Perfectly Broken – Robert Burke Warren

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Perfectly Broken – Robert Burke WarrenPerfectly Broken by Robert Burke Warren
Published by Story Plant on March 8, 2016
Genres: Fiction, Literary, Family Life
Pages: 270
Format: Kindle
Source: Edelweiss
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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 was unsure how I was going to rate Perfectly Broken. I loved the first half, so emotional and full of true characters. Then something happened. Something that is usually a full stop for me liking a book, movie, show, whatever. It is my thing and I just don’t care for it. But, bugger all, the writing was just so good, I was sucked back in and really enjoyed the end of the book. Beth and Grant are a way cool couple living in New York City with their small son. Grant is an ex rocker who is now a stay at home dad. When Beth loses her job they have to move to the country to get by. Losing their lifestyle while Grant is losing his sense of self leads to issues that shock their foundation and could potentially end everything they have.

Robert Burke Warren has a way with words. As stated above his turn of phrase pulled me back into a situation I did not like at all. He built a very real world, and the addition of music helped the scenes play vividly in my mind. The pacing was great, everything segued naturally and flowed well. There was plenty of emotion. If I can get mad at a character I know the feelings quotient was high. The plot and the characters were where I was a little let down, but again, that is due to my thing and not the writing of Robert Burke Warren.

Even though there was that one plot point I did not care for, I really enjoyed Robert Burke Warren’s writing and Perfectly Broken. This was a debut that showed a high degree of talent and depth. Warren is an author to watch and I will be sure to pick up whatever he writes next. I would recommend Perfectly Broken, as it is a rare book that can pull a reader back in purely based on the writing.

Favorite lines – Parenting is not unlike living with a drunken, howling, megalomaniac midget lead singer, a situation with which, having backed up a few of those, I am uniquely familiar (except maybe the midget part). And indeed, Evan and I are up all hours, we eat whenever, and we make a lot of noise. We have crazy hair—especially Evan—and we stink. Plus, if I let him out of my sight: calamity. So all that time in rock and roll bands, during which I often needed to babysit drunken musicians, provided excellent prerequisites for parenting a child.

Biggest cliché – I’m unhappy with my life so I must take that out on those around me.

 Have you read Perfectly Broken, or added it to your TBR?

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2016 New Release Challenge
  • Mount TBR Reading Challenge
  • Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
  • The Goodreads Challenge

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Posted March 7, 2016 by Laura in Reviews / 2 Comments

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