Goodreads Review: Intriguing mix of strong characters, redemption, romance, and even a touch of mystery

Shattered: A Story of Betrayal and Courage by C. Lee McKenzie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This inspirational tale of heartbreak and courage is an intriguing mix of strong characters, redemption, romance, and even a touch of mystery. The plot revolves around 19-year-old Libby Brown’s fight to regain a sense of normalcy after becoming a paraplegic when a snowboarder hits her while she is skiing. Gone are her hopes to attend the Olympics and instead she must learn how to adapt to a life in a wheelchair.

The author, C. Lee McKenzie, has created realistic characters from Libby to her parents to wheelchair-abled friends. Harley, Libby’s buoyant, optimistic friend, is particularly refreshing and inspiring. An amputee, Harley never allows herself to feel anything but enthusiasm for her future. The story is strengthened by the ongoing search for the snowboarder who caused Libby’s accident and was part of a dark alliance to remove Libby from the Olympics.

This is the third young adult novel I have read by Ms. McKenzie, and her writing never disappoints.

An enormous thank-you to NetGalley for providing me with the ARC.



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