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Laurie is a good girl - so everyone thinks. But seven months ago she did something that she can't undo and it's tearing her apart. Charlie used to be her best friend. He's done something he regrets too...and now someone has died. Two impulsive decisions. Two toxic secrets. Too many hearts broken. Partly inspired by a true story, this is a heart-wrenching novel about impulsLaurie is a good girl - so everyone thinks. But seven months ago she did something that she can't undo and it's tearing her apart. Charlie used to be her best friend. He's done something he regrets too...and now someone has died. Two impulsive decisions. Two toxic secrets. Too many hearts broken. Partly inspired by a true story, this is a heart-wrenching novel about impulsive mistakes, and their devastating consequences....

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Number of Pages : 578 Pages
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Cruel Heart Broken Reviews

  • Aditi
    2019-03-23 09:39

    “Lies require commitment.” ----Veronica RothEmma Haughton, an English author, pens a gripping and heart breaking story about a teenager in her new book, Cruel Heart Broken that centers around the life of a high school teenage girl whose life turns upside down when she acts out of line for the very first time in her life and how she is devastated and torn apart because of such incident that made her a murderer. Synopsis:Laurie is a good girl - so everyone thinks. But seven months ago she did something that she can't undo and it's tearing her apart.Charlie used to be her best friend. He's done something he regrets too...and now someone has died. Two impulsive decisions. Two toxic secrets. Too many hearts broken. Partly inspired by a true story, this is a heart-wrenching novel about impulsive mistakes, and their devastating consequences. Laurie is the perfect teenage daughter of her parents who will soon join an Ivy league medical school after graduation, irrespective of her few months old elder sister, Katy, who is reckless and a complete good-looking teenage drama queen. Laurie also has a younger brother who loves to annoy the hell out of his elder sisters. In fact Laurie's life is also perfect as she has two wonderful best friends, among whom Charlie is the chocolate boy. One night everything changes, her equation with her best friends forever changes, when Laurie attends the beach birthday party of her classmate, where she does something that she has to regret for the rest of her lives. And she can't undo it, not she can forget it.Few months later, Charlie accuses a teacher of thrashing him brutally, but why? According to Laurie, that teacher was one of the best they had in their school. Can Laurie find out the real reason behind Charlie's assault?The author has simply created magic with this story where she has instilled so many strong subjects, social stigmas, and layers that are highly unpredictable and complex thus making the story an utterly absorbing read. The story is arresting from the very first page itself as the author strikingly captures the voice of a fifteen-sixteen year old girl's voice and her flaws aptly into the story line. The readers will be easily transported to the neighborhood where Laurie lived with her parents and her siblings and will visualize the scenes unfolding right before their own eyes. The book's cover image may tell a different story, but what is inside the book is really something powerful and absolutely thought-provoking. The author's writing style is emphatic, and well-structured with so many distinct layers and with the onset of the story, the author begins to peel away one layer after another thus providing a clear vision and depth of her story. The writing style is quite honest and something easy to connect with as she laces it with emotions which can be high or low. The pacing of the story is moderate and with the progress of the story, the readers will be easily glued to the pages of this book till the very end.The characters are the best aspect of this book, although there are not many characters in the story. The main character, Laurie is a brave, calm and young teenager who is a fighter and knows how to solve her problems by her own. All through out the story, Laurie will have that psychological grip on the minds of the readers. Her grief and her journey, especially the challenges she face despite her already broken heart will make the readers root for her till the very end. Moreover, the way she has been depicted with so much realism, the readers will find it easy to relate to her problems as well as her story. The rest of the supporting characters, like Charlie and his mother are very much well-developed and their authentic demeanor will keep the readers focused into the story line. In a nutshell, this is a must read story for each and every teenager which is loosely based on a real life incident between a student and a teacher and how a lie destroyed the life of a reputed man. I found myself drowning into the depths of this compelling and riveting story while I was reading this book one lonely afternoon. Verdict:This is the kind of story which will not only move you, but will also change your opinion about certain social issues. Courtesy:Thanks to the author, Emma Haughton's publicist for giving me an opportunity to read and review this book.

  • Liz Barnsley
    2019-04-05 10:49

    Before I could add this to currently reading I'd read it. One sitting. This afternoon. Really great emotional stuff. Full review to follow.

