Review | Half Dead and Fully Broken by Kevin Craig (@KevinTCraig)
23 March 2015
Publisher: Curiosity Quills
Carter Colby is the most unpoplar teen at Jefferson High. This would be easier to deal with if his identical twin brother, Marcus, weren't the hottest, most popular boy in school.
When Marcus is killed in a motorcycle accident, Carter discovers the one thing more painful than trying to compete with Mr. Wonderful: wearing his dead brother's face. He felt invisible before the accident, but with Marcus dead, everybody turns away from him in mourning. How can he blame them? He can't bear to look in the mirror.
When Carter begins to see Marcus' ghost, Mr. Wonderful's quest to save the world and spread happiness may not be over after all, even in death. Marcus knows that Justin Dewar, the boy who drove the truck that crashed into his motorbike, is struggling with guilt of taking a life. Melanie, Marcus' mourning girlfriend, was also hit hard by the tragedy. Marcus wants to make things right before it's too late.
With Marcus' help, Carter experiences love and friendship for the first time in his life. But is Mr. Wonderful's helping hand enough for Carter, Melanie and Justin - three kids fully broken by the tragedy - to save one another?
When I first read the summary of this book I was really intrigued and knew I wanted to read it. Unfortunately, I couldn't commit to the blog tour but CQ were kind enough to send me an ARC to read when I found the time to.
When the book opens you meet Marcus and Carter Colby who are twins but polar opposites. Marcus is the popular one and Carter is the one no one ever pays attention to. That all changes when Marcus dies and Carter is left behind. Suddenly the boy who is invisible becomes visible because he looks exactly like the boy who died. This is made even harder when Carter starts to see his brother's ghost and he proclaims that he is there to help but doesn't know when that help will be needed. Carter also starts chatting to Mel, his brother's girlfriend and Justin, the guy who killed Marcus (albeit unintentionally).
For me, this book didn't live up to the expectations I had in my mind, I didn't hate it but I also didn't love it. I think half the trouble was I couldn't connect to the characters and I wasn't sure on the book all the way through or where it was ultimately going. The ending for me felt a bit rushed and the book, because the chapters were so small, a bit bitty. I wasn't itching to pick it up and continue to read.
Don't get me wrong, I did love parts of this book, it had an interesting premise and one I had never thought about: what would happen to the twin left behind when tragedy struck? But I just couldn't fall in love with the book or the story.