Too Shattered for Mending by Peter Brown Hoffmeister

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Read Too Shattered for Mending Online Free - A gripping—and gritty—literary mystery that shines a light on rural poverty.

“Little” McCardell is doing all he can just to keep it together after the disappearance of his grandfather “Big” and the arrest of his older brother, JT. He’s looking out for his younger cousin, hunting and fishing to keep food on the table, and staying in school—barely.

When the cops turn up asking questions about Big, Little doesn’t want to get involved in the investigation. He half cooperates, but his mind is elsewhere, pining after Rowan, the girl JT was dating until he got locked up.

Soon Little finds himself drowning in secrets, beholden to the sheriff, to JT, to Rowan, and to Big’s memory, with no clear way out that doesn’t betray at least one of them. And when Little’s deepest secret is revealed, there’s no telling how it could shatter their lives.

Title : Too Shattered for Mending
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ISBN : 0553538055
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 384 pages


Sophie "Beware Of The Reader" rated it ★★★★☆

August 30, 2017

4 “gritty reality” stars   An ARC has been kindly provided by Random House Children, via, in exchange for an honest review.   When I read the blurb of this novel, I thought I needed to read it and expected a YA book with a slight dose of reality. What I did not expect was being plu...

Christine✨ rated it ★★★★★

May 29, 2017

*I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way shapes my opinion of the book.* Trigger Warnings: physical/sexual abuse, alcohol/drug abuse, suicide. In a small town in rural Idaho, Little McCardell is just trying to get by, with his older brother, JT, in lock-u...

Ms. rated it ★★★☆☆

October 09, 2017

And I thought middle grade books were getting sadder and sadder. This one had more mature themes and language, so I'm sending it on to the high school.

Dianah rated it ★★★★★

November 06, 2017

Hoffmeister writes a gritty southern gothic novel, and even though it takes place in the small town of Pierce, Idaho, the goings-on there would fit snugly in the south. Technically a young-adult book, but so dark, it seems a much better fit to tag it as adult literature. Hoffmeister's characters,...

Gordon rated it ★★★★★

August 26, 2017

Too Shattered For Mending begins with an intriguing mystery: "Little" McCardell's grandfather, a man with a criminal past, has gone missing. The sheriff thinks Little knows where to find him and pressures the 16-year-old to help bring him in. The sheriff doesn't notice, or doesn't care, that Litt...

Carla rated it ★★★★★

November 12, 2017

This review contains spoilers or what might be considered spoilers. I really really liked this book. I couldn't really get into Hoffmeister's "This Is The Part Where You Laugh" and didn't read enough to goodreads it, this hooked me right away. Reminds me a lot of Winters Bone (if you saw the movi...

Jodi rated it ★★★★★

November 05, 2017

Loved the writing style, short chapters, and tone of this novel. Had a hard time putting it down and have a feeling I'll be thinking about it for a while. Sad and a bit dark, with rich threads of hope and loyalty. Excellent.

Tee loves Kyle Jacobson rated it ★★★★☆

November 09, 2017

I just finished this book and I have to say that I loved it except the ending. I did not like how the story ended. There was to much left open for my liking. In this story we meet Little and his brother JT. They live on there own in a trailer beside their uncles house. We meet Little first as he i...

Jamie rated it ★★★☆☆

June 30, 2017

I wanted to love this. I wanted it to be The Book for me. It wasn't. That makes me really sad, sadder than I was for Little and his desperately bleak life. Jesus this book is unrelenting and in the end it doesn't wrap up, it just ends. Long book and yet it doesn't have an ending.

Kimberly rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 17, 2017

Honestly, I struggled to get through this book. I felt as though there was no actual structure to the story and that made it difficult to read. It never wrapped up, just abruptly ended. I am an avid reader and I had a difficult time following this book.

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