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Brian 

You’ll make it out of here, Brian. I swear. 

I had everything — school quarterback, popular with girls, and my dad was proud of me. I told myself it didn’t matter no one knew the real me.

And then I nearly died. Landon saved my life. He’s the bravest guy I know. He came out a few years ago, proud and fierce, and he ran into gunfire to help others. Me, I’m a mess. Can’t even stand to be in a room with the curtains open. But here’s the thing about losing it all: You get a chance to start over and be someone new. 

Only how can I move on when the two shooters who attacked our school were never caught? And why do I feel like I’m still in the crosshairs?  

Landon 

Will you kiss me? 

When I came across Brian Marshall, the hottest guy in school, dying on the cafeteria floor, I did what anyone would do. I tried to save him. His request surprised me, but I figured he needed comfort, so I kissed him on the forehead. 

When he survived and came back to school, he was broken in body and mind. He still needed me, and soon we were unlikely besties. But what I saw at school that day woke me up. I want to demand action on gun control, lead protests, raise my fist. I’ll tear the world down if I have to. And if I can get the man of my dreams and save the world at the same time? I’ll take it. Only I didn’t understand that the horror at Jefferson Waller High wasn’t over. 

©2018 Jane Holmes (P)2020 Jane Holmes

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Brian and Landon

Brian and Landon go to the same high school. Brian is a jock and Landon a little nerdy, but out and proud. When a shooting at school brings them together, they become best friends. Unlikely and kind of unbelievable to Landon. This is a nice young adult romance, after an awful tragedy. There’s suspense also, and a bit of politics. The MCs have depth with hot chemistry and the secondary characters are great. The narration is right in point.

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amazing!!!!!!

OMG! OMG This book was amazing! Brilliant! Fantastic! I couldn't stop listening. I finished a ten hour audiobook in a day. The story took my breath away. And broke my heart. It managed to combine discussions about serious topics, suspense, and the sweetest love story. It’s the type of book that stays with you for days and leaves you hangover. I know I’m going to reread it, possibly many times. And I just want to hug Brian and Landon and keep them safe forever. The narrator did a spectacular job bringing the characters and the story to life. I highly highly recommend the audiobook.

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What can I say about Boy Shattered that hasn't been said before? Probably not much. What I can say is that it's a poignant, heart wrenching, emotional story that realistically deals with the painful reality of what kids go through in schools in the US. The fear, the stress, knowing that surviving something like this will leave you forever changed. This is not a romance, although there's one. The connection between Landon and Brian is palpable, especially after the shooting, and it makes sense (as do they), all things considered. This is not an easy book to read or listen to, but it's so worth it. Eli Easton's writing is amazing. It's easy to get fully invested in Landon and Brian's lives, and how they deal with the aftermath of surviving a tragic event like this one, especially Brian, who was left with deep physical and emotional wounds. Tristan Josiah is a new narrator to me, but you can bet I'll be checking other books he's done with Eli Easton asap. He did a superb job bringing these kids to life, all the characters had a distinctive voice, and he conveyed all the emotions a story like this one elicits with his voice. I can't recommend this audiobook enough. Just go buy it if you haven't already.

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Simply fantastic

I loved this book when I read it some time ago and I remember thinking it would make an awesome audio book - well I was right! Absolutely brilliant! Eli Easton has knocked it so far out of the park with this story. It strikes the perfect balance when taking the listener/reader through the fear & horror of the shooting without any hint of sensationalism. My heart totally broke for Bryan, and Landon was so strong for him. This is an incredibly powerful read which highlights very important issues without any element of preachiness. Tristan Josiah is a new narrator for me and I thought he did a great job, really clear narration which was well performed - not just read. Good distinction between the characters, no problems at all telling who was who. Would definitely listen to more of his work. Highly recommend this one, I came away with an overall feeling of having my spirit uplifted 😊 Awesome Job Eli and Tristan!

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Heartbreakingly realistic and ultimately uplifting

I read Boy Shattered when it was first released as an ebook back in 2018 and I absolutely loved it. Getting to listen to the great performance of the audiobook by Tristan Josiah brought it all back to me and I loved it all over again. It's the first audiobook that I've listened to by Tristan and I think he did a great job. Two years after reading the ebook I still don't know how to put into words how this story made me feel. So, the only thing I can really do is to say again what I said when I reviewed the e-book. Excerpts from my original review are below. I don't even know how to start to review such a moving story. I knew from the minute I read the blurb for the book that I had to read it – and, I knew it would tear me up. While the events that happened are horrifying the story ultimately ended up being uplifting to me. They survived, they fell in love and they eventually got on with their lives although they were changed forever. I don't really see how I can say any more without giving too much away. I'll just say that Boy Shattered was a very compelling story. I applaud Eli Easton for taking on what had to be a very emotional task; I doubt that telling this story was easy. The poetry she wrote for Brian's character was also very moving and wonderful. Bravo! Five well deserved stars. A copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author or narrator. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 23-11-20

A heartbreaking hurt/comfort romantic suspense!

This book was heartfelt, moving and carried a bigger message. This is a contemporary young adult, romantic suspense with hurt/comfort, opposites attract and is high on the angst. This definitely wasn't an easy listen. This book will break your heart ansd put it back together. I felt a whirlwind of emotions while listening to this. The setting of the story was inspired by Parkland and the students that have protested against gun violence. The characters were real, relatable and well fleshed out and the writing was engaging and gripping. Tristan Josiah performed a flawless and raw audio delivery.

