Cracked by K M Walton – book cover, description, publication history. Bullying gets a thorough examination in Walton’s YA debut, a stark, but often heavy-handed story that alternates between the perspectives of. I have had Cracked by KM Walton in my TBR pile for an obnoxious amount of time, at least two years which is totally unreasonable as it is so.
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Overall, I definitely recommend Cracked to anyone who is interested in a fictional coming of age story about the acidic effects of bullying. Yes, Victor is the target of Bull’s physical violence, and taunts.
Not everyone has a long-lost relative ready to step in a fight for them. Get out the Kleenex! The two main characters are victims of a type of bullying. I found myself emotionally detached from both Victor and Bull because the author didn’t give me anytime to get to know them. This novel is told through the eyes of two boys – chapters alternating between Victor and William “Bull”.
HOWEVER, the writing in this book was so weak, and the author’s attempts to replicate teenagers and how they interact with each other was cringe-worthy at best.
They both have troubling home lives, with Victor living with parents who ignore him in pursuit of their own happiness and Bull living with an abusive mother and grandfather. Again, maybe I’m just cynical, but it’s all too picture book happy for me.
And I feel that five days and all their problems are solved is a little-very- unrealistic. Even without the relationship between Craced and Victor, their individual therapy and development could have been interesting. And then after what is perceived as Bull’s suicide attempt the two end up as roommates in the psych ward of the hospital.
This book could have been really good if the author would have spent more time developing cfacked characters and their stories.
Cracked by K.M. Walton
Especially Patty coming into Victor’s life is just ridiculously unrealistic and cliched. If one of them had had this k.m.walto, I’d have been okay with it. In the past I’ve been a special education teacher that specialized in children with emotional and behavioral issues.
He is invisible to his parents who remind him he was an accident and generally ignore his whole existence except when he may do something to inconvenience their lives. They have a long history — Bull has been the schoolyard bully since kindergarten and Victor is a perpetual victim.
Gone is the era where patients had the “luxury” of thirty days or more to stabilize before integrating back into their families. Everything seemed to get better in the end which was a little to good to be true in a way. Teaching became a reality for K. This thought and these children have weighed heavy on my heart all my life. After his dog who was the only one that valued crackee passes away he is devestated and swallows a bottle of pills.
Cracked by KM Walton | Book Review | Good Books & Good Wine
When Victor and Bull end up being roommates on the ward, I expected the story b be about learning to forgive and apologize. Mar 10, Mary-Megan rated it it was ok.
All I knew was that Victor’s parents hated him and Bull’s grandfather hit him, but emotionally nothing was there. Characterization 1 2 Feb 26, I love that there was more than one person narrating the story.
Cracked by KM Walton | Book Review
But I did ceacked this book a lot. There were a lot of times where I put the book down deciding that I wasn’t going to finish it, because I already knew what was going to happen with everything.
Which means things are going to get worse—much worse—before they get better. Any use of an author photo must include its respective photo credit Cracked By K.
A book that really gets to the quick on issues like suicide, abuse and bullying for GUYS!!! Bull and Victor eventually come to a verbal confrontation about bullying and their problems, but it didn’t feel like things were genuinely resolved crakced them. Little is wasted on extraneous details, instead we get an unadorned story with flawless character development and an interesting plot. Very well written – this was a gripper. The main characters are a stereotypical bully and victim, almost painfully so.
None of the characters really felt authentic or fully formed, which made the book difficult to love.