Stars

I’ve always been a huge fan of Eli Easton’s stories, but I honestly feel like Boy Shattered is her strongest work to date, both in terms of content and delivery. This would have been a damn difficult story to write, on countless levels - hell, it was a difficult story to read - so I can’t even begin to imagine what Easton went through professionally and emotionally to write such a book, but she has my utmost respect and praise for the final result.

Obviously, a story centred on a school sh
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it

A thought provoking read,a YA love story born from a tragic event.

Coming from the UK where the last school shooting was back in 1996 after which the ownership of handguns was banned I found this a difficult read.Due to the subject matter the book was always going to have a sombre feel to it but out of all the darkness there was a quite beautiful story of two young men who,in a different life might never have got together.

From the blurb the reader is well aware of what is going to happen and t
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Wow, I am truly impressed by this story.

It wasn’t necessarily an entertaining romance, as it deals with a high school shooting and is highly political which is unusual for a m/m story.

I too agree with the characters about the gun laws in the US being ridiculous. So many things are to blame when it comes to finding a reason behind such a terrible act of violence, but giving the general public access to weapons is certainly a key factor in enabling such incidents again and again. I wonder when the
Kaje Harper
Oct 07, 2018 added it
Shelves: intense, m-m, ya
Two gay boys eyeing each other with secret interest across the divide of high school hierarchies and the closet. Until horrific violence shatters their lives, leaving them both adrift. In the aftermath, they find that the best thing they have to cling to, is each other.

The topic of school shootings is a really tough one to do justice to-- to give it the serious intensity it deserves without descending into angst that could feel exploitative. I think Eli Easton did a very good job of making this
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, mm-romance
3.5 Stars

I’m not really into YA stories but I wanted to try this one because of the blurb! I didn’t expect so much romance but I expected more tension between MCs and I wanted it to be more angsty (it was more like a cute story despite its subject matter). So it wasn’t that spicey for me and it dragged a bit BUT I loved the last 30-35%! It had all the things that I needed (angst and romance)! My other issue was with Brain’s parents! They were unbelievable!! Told in dual POV, 1st person. It’s a s
BWT (Belen)
Absolutely wonderful.

A thoughtful and beautiful portrayal of surviving a tragedy and falling in love.
We never see the train wreck coming. Is that a blessing or a curse?

The topic, a school shooting and its aftermath, is gripping and the way Easton approaches it felt fresh.

Great POV, a terrific cast of characters, with a fast pace, Boy Shattered sucked me in and wouldn't let me go until I'd turned the last page. ❤


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Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*What is wrong with me?*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

When Brian ‘Bri’ Marshall (17) was dying, Landon ‘Lanny’ Hughes (17? 18? A senior) saved his life. This changed it all. It was a complete wake up call. Brian feel like a coward, Landon feel like he needs to do more and together they can breathe. Overall, though the book was heartbreaking and sad - because unfortunately, this had happened in real life - it wasn't for me. It's so hard for me to relate, even though it's written very well, so in the long run, t
Eli Easton's "Boy Shattered" is heartbreakingly tragic. It's one of those rare books where you don't just read it, you experience it and at times it's a difficult read, but as Brian ponders:
It was good that there were people in the world like Landon. It was a tiny defense against the horror that people were capable of. But maybe ... maybe that tiny bit was enough. A light in the darkness.
Easton does an exceptional job of showing us every nuance of survivor's guilt / PTSD - call it what you wil
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
No matter you who you are this book will hit you. I felt especially moved because I have a daughter in this age group. Right before school started, I asked how she was feeling about the upcoming school starting, and she said "nervous." I responded that it was natural to be nervous- new school, new year and all that. She responded, "Not that, mom. I'm scared someone will try something crazy because it's the first day." That broke my heart. Our children shouldn't have to worry about being killed a ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, just...wow!

School shootings, while depressingly common, haven't been told so intimately to those of us not involved or those of us who don't know anyone who has been through a school shooting. But the way this book describes a fictional school shooting and the emotions behind it is heartbreakingly realistic.

You meet Brian. A typical football player who is trying to fit in with one large secret, he's gay. No one knows and he needs to keep it that way for another two years because he can't l
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, hurt-comfort, gbr, lgbtq
This book deals with quite a heavy subject. And while it was not all doom and gloom, this book did make me sad.

School shootings have always been this unreal thing for me, since our country doesn’t know school shootings. But here it felt so close, so real. I could totally picture the fear, the desperate need to hide, to get away. All while your friends are being killed, and there’s nothing you can do. It really is something out of nightmares.

Brian is the school’s quarterback and is quite the popu
Sanaa  ☆ Sanaa's Book Blog ☆
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc, m-m
4.25 stars.

This was not the easiest book to read and the beginning just hits you in the gut with all those emotions that you don't know what to do with them. Boy Shattered was a story of tragedy, survival and finding love.

It deals with heavy topics that do need to be addressed. And it honestly breaks my heart that there's stuff like this happening all over the world. I just wanted to wrap everyone in a hug and never let them leave.

Although it was a sad book, there was also hope and love. Yo
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This story has a dark and disturbing subject matter but a very positive and upbeat ending which I really liked. 4.5 stars rounded up. I think the entire thing was handled very sensitively by Eli and as she says, she didn't make any political statements...although they are obviously implied by the very nature of the story.

