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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (9 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062306561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062306562
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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My name is Kenna.
No one ever told me the truth about cutting—
How scars multiply like freaking rabbits.
How cutting turns you into a pathological liar.
How getting caught lands you in a psych ward with no way out for 72 hours.
But that's exactly what happens.
To me anyway.
And I bet you wonder how anyone could ever change—in just three days, in a place like this where everybody's broken.

Trust me.
I wonder that myself.

An incandescent novel that pulses with emotion and lingers long after the last page, Kiss of Broken Glass is unforgettable.

About the Author

Madeleine Kuderick writes for anthologies and magazines and has spoken at conferences, including the International Reading Association's, where she's an advocate for reluctant readers and the teachers who touch their lives. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida and an MBA from Saint Leo University.

Madeleine grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, a community with a rich literary tradition, where she was editor in chief of the same high school newspaper that Ernest Hemingway wrote for as a teen. She now lives on Florida's Gulf Coast with her husband and two children.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura's little book blog on 2 Feb. 2015
Format: Hardcover
When I first opened this book and saw that it was written in verse, I thought oh no, because I initially thought it was poetry and I'm not a fan. But I thought I would not knock it until I tried it and actually it worked really well in verse.

Kiss of Broken Glass deals with the highly sensitive issue of self harming and in particular as the title so cleverly hints at is cutting. Kenna has been caught harming herself in the girls bathroom and in Florida that means you have to go psychiatric ward for 72 hours under the Baker Act. Kenna is annoyed with Tara for ratting her out, but once there she meets other just like her and in those 72 hours she is just about able to forget her own problems for a bit.

I thought this was actually beautifully and sensitively written and I don't think it would have worked in anything other than verse. Madeleine really gets across the reality of self-harming and how it can be down to any number of things, from just fitting in to not feeling completely loved by your Mum.
Even though I have no personal experience of this myself, I really felt like Madeleine got across the mindset of someone who self-harms. The thing that got me was that some people with little understanding, don't know why people who self-harm can't just stop; it is like asking someone to stop breathing.

This novel became particularly poignant when I read at the back that the author's daughter had gone through this and in my own small way I would like to thank her for sharing her story as it has definitely opened up my eyes and I now have more empathy and understanding.

I read Kiss of Broken Glass in just over an hour. You really get sucked into Kenna's story and I couldn't stop myself from turning the pages until I got to the end.

A beautifully written, sensitive and moving story.
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By Kat on 1 Nov. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I’ve never been the hugest fan of books written in verse, but I must have overlooked that fact when I requested Kiss of Broken Glass. However, it’s one of those happy oversights, because apart from being extremely good, Kiss of Broken Glass has opened up my mind to another style of writing.

Set over just seventy two hours, Kiss of Broken Glass tells of Kenna’s experience in psychiatric ward after being caught at school cutting herself. Although I’ve read a fair amount of YA realistic fiction, this is the first book I have read about self-harm, and it really opened up my eyes.

Although it’s difficult to get to know a character over such a short period, it was very easy to feel her pain and confusion. Her home life isn’t exactly happy, she compares herself constantly to her half-sister and it’s obvious that she has a lack of self confidence, which made me feel very sympathetic towards her. The reasons behind her cutting and the obvious pain she was in felt very realistic – even though it’s not something I have experienced or been exposed to, Kenna’s story made logical sense – obviously Kendrick has done her research.

The upside of a story being set over such a short period is the intensity – it begns with a bang and completely sucked me in – if it wasn’t for work the next morning I would definitely ahve read it one sitting. Kuderick has an obvious talent for writing, and Kiss of Broken Glass is an impressive debut.

Kiss of Broken Glass is intense, moving and a book that I could completely lose myself in. Although the subject matter is dark and could have been difficult to relate to, I was suitably impressed.
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Zoe's Review - Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick 7 Feb. 2015
By Maci and Zoe Read Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When I got this book it seemed interesting and I made sure it was at the top of my pile of books to read. This book is about Kenna. She gets caught at school cutting herself and is sent to the psych ward for 72 hours. This book is about what she realized their. She is coming to terms with herself, her cutting and her relationships outside of the walls of the hospital. I always find these types of books to be interesting because the perspective that it gives. This is a fast paced book and if you liked Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern you will like this.
I don't normally do well with verse but this one was a breeze! Do wish I enjoyed it a BIT more though. 18 Mar. 2015
By Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When I first started KISS OF BROKEN GLASS, I actually had no idea it was in verse. Verse is not usually my thing, but I decided to roll with it and I was glad I did! It was a very interesting story and definitely one with a powerful message.

