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Beauty of the Broken


Author: Tawni  WATERS
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Subject/Category:  9-12
Year Reviewed:: 2015
ISBN: 9.78148e+012
Review: Fifteen-year-old Mara was never given the choice to be different. Her parents, an overbearing one-minded father and an alcoholic mother, make life very restrictive for Mara. She begins to find escape with her classmate Xylia. A recent transplant from the big city, Xylia is wildly outside the parameters of small-town normal. Then the reverend's son takes a picture of Mara and Xylia kissing, and they fear they will be "outed." Shortly after school starts, Mara is raped by the reverend's son, and is told that if she reveals he is the perpetrator he will release the photograph of her and Xylia. Charged with emotion, this novel touches on issues of family dysfunction, and will resonate with students who struggle with their own sexual orientation.

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