*I* however will...I'm not American, and I think most sensible Americans are aware that a vast number of countries around the world strongly disagree with and are horrified by
Barb ~rede-2-read~
This is the story of how Brian survived a mass shooting at his high school and how Landon, the boy who stopped to help him, became an activist, his friend, and ultimately his lover.

There aren’t words to describe how incredibly emotional, meaningful, heartbreaking, and heartwarming this story is. Only Eli Easton could wring tears from a turnip. Honestly. Those who know me know I occasionally cry, i.e., a few tears appear on my lashes. Let’s just say when Brian’s poem “18 Chairs” is read at the e
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'm not usually an Eli Easton fan: angsty is not my thing; cutesy is not my thing; combination is certainly not my thing.
But I thought this was a brave subject so I'd give it a go.
5% in and I'm already considering DNFing.
First there was THIS: "Jake tried to get the, but I hung onto it with fingers like iron claws, so Jake picked me up over his shoulder, and ran over the goal line with me, screaming like a warrior." Okay we know it's a ball but a modicum of editing would have shown the noun was m
Lost in a Book
3.25 Stars

Note: My rating has nothing to do with the quality of the writing. It has a lot to do with personal preferences and an immense dislike for politics. If I had access to the foreword prior to requesting the ARC I would have known that politics plays a huge role in not only the main crisis, but also in the lives of one of the MCs. Politics make me ragey and I get enough of it in RL that I can't fully enjoy my escape with books when it's there too.

RTC on blog and then here later.

Copy provi
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't often read YA. But I do often read Eli Easton, so I decided to give this one a try. Good decision!

In this story, Eli deftly tackles difficult and sensitive issues. I didn't find the overall tone overly angsty--although I do have a very high tolerance for angst, and those who have less of a taste for it might find the book a little bit hard going. Still, it's definitely never maudlin, and the sweet romance between Landon and Brian provides a nice balance for the difficult situations they
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it

3.5 Stars

“Where once I stood, uncertain but whole, are now a million slivers of glass, too small to reflect the light.”

Boy Shattered by Eli Easton is a powerful story about a high school shooting. Unfortunately, an all too familiar story in our world today. As much as I loved meeting and spending time with Brian and Landon, I have to admit that I was not ready for a mass shooting mystery genre. The identity of the shooters was unknown for most of the book and one of the main characters was focus
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
5 +++ Stars

The blurb for this book sounded amazing, but I wasn’t sure if I could get through it with the subject matter. Once I worked up the nerve to open the book and start reading, I was drawn in and hooked from the first paragraph and I couldn’t make myself put it down. This story was absolutely riveting.

Landon and Brian are high school students. They know of one another and unbeknownst to the other, especially since Brian is closeted, they both admire the other from afar. Brian admires and
Sali Mes
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book.
It is not a easy read. It's heartbreaking, sad and then hopeful.
Both guys are great and great together.
The ending is a bit too fast and easy for me.
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This was really good. Everything that Landon and Brian went through during the shooting and in the aftermath felt honest and real and their romance was slowly developing and very tender and beautiful. Definitely not an easy read though, but worth it. Although I really liked it, I think I would have liked it even more without the suspense plot. (view spoiler)
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
I wasn't sure if I was going to read this one right away. Was I really ready to read something so painful and so heavy?

But it's Eli Easton, whom I adore, so I took a leap and opened this book. And I'm so glad I did.

This book wasn't nearly as painful/angsty as I was expecting. Of course the pain from living through such an incident is there--but I thought Easton did a good job being true to the story while also shielding us, her readers, from the untold horrors she *could* have told us about.

Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
This story really hit me hard because I have children and every day I pray that nothing happens to them. My daughters school even has a metal detector to make sure the kids don't bring things in the school they are not supposed to. I think that kids now a days have easy access to guns and ammo.

In this story there is a school shooting and Brian gets hurt by the shooters and Landon comes to his rescue. Brian is the popular kid and Landon is the smart out of the closet gay student. Brian looks up
4.5 stars

Wow, this was so good. I knew going into this that it would be hard to read, and it was, especially because this is SUCH a hot topic in this country and such a horrible thing that keeps happening over and over and over again. This book including real school shootings like the Parkland and Sandy Hook shootings just made it all the more real, even though the school in this is fictional and this particular shooting is fictional.

One of the best things this book did was the shooting and the
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books
4.5 Stars

**I’m going to try and leave this spoiler free… But please read the review with caution**

This book was really hard to read at times, with what is going on in the world today, and personally coming from a high school that had a shooting years ago, before it was the new and very unfortunate, horrible “norm”. It hits really close to home. It had me biting my fingernails trying not to cry and totally losing it, my emotions were all over the place. I’m glad I took the time to read it, but I
*4.5 stars*

This was hard to read. "The aftermath of a school-mass-shooting".

It boggles my mind this gun-possession-right. It seems so simple. Guns have no place at schools. Period. But yet the problem is so complicated.
I have had fire drills in my school days. But I can't imagine what it's like to have to be drilled how to survive in a school-shooting...

"Avoid, deny, defend"

What these kids witnessed and gone through. Brian was truly shattered by his experience.
After Landon saved Brian's life, he
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