The story starts with fifteen-year-old Kenna being brought to a facility for psych evaluation after being caught cutting herself in the girls bathroom at school. What really intrigued me about the story as I was reading was Kenna’s reason as to why she was cutting. See, it’s become sort of a fad at her school. Girls do it for a thrill, for bragging rights, for proof that they’re daring. Some of them really are hurting inside and we find out throughout the story that Kenna is a little bit of both.

For some, the fad of cutting may seem like a really unrealistic concept but I actually read the afterword when I completed the book and it broke my heart to read that Madeleine Kuderick’s daughter actually went through a very similar situation that Kenna did and that’s how she came up with concept for the story. I’ll also tell you that I’ve witnessed this fad first hand at my own high school – not as quite as portrayed in the book but I’ve had friends who used to cut and I’ve seen how that idea can take off as something appealing as a physical release of an emotional struggle and catch on with others.

The book sort of reminded me of something like a YA Girl, Interrupted. It definitely had the same kind of feel and it was shocking and intriguing all at the same time. I really appreciated the message and how the story evolved too. Even though it was verse which is something I’m not really as into, the book really moved quickly and it was a very easy read.

The only lack of connection I had was actually because of the verse. There were small rhyming poems strewn throughout the book which were actually composed by one of the characters that I seemed to connect with more than the overall composition. I used to write some really bad high school poetry, but it worked really well for dumping all of my feelings into a creative outlet like that so I had hoped the verse would make me feel the same way writing my own poetry had, but I think it actually had the adverse effect on me. KISS OF BROKEN GLASS didn’t at all feel like bad high school poetry, but I felt like I would have personally connected with Kenna better if I had been able to really dig deep into her feeling through more conventional prose. I really wanted to read through long paragraphs, climb into her mind, and sort of let all of those feelings wash over me. I feel like the verse really put up a small wall that I couldn’t break past in order to really connect with the characters.

KISS OF BROKEN GLASS didn’t bowl me over but it was still a powerful story nonetheless. I think it’s a great read and a really great selection for those who don’t normally read verse. It was actually really quick and easy, but also enjoyable and carries a really powerful message.
Good Idea, Not So Good Execution 24 Jan. 2015
By Rachel (Beauty and the Bookshelf) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Reviewing this is hard. Kiss of Broken Glass wasn't a bad book. However, its execution made the entire thing pretty forgettable and left me feeling nothing. It has some great elements, but put together, they just don't work. The synopsis may say it "pulses with emotion and lingers long after the last page," but for me, it did not.

Kiss of Broken Glass is a novel about cutting that's written in verse. I don't have a problem with either of those, but they're not compatible with each other in this novel. I've read a few books written in verse, and I think this did that well. At the core, Kuderick's writing is good, and she has some great metaphors and diction. However, with this subject, the verse took away any feeling. It cut out the emotion of the story, which should exist with this subject. It may have worked better if this book was longer, but at 224 pages, it's practically nothing. There wasn't enough depth, I didn't feel anything toward the characters, and it was just missing something. If this was lengthier or not written in verse (not that I have anything against reading verse), this could have had something.

This book (semi-based/inspired by the author's daughter, I think) is about Kenna, a fifteen-year-old girl who's sent to a psychiatric facility when she's found cutting herself at school. There are a few characters she takes notice of, but I didn't care too much about any of them. The synopsis suggests romance will ensue, but there really wasn't much of any and that was a bit disappointing (I like romance). There are attempts to get the reader to connect to Kenna and learn more about her, but again, I felt nothing. Although I did feel a little appalled at what was going on at Kenna's school. There, cutting is like a competition, and scars are as precious and glorious as diamonds. It's a contest. I'm not saying it's not true or unrealistic (remember when people were cutting themselves for Justin Bieber?), but it's ridiculous and horrible.