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  • Kathryn M
  • 26-11-20

wonderful

Boy Shattered by Eli Easton is a wonderfully told story that had me emotional, and had me glued to the story.  I loved the connection that formed between Brian and Landon, the beauty that emerges from a tragedy.  I definitely had a lot of feelings listening to the audiobook.  Between the spectacular writing of Eli Easton and the Wonderful narration by Tristan Josiah, I felt like I could be part of the scenes, feeling the emotions - the fear, the anger, the sorrow, the peace and the love.

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  • Zara
  • 22-11-20

Absolutely Amazing

I loved this book, read it several times. And was so happy seeing it in audio. The narrator was new to me but I was very impressed over the absolutely amazing job he did brining Brian and Landon to life in audio. Very enjoyable and highly recommendable, a must listen!

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  • Heidi G.(readinggrrl)
  • 20-11-20

Excellent

I couldn't stop listening to this book. The trauma Brian faces after being shot in school is so true to life that its almost hard to listen to but thats also what makes it so great. Landon saved his life but his trauma plays out in rage and wanting to petition for more gun control, for making changing that will have lasting change. Meanwhile Brian is scared to go back to school seeks out shooters when he is in public and has trouble sleeping due to the nightmares. But in the midst of all the chaos Brian also learns that life is short and sometimes you have to choose to hide or stand up. Although this book is full of hard stuff and reading about mass shooting is no easy task it is so well done that I couldn't stop reading. Yes it is horrific but like the news I couldn't turn it off. Excellent reading. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • naty
  • 02-12-20

Wonderful

One of the best books I’ve read and heard this year Thank you Eli Easton!!! The narration was very good made me appreciate the book even more Very very recommended!

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  • Dawn
  • 25-11-20

an excellent book

This book took on the horrific topic of a school shooting from the point of view of the students that witnessed it and it was done well. Brian and Landon’s friendship started because of the shooting and it’s aftermath and then turned into a relationship. Their romance was full of hurt / comfort and genuine caring. Brian had to deal with so much between school and home, that it was a relief to finally get to his well-deserved HEA. The narrator, Tristan Josiah, was a pleasure to listen to.

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  • Carra at Making it Happen blog
  • 24-11-20

Incredibly moving story

When you have a topic like school shootings the focus of a story, it can be tough for many people to read. The subject matter is disturbing on so many levels, and for some readers pushes buttons that they don’t ever want to be pushed. For me, living just under 15 miles from the school where the Parkland shooting took place, it’s common to see #MSDStrong bumper stickers and magnets on cars, or people wearing t-shirts in support of the school that’s right here in our community. While I may not have children of my own, I do have some in my family—and the thought that this could happen to one of them is terrifying. In Boy Shattered, the author puts you right in the thick of things with a depiction that goes beyond eerie, and might have you thinking twice about not just the possibilities in other schools, but in ANY setting where you don’t have total control of your own surroundings. Going through that from both Landon and Brian’s points of view (especially Brian’s) made for a highly emotional read—not just regarding the shooting itself, but also how it affects them both afterward. There’s a strong line of tension running through the book until close to the end since resolution is not immediate for the victims, something that is a powerful factor in Brian’s recovery. There’s even more drama added in the form of conflict with Brian’s father and his beliefs (the word that comes to my mind is “infuriating”. But alongside all that is the friendship and eventually romantic relationship that develops between Brian and Landon, and there’s an intensity between them that is supercharged thanks to the event that brought them together. You cannot read this book and come away from it unaffected. The subject matter is relevant and unfortunately ongoing in our lives today, and for some readers it may hit too close to home to be comfortable. Be prepared for a brutal, uncensored eyewitness look at one of the horrors of our current society…but also know that the author shows hope and strength in the midst of it all. 5 stars, full stop. This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language, sexual content, and scenes of a graphic and disturbing nature depicting a school shooting. This is a heavy read, just know that going in (and you’ll probably want to have something light and fluffy queued up to read next after it). The narration: I really enjoyed listening to Tristan Josiah’s narration of this book. The emotions were spot-on, and there was good differentiation in the character voices. I felt just as much emotion from the events as they occurred in the story when listening to the audio version as I did when reading the ebook. 5 stars for the narration!

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  • BlueRose
  • 24-11-20

High Angst, emotional and not to be missed

4 Blue Roses 3 Blue Flames Narrator Tristan Josiah rolled it up and drop kicked this beautiful delivery for extra points, right over the high beam. With his knack for poetic storytelling, he enhanced the message of the poems written by Brian. Listeners can expect to be thrown into an emotional tumble-dryer, ending up all wrung out and mangled clueless about the existential crises of a school shooting and the treatment of PTSD. His ability to carry emotion magnified the traumatic experience. This parked his name right up there between the hardened, well-salted narraters on our narrator wall of fame. Congratulations! His everyday American boy voice is perfect for this age group. The easy breathing and cadence of his voice sounded as effortless and natural as butter melting on a hot plate. Listeners will enjoy the high levels of suspense and mystery exponentially due to his excellent performance of the school shooting itself and the aftermath thereof. The love between these boys was carved out deeply by their experiences, which in turn laid out a whole new life for each of them separately and in their relationship. It is evident that they grew up extremely fast and they both are although traumatized, triumphed over the horror. I am disappointed in the lack of psychiatric support for the survivors of the shootings. The reality of help from the school and community connections as well as continuing access to mental health support was way too much neglected. It left a bitter taste because the believability of the horrendous experience during the shooting does not balance the aftermath and this immature-mature connection to the boys confused me because I am expected to believe these boys were left to fend for themselves. This is definitely an audiobook not to be missed as it delves deep into the truths and emotions experienced by persons who are involved in a school shooting. Happy Listening