  • Jasmine (Jasmine Pearl Reads)
    2019-03-30 16:44

    *I would like to thank Usborne for sending me a paperback copy of this book.This doesn't affect nor influence my review.* When I started reading this book, I already had a few guesses about what might be the secrets of Laurie and Charlie.The secret of Laurie? I got it right. Not really a minus point for me because I wanted to read something about that secret of hers. It was something that will make you think CAREFULLY.Charlie's secret? It was more than what I expected it to be. I thought he was just being a baby because he was acting weird and selfish. I got my answers though.This book was divided into 2 parts. The "NOW" part and the "THEN" part. Obviously, I knew what was happening now and what was happening then. Questions will be raised, but answers will be given before the end of the book.This book was relatable at some points. This may have happened to some people already. We don't have the right to judge their decisions because there's always a story behind everything. Emma Haughton's writing style was fantastic. Everyone can easily dive into this book. I SIMPLY LOVED IT.

  • Erika (The Nocturnal Fey)
    2019-04-07 13:48

    (I received a copy from Usborne YA in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book. Thank you Usborne!)You can also read this review at The Nocturnal FeyFinal rating: 4.5/5First of all, I'd like to tell you how much this book made me want to eat it because of the cover. lol. BUT the cover may seems so sweet, yes? --- But isn't the title a little too depressing already?It's my first Emma Haughton novel and wow, I loved this book! I'm now signing her up on my auto-reads.The prologue immediately raised questions and made me think of things like "what happened?", "what did Laurie do?", "this is very intriguing" and stuff. Cruel Heart Broken has a shifting sequence of storytelling: the past and the present. So, it will make you wonder about things. Cool stuff!This book addressed several issues that are commonly faced by the current generation. Laurie did an act that she believed made her a murderer. At a very young age of 15, she had to face circumstances on her own, that weren't normally faced by normal teenage girls.Emma Haughton's writing style was gripping. It surely did grip my deepest interest. I read this in one sitting --- I started evening and I couldn't put it down until I realized that it's already midnight (kinda slow reader I am lol). A fast read that you might think of lightly at first, but actually very delicate in substance given the focus of the story.While drawing conclusions, I held several debate sessions in my mind based on the decisions of the characters. Very conflicting, because the issues were sensitive. I know that many will be able to relate to this novel.The ending was slightly unexpected. Well, it was a good finish nevertheless, and I totally recommend this, especially to youth in their coming of age. Once you start this book, you won't be able to put it down.

  • Ruzaika Deen
    2019-04-17 16:42

    You'd think, wouldn't you, that a heart could only break once? If only that were true.This was a gripping, emotional read and deals with some very important subjects like depression, teen pregnancy, abortion and suicide. It also shows us how something like a false accusation can end up in suicide, and quite honestly, this was one of the very few books I've read recently that made me feel 100% emotionally invested. The characterization and writing were top-notch, but I do wish we could have learnt a bit more about what happened towards the end, but I loved the way the story turned out anyway. Great stuff!

  • Margarita Morris
    2019-03-22 14:42

    Cruel Heart Broken is Emma Haughton’s third YA novel. I enjoyed her previous two books, Now You See Me and Better Left Buried, so I was keen to read this latest offering and I’m pleased to say I loved it.Cruel Heart Broken is a more introspective novel than her other books which are more overtly thrillers. In Now You See Me and Better Left Buried the female protagonists confront external threats and dangerous situations as well as relationship and family problems. In Cruel Heart Broken there is no external threat, as such, to Laurie and Charlie, but the situation they find themselves in is nevertheless very real and terrifying.The story is narrated in the first person by 16 year old Laurie Riley, known to her friends as Lee. Emma Haughton writes in a very clear, flowing style and skilfully alternates scenes in the present with scenes in the past to build suspense throughout the novel.It wasn’t too difficult to guess Laurie’s secret. The real interest in Laurie’s story comes from how she deals with the situation she finds herself in and how she handles her disintegrating relationship with Charlie. But Charlie also has secrets and has done something with devastating consequences. Emma Haughton handles all her characters, teenagers and adults, with real warmth and understanding.Although this book is undoubtedly marketed at a teenage girls, it would be a very good book for teenage boys to read as well.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-22 09:54

    Cruel Heart Broken has the kind of drama, mystery and emotion that keeps you reading, that is addictive because it makes you always want to know and uncover everything that has happened and that is going to happen. The structure of the novel worked well, with the narrative focusing on the present, and then looking at the past, and then back to the present. It meant that suspense was built because information was released slowly, and it showed how important the past was in this story and how much it influenced the characters.The book dealt well with some serious and difficult issues, and showed the effects that topics such as depression, suicide, pregnancy and abortion can have on individuals and society, and showed how the negative way in which these subjects are dealt with currently can be disastrous and affect people dangerously. I was glad that it ended, not exactly happily, but in a somewhat uplifting way, because that showed that there is a way to get through tough times, your problems can be solved and there is a chance for things to get better. It presents a good message of needing to be aware of yourself and your actions, as well as what is happening with the people around you.

