Book Review: Perfectly Broken by Robert Burke Warren

Perfectly BrokenPerfectly Broken by Robert Burke Warren
Publisher: Story Plant
Release Date: March 8, 2016
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Publisher’s Description:

His rock star days may be behind him, but stay-at-home dad Grant Kelly’s life is getting more interesting by the day. It’s the beginning of the post 9/11 era, and he and his wife and four-year-old son have traded a New York City apartment for a Catskills farmhouse, where ghosts from the past, worries for the future, and temptations in the present converge to bring about drastic changes in their marriage, their friendships, and their family. A gorgeously nuanced novel with unforgettable characters, Perfectly Broken is a story of human frailty, the endurance of the heart, and the power and possibility of forgiveness.

I chose this book because I was told that if I liked Jonathan Tropper then I would like this book. That held true, although Robert Burke Warren definitely has his own voice and is not a Tropper copycat.

Perfectly Broken is an apt title for this book. Every character in it is broken in some way. Told in first person by Grant, it’s the story of a group of people who have been friends since the 90s. Some, like Grant’s friend Paul have made it big. Grant has not. He quit his band and tried for a solo career that never took off. Now he’s a stay-at-home dad to son Evan. He and his wife Beth have moved into a vacant house that their friends own to save money. Grant can’t help but wonder why Paul got to become a famous musician and he didn’t.

The characters in this book are relatable, yet so frustrating. Some of the choices they make are outstandingly bad. Even so, I was rooting for them to wake up and get it together. I loved the 90s flashbacks. I’m the same age as Grant and his friends and so I was listening to a lot of the same music and stuff that they were. It was fun to take a little trip back to my college days through Grant.

This is a great book about a group of friends struggling to be grown-ups. A few surprises are thrown in along the way that kept it really interesting. I look forward to seeing what the author comes up with next.

tlc tour hostThank you to TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book. Check out the other tour stops:

Tuesday, March 8th: Vox Libris
Wednesday, March 9th: Becklist
Thursday, March 10th: I’m Shelf-ish
Monday, March 14th: Worth Getting in Bed For
Tuesday, March 15th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Thursday, March 17th: she treads softly
Friday, March 18th: Art @ Home
Monday, March 21st: Gspotsylvania: Ramblings from a Reading Writer Who Rescues Birds and Beasts
Tuesday, March 22nd: Jenn’s Bookshelves
Wednesday, March 23rd: An Unconventional Librarian
Thursday, March 24th: The 3 R’s: Reading, ‘Riting, and Randomness
Monday, March 28th: Everyday I Write the Book
Tuesday, March 29th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, March 30th: The Book Chick
Thursday, March 31st: Chaos is a Friend of Mine
Monday, April 4th: bookchickdi
TBD: BoundbyWords

  • HeatherTLC

    Dealing with the reality of life as compared to what you expected it to be is something I’ve struggled with over the past few years. I’m interested to see how these characters deal with it.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!