Broken People by Scott Hildreth (Heather’s Review) – 5 STARS

…..Warning….. 
My review may contain remarks/comments/quotes someone may find offensive, but they in no way reflect my view on the situation or person depicted. This is a review and therefore is only a reflection of my own personal feelings and emotions for the book and nothing more…
5 people….5 broken people…..5 beautifully broken stories…5beatifully amazingly broken stars….Infinite messages….Many many emotions.

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You ever read something that really…REALLY makes you think about life, your actions, your reactions, your personal feelings, your view of others?? Oh? No? There have been a few for me….and this is one of them. This story blew me away. I mean….really fucked with my emotions, my thinking, and honestly made my heart hurt a bit.

How does one begin to put their thoughts and emotions into words……let me attempt to….

“Broken people attract broken people”

The Fat Kid…“”Chocolate. I need fucking chocolate.”
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David…. “God hates fags”
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Marc….“Love that just is.”
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Britney…“Help. This. Girl.”
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Michelle…“Stay human”
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“Time passes, and things change. “

A heart wrenching story of broken souls finding broken souls. Broken souls mending broken souls. Broken souls saving broken souls.
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Life ain’t always beautiful…..Scott Hildreth’s debut definitely forces us as readers to face that fact and see the ugliness, the darker side of life’s dirty little secrets. He shows us that we are not alone in our fears, our insecurities…in a very raw and real way. You might not think of yourself broken, but everyone…in their own way…is somehow broken….if only a little bit.

“Knowing or admitting being broken doesn’t help if we aren’t conscious of just what the underlying problem is. I am conscious of my faults, my character defects, andmy short comings. I do what I do, not to mask it or separate myself from the realization, but to make my life less painless.

I found myself relating to parts of this story’s messages. This book forced me to take a look at my scars and my fears. Forced me to consider others….and their scars.

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I am broken in my own ways….
“Letting down others hurts me far more than letting myself down. It disappoints me greatly to disappoint others.”

I have my demons…but…..
“From destruction comes creation. Beauty will rise from the ashes.”

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Hildreth introduces us to “The Fat Kid”……
“I ate donuts the way a 110 pound Asian eats hot dogs at the Nathan’s Hot Dog National Eating Championship. Bite. Drink. Swallow. Bite. Drink. Swallow.”

He pads himself, uses vulgar language, acts like a snarky asshole at times….. all to shut people out. Why would someone want to get to know an obese, vulgar, insensitive human being? It’s his defense against life….against failure….against getting close….against hurt.

He takes us on his journey….and gives us his broken and scattered puzzle pieces. Although there are multiple points of view, for me the “Fat Kid” is the focal point of the story. This is his life. This is his brilliant story of his road to redemption and forgiveness. This is him overcoming his incident.
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“Good friends, friends that really care, are a once in a life time thing.”

My heart bled a little for each character. My compassion for their situation and their heart ache grew with each page I turned. Hildreth most definitely has an amazing sense of verbal prowess and an uncanny ability to tell each character’s heart breaking story in a brilliant light.

As a parent, this book was some what of a self-help inspirational piece of art. Although I am not a parent to teen….yet…God forbid my child have to go thru any of the pain depicted or face any of the same issues. I can’t 100% safe guard my child from all the pain or troubles in life, but I can damn well make sure that I am there every step of the way, helping walk them thru it when I can and holding their hand…..regardless is the situation. Full fledged support and understanding.

I would without any reservations recommend everyone to read this amazing story.

“If someone makes you think, keep them. If someone makes you feel, keep them.”

This one is a keeper………

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