  • Zainab Ishaq
    2019-03-22 12:44

    Thank you Usborne for sending me a review copy.Well this was my first book by Emma Haughton.I really liked the book. A four star read for me. The book was divided into two parts the NOW part and THEN part.Finished the book in a single sitting because i was just so curious to know what the secrets were of Laurie and Charlie. Felt a little bad for Nicole for what she did.It was a heartbreaking story, to be honest i wanted more. I really wanted to know what would have happened when Charlie confessed everything the next day, how would Tom and his family react.And so much more.In short, this was a good read. Emma you have done a wonderful job.Can't wait to read other two books by you !

  • I read novels
    2019-03-31 13:44

    You'd think a heart could only break once if only that were true. Fifteen year old Laurie Riley, lives in Hove. Her Mum a GP, her Dad retired from the police force. Laurie's sister Katy hates her,but why? Maya Patel is Laurie's one and only friend. Laurie is a murderer. It is a secret. Her secret. Never to be told. Charlie accused everyone's favourite biology teacher Mr Rochester of assaulting him. Mr Rochester kills himself. Laurie finds herself pregnant. Wow so much happens Cruel Heart Broken. Emma Haughton has this so right, teenagers arguing telling lies and getting into trouble. Cruel Heart Broken is partly inspired by a true story.

  • Pat
    2019-04-20 16:51

    Once you start reading, you can't really stop.I don't know how I feel about this book. It's mixed. Afterall, it is a nice read. The book tackles really important issues without getting too intense or too dramatic. It plays safe.

  • Eve Ainsworth
    2019-03-29 09:47

    Emma consistently delivers wonderfully pacey thrillers. Couldn't put this one down. Very real and emotional, with characters that you can believe in. Highly recommended.

  • Pamala
    2019-03-20 16:50

    I read this in one sitting. A very important book that tackles issues that seems to be still taboo in year 2017.The characters felt real. All their flaws, complexity and imperfection. You'd be rooting for each and one of them til the end. You'd feel for them and try to understand what they're going through. Haughton's writing style is light and easy to follow, it captures the plot and never strayed away from it. A good short read.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-04 16:44

    "You'd think, wouldn't you, that a heart could only break once? If only that were true.""One mistake. One moment where you make the wrong decision. And lives are lost, or wrecked for ever.""Most people seem happy enough, appear to be sailing through their lives, but it's just an illusion, isn't it? Deep down, they've all got their own problems, their own issues.""But life's not really like that, is it? Nowhere is always sunny -- but it doesn't rain all the time either."

  • Rachel
    2019-03-22 10:38

    Secrets and lies ruin relationships in this intoxicating thriller. It wasn’t what I was expecting but I was captivated from the start and really enjoyed it. I found myself second guessing the characters but always got it wrong!

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  • Frances
    2019-03-27 11:58

