Date Released: September 9, 2015
Pages: 224 pages
Source: From Library
Rating: 2.5 Stars
Dark. Lyrical. Haunting. Kuderick's novel, Kiss of Broken Glass, was also quite a snooze fest. The novel had some golden scenes but having it been such a short book it lacked a developed protagonist and the plot was overtaken by the poetic writing style.
In Kiss of Broken Glass, we meet Kenna who is admitted into a psych ward for 72 hours because of her cutting. The Baker Act of Florida involuntarily forces teens who cut to seek care and help, and readers are able to see that in Kenna's story. The novel "delves" into Kenna's currrent situation with her family, friends, and herself. Within the 72 hours, Kuderick explores Kenna's journey in and out of the ward, and how she deals with her emotions and cutting. I really enjoyed Kenna's journey and the raw emotion Kuderick was able to weave throughout the book. With that being said, I also felt like Kenna's story and family/friend dynamics were not as developed. I just wished Kuderick wrote more and got rid of the poetic writing she was trying to use. It ultimately caused the book to feel short and boring.
What I did admire from the book is the message. The writing was raw and full of emotion, you can get a sense of the emotions and conflicts Kenna was dealing with in the novel. At the end of the book. Kuderick was amazing to have hotlines and website for teens dealing with cutting and self-infliction. She was able to get the word out that cutting in general only leads to pain and suffering and Kenna's story was a canvas to say that.
Ultimately, Kiss of Broken Glass had many great moments in the novel to Kuderick's wonderful writing. But it did fall because of the shortness of the novel and the poetic writing style.