#NewRelease — Broken: The Edge of Sanity by Samuel Alexander — Review + Giveaway

Broken: The Edge of Sanity
By Samuel Alexander

Title: Broken: The Edge of Sanity

Series: N/A

Author: Samuel Alexander

Genre: Gay Fiction

Length: 98 pages

Publisher: Self-published

Publication date: March 3, 2017

 

Blurb:

 

He found love too late and now... his mind can't let go of something that never was.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review

He found love too late and now... his mind can't let go of something that never was.

After reading Broken, this statement makes perfect sense.

Samuel Alexander pens the tale about the mind of a young man, Bryan, who wants nothing more than to be loved.

His mother is crazy, his home life is in constant upheaval, he is depressed, suicidal and contemplating his death when he meets Sandjai.

The boys are thirteen when they first meet and they instantly hit it off. Bryan is overweight and relies on sex to get him through his troubles so he flirts with Sandjai, but after realizing he’s straight they become best friends.

The story spans over a decade, chronicling their lives—their friends and family—good times and bad—and shows the steady decline Bryan takes—in his depression—when Sandjai leaves after a blissful one night encounter together turns ugly proving he didn't return his feelings.  

The author has a way with words that makes you want to keep reading even though they were confusing, at times. The narrative is often jumbled—switching from one character to the next—one time frame to the next—without warning. I found myself having to back up to get my bearings of who was talking and where I was in the setting.

However—with that said—by the author’s descriptions, I could easily envision this group of friends casually laughing and hanging out... and at the same time—could see them circle Bryan offering him support when he was left shattered by his best friend.

My heart ached for Bryan and his low self-esteem that he never seemed to overcome even after the many years that he worked to improve himself. To see him pine his life away for someone who would not...or could not return the same feelings just made me want to gather him up and hug him tightly.

 But—if there’s a silver lining—after many years of waiting—he may have, finally, got his retribution. It certainly felt like it at the end. In that moment, I felt as if he was going to be okay.

If you are interested in reading something different—seeing inside the soul of a young man yearning for love, often expressing his pain through poetry—I would give this book a try.

 

 

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the author *

 

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