    Cross-posted from Nightjar's Jar of Books.Laurie, Charlie and Maya used to be best friends; they did everything together, and kept no secrets from each other. That’s changed recently though – Laurie has a big secret that she’s too ashamed to confess to, and it doesn’t help that Charlie’s inexplicably started dating her sister Katy. But Charlie’s newfound interest in Katy is only a small part of something much bigger that’s going on with him… and may somehow be tied to a sudden death in the local community.My favourite thing about this book was probably the relationships. I loved how much Laurie and Charlie clearly still cared about each other, despite their distance, and the cause of the strained relationship between Laurie and Katy made perfect sense when it was eventually revealed. And it’s pretty rare in YA fiction to find a main character with really great parents, but Laurie’s mum and dad were fantastic (especially when contrasted with Charlie’s very discomfiting relationship with his own mother, Nicole); in particular, there’s this amazing scene towards the end of the book where Laurie’s mum walks in on a conversation between her and Nicole – and I’m sure that anyone who’s read the book will have shared in my feeling of triumph at that moment.Also, Maya was a wonder: My brain wandered in the direction of Fiesta and Soulmates while I was reading this (the former because it was also a Library Scavenger Hunt pick, & the latter because the two are permanently linked in my brain by how much I hated them), and my main takeaway every time that happened was just how nice it was to be reading a contemporary novel featuring a best friend who actually behaves like a best friend! Maya obviously knows that Laurie is going through something awful and can’t bring herself to talk about it… and she responds by just being there for Laurie, and not pushing the issue.In terms of the plot, it was slow-building, but I liked it a lot more than I expected to (my expectations, for the record, were middling). The story dealt with several difficult topics in a way that was both interesting and respectful, and – particularly in the case of Laurie’s dilemma – managed to portray the characters’ inner conflicts excellently… and these conflicts, and the way they effected the characters’ relationships, were the main driving force of the book. The blurb on the back of the book suggested a lot more mystery than it actually delivered on (Laurie’s dark secret was revealed fairly early on, and Charlie’s could at least be partially figured out not much later, without too much sleuthing involved), but this actually worked in its favour, as far as I’m concerned, as it left a lot more room for the aforementioned (and excellent) character development.Overall, I’d describe Cruel Heart Broken as hard-hitting, but hopeful, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I’d probably recommend it to fans of Jandy Nelson’s writing, as well as anyone who liked We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King, or even Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson.

  • Desyerie Bonifacio
    2019-03-29 10:49

    The first few pages really ticked my curiosity that had me wanting to read it when I’m on my to work or home. The plot twists are unpredictable for me not until I spoiled myself and peeked at the very end of the book. *sucksFor the characters I think that was a usual type of character relationship. But the profession of Lee’s mother and father is awesome sauce the drawback was that they didn’t noticed anything. The pacing of the story is not fast nor too slow. It all unfolded in time. I often come to conclusions during different scenes and I never got a correct bit of it. That made me love it despite the common plot that Cruel Heart Broken was. One thing I loved about it is that although this is a common thing today, Emma showed us the other side of it. The side where we think we did the wrong thing while in the eyes of other people it was the good one.The mystery element was really there until the last page. I really wanted to know what happened next. It was like there’s no closure. But after pondering it for a couple of hours, I came to a conclusion that the ending it got was okay. It all ended well even though tension is still lingering at the atmosphere.In every book I read and review, I always include the values that i learned from it. I guess it is the way that I will always review. For me that was the purpose of every book written. To teach us something that we cannot experience personally in our everyday lives.Full review on my blog:

  • Kerry Kendall
    2019-03-21 13:41

    I was lucky enough to win this book in a giveaway, thank you to Usborne Publishing Ltd and Emma Haughton for my copy of Cruel Heart Broken.This book is set in Brighton, England and focuses on 3 childhood friends, Maya, Charlie and Laurie with the story being told from Laurie's perspective.This is a coming of age novel and Emma Haughton writes about teenage angst and secrets that eat people up with great aplomb. The book flits between events that happen in the then and now. The themes covered in this book include virginity, under age sex, suicide, adultery, depression, single motherhood and sibling rivalry to name a few. However an act committed by an adult has devastating consequences for a couple of the youngsters, leaving them both to separately grapple with their conscience.Please buy this book for any teenage girls curious about life or buy a copy for yourself and reminisce about your own youth, which you no doubt will do. I thought this book was very well written, a very engaging novel. I enjoyed the question and answer session with the author at the back of the book.

  • Maha A
    2019-03-22 14:34

    So I thought this was a thriller.. It wasn't lol. BUT! I actually enjoyed it, the writing style was very engaging and the story was pretty interesting. When you keep things hidden inside you for a very long time, they eventually start eating you up from the inside until nothing is left of your former self...You'd think, wouldn't you, that a heart could only break once? If only that were true.

  • Katie
    2019-04-15 11:54

    Really enjoyed this book it deals with a few sensitive subjects and the guilt that comes from those subjects. It talks a lot about how little things lead up to big moments and how you have to deal with the big things after. Very good book.

  • Louise Hanley
    2019-03-28 15:36

    I couldn't decide whether to rate this four or five. The characterisation is really the strongest point of the story - especially Laurie, who just jumps off the page.

  • Deborah
    2019-04-15 17:58

    This was a goodreads give away. A well written YA book. An enjoyable read