K.B. Andrews is a new author to me. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading it, so I just dove in headfirst. I’m glad that I didn’t go into it expecting anything because I got to just enjoy the ride and find out what was going to happen along with the characters. I mean, yeah, I tend to go right along with any journey through a book, but I generally have some kind of expectation, if you know what I mean. Maybe I’m just blathering and I’m the only person who knows what I mean. Either way, it was a very interesting ride and a great book.
So, F*cking Shattered. First of all, I need to just say that I love the name of our heroine, Jovi. I was 8 in 1980, so Bon Jovi was part of the soundtrack of my life. I find her name to be completely awesome.
Jovi and Katie have been best friends for most of their life. Katie is outgoing, flirtatious, and lives out loud. Jovi is quieter, shier, and hides in the shadows. Katie is getting ready to spend 3 months in Miami Beach and she’s trying to talk Jovi into going with her. Jovi keeps telling her no because she can’t afford it. Katie keeps telling Jovi that she will pay for it, but Jovi doesn’t want that. So, Katie writes out a summer bucket list for Jovi to follow, starting with kiss a stranger. Tragically, Katie’s plane crashes on the way Miami Beach, and Jovi is devastated. After the funeral, a young man comes up to her and she kisses him. After all, he’s a stranger. And that’s what starts it all. Jovi eventually finds an envelope in a memory box. That envelope is full of money and Jovi decides that she’s going to go to Miami and live for Katie.
River is the guy that Jovi kissed at the funeral, only he doesn’t stay a stranger very long. In fact, he ends up going on a road trip with Jovi.
Jovi and River aren’t the only ones who go for their road trip. We get to go for a ride too. It’s a really well-written ride and one that is bittersweet at times. At its core, Shattered is about grief and what it does to a person and how to handle that grief, in my opinion. It’s about learning to let go of that grief and accept what life is offering. Neither Jovi or River are perfect, and there are secrets and problems that both of them have to deal with and accept, but it works. It’s a very organic story and it happens both quickly and slowly, if that makes sense. It does to me, but it’s hard to explain to other people. It’s a sweet story and very romantic.
Remember, if you’ve come down here, you’re at risk for spoilers.
I did guess that River was Katie’s 1/2 brother pretty early, but it didn’t really ruin the story for me to guess that. I didn’t guess that there was a big relationship between Katie and River, but I’m glad that there was.
So, that’s all I have to say on this one. Go visit Zon and give it a read. Happy reading!