Broken and Screwed (The BS Series) by Tijan
So without giving away too much, B&S is the story of Alex, a seventeen year old girl whose life was torn apart the night that her brother died in a car accident. Many months have passed since then, and Alex has lost her parents as well to depression and many of her friends have let her be and moved on with their own lives. The spirit of Alex’s brother haunts her wherever she goes, except for when his best friend Jesse is around. Together, they ignite, but Jesse always leaves her afterwards, too broken himself to offer anything of value.
I’ve read the Fallen Crest series by Tijan and enjoyed that (both of these series are total guilty pleasure reads), so when I saw this author had another series, I figured I should just go for it. This book BLEW ME AWAY. At this point, it’s the best book I’ve read by this author. I loved how complicated and conflicted Alex was, even though she worked so hard not to show that side of herself to anyone. Jesse was a true dick, but he’s that bad boy you can’t help but to root for. The relationship between the two was difficult and a little messed up, and while Alex always hoped for more, she understood that Jesse could not give her what she wanted, so she didn’t ask him to.
I liked how aware Alex was of herself, she’s a very well developed and well written character. From my perspective, Alex always had hope for how things could be for her, even if she could never admit it out loud or let herself believe that good things would come for her.
“People didn’t find the love they had, not really. And if they did, they were lucky, incredibly so.”
Unlike the Fallen Crest series, this book focused a lot less on clique politics, which for me was a giant relief. Instead of figuring out why who hated who, I was able too read about the characters I was invested in, which is why I think I enjoyed this book much more than Tijan’s other series. And for the most part, Alex had the wonderful support of her friends to get through the challenges she faced. Alex in return accepted her friends for who they were, and if she couldn’t she did her best to overlook it.
I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars, it was riveting and I devoured it within a matter of hours. I had to run to the public library down the street from where I was working when I finished it so I could use the wifi to purchase and download the next book! Tijan is now on my auto-buy list, I will read anything this author has to offer.
POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD!!! BE WARY!!
I cannot believe what a**holes Alex’s parents were to her. Like, I literally cannot comprehend how they could just leave her behind. And f**k her friends for what they did in the end. Seriously.