I get what Kuderick was trying to accomplish with this novel, and I think it's great. But writing this story in so few pages and in a short form of writing just did not work. Like I said, this book wasn't bad. It's just...there. I read it, I reviewed it, and now I'm done with it. And even though Kiss of Broken Glass didn't work for me, I am interested in reading other things Kuderick might write. I like the story and the idea and how we got to see how the mind of someone addicted to cutting worked. It's just that darn execution that took it down several levels.
Strong and compelling debut 13 Oct. 2014
By Rachel @ Paper Cuts blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Kiss of Broken Glass is my first foray into verse novels, and I have to say, if they're all as compelling and readable as this one I'll be reading a lot more. The idea behind it, cutting as a popularity mechanism, is frightening--and it's even more frightening to read in the author's note that the book was inspired by a similar event in her daughter's life. To explore Kenna's mindset and thought process is sad, and it's so easy to see her flawed logic, but it's also easy to understand why she did it, why she's addicted.

The book only takes place over 72 hours, Kenna's whole stay in the psych ward, but it does an excellent job of showing how Kenna thinks and creating a progression into how her time there changes her. She begins as completely against all they talk about--and even ends being against a lot of it--but she also sees the pain of others who are much worse than her and sees how her actions hurt others, especially her younger brother. It's not a complete change, and it's not meant to be, but it's a transition for her.

The verse style works really well for this, too. Instead of focusing on a plot and surroundings, we're immersed in Kenna's mind. The details of her stay are related only so far as they're important to her. The verse is able to set off certain phrases and give a style that mimics thoughts much more closely than a linear narration would, but it never feels like it's been manipulated without reason.

I do wish the whole Jag bit would have been left out. Mostly because it feels a little like a distraction, like a bit of fluff and a romantic interest to fill things in. More built on Kenna's relationship with Skylar would have been better, because Skylar has a real effect on Kenna. The strength of Kiss of Broken Glass is in its exploration of Kenna's mindset, and Jag only detracts from that.

While I have no other verse novels to compare to it, Kiss of Broken Glass was, at least for me, a great read. It's so quick and immersive that you'll find yourself surprised to have devoured the book so quickly.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Surprised me that I connected to a main character in a book told in verse. 6 Oct. 2014
By Brandi Breathes Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Yeah. Don't feel like doing normal format. Goodreads update style:
rating 3.5

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I'm starting Kiss of Broken Glass: Okay... When I requested to begin with, it didn't say anything about being in verse.... But this is a subject close to my heart, so I am trying to go in with open mind, and go ahead and connect with kenna before I begin

page 9
4.0%
"KoBG (title) is tighter than some of the other poetry books I have read. Making it pretty easy for me to follow along and not be confused at what is actually going on. Still not my fave medium but I think I will be finishing"

page 14
6.0%
"Wondering what the Baker Act is its been mentioned several times... Said its Florida based. Thank you wikipedia... its an act that allows involuntary psych admission."

page 60 26.0% "Love her thought patterns and how realistic this book is. Shows how much she craves to cut and that it is something that buries in the mind and takes over life."

150 66.0% "Flying through. Love the group interaction and her and jag. Nothing major there, but still"

page 175 78.0% "Peer pressure sucks. It comes out her reasons for starting to cut... And the back of the book where it talks about she didn't have absent parents, no abuse, no sexual assault... Her reasons were different, and I can totally see how she could have felt like she had no other choice. Her friend Rennie took her under wing and helped her be in the popular circle, but its deeper than that."

page 210 93.0% "I loved the butterfly from another person in the ward. The premise was to draw a butterfly on wrists or where you cut and then name it. Makes it harder with a name to cut there in theory. Never heard of a strategy like that but thought it was beautiful."

page 223 99.0% "The ending is realistic. The book takes place in a span of 72 hours. So Kenna learned a few skills, and thought more about her reasonings. But there was no magic cure. She is sent home and told that relapse is normal... So we have hope that she has the skills to learn to stop cutting."

Overall, enjoyed this. The verse worked for me here and I came away feeling emotional but sense of hope.

Bottom Line: Surprised me that I connected to a main character in a book told in verse.
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