Shatter Me

Shatter Me

I have a curseI have a giftI am a monsterI'm more than humanMy touch is lethalMy touch is powerI am their weaponI will fight backJuliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really car...

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Title:Shatter Me
Author:Tahereh Mafi
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Edition Language:English

Shatter Me Reviews

  • Whitney Atkinson

    I picked this back up on a whim because I've been dealing with anxiety lately and wanted to return to something comforting, so I decided to annotate one of my paperback copies. And I gotta say, It's.... weird returning to book one. Ignite Me is my favorite book of all time, and rereading that book is such an immersive experience that I always come out of feeling empowered. This book, on the other hand, holds such a special place in my heart because it's so relatable that it hurts. F

    I picked this back up on a whim because I've been dealing with anxiety lately and wanted to return to something comforting, so I decided to annotate one of my paperback copies. And I gotta say, It's.... weird returning to book one. Ignite Me is my favorite book of all time, and rereading that book is such an immersive experience that I always come out of feeling empowered. This book, on the other hand, holds such a special place in my heart because it's so relatable that it hurts. From Juliette's panic to her awkwardness to her resilience to the writing style, everything just hurts so good. There's parts of me that I see in Juliette, and there's parts of Juliette that I wish I could be better at. It's just such a refreshing and inspirational book to read because it's about someone who has been handed the shittiest circumstances and still looks for the best in others, perseveres, and demands what's right for her. It's about learning to trust and realizing your worth and giving people second chances. FUCK i'm about to cry typing this review. I love Juliette so much and I love Tahereh even more for sharing a story that touches the deepest corners of my heart. It's truly a life-changing book for me.

    I’ve always read this as the story of a sad, self-conscious, self-loathing girl learning to see past obstacles to find love in herself and to let others in. however, i haven't read this since summer 2016, so my experience of reading this after the election & other #stressful political happenings opened my eyes to a completely new underside of the story. It had always been visible to me but was it never at the forefront, but this time I noticed it so vividly: this is also the story about a deeply hurt and angry girl who wants justice. People always criticize Juliette for being weak and annoying, especially in Unravel Me, but when she pushes back against her fear and stands up for herself, it's jaw-dropping. I envy her ability to know what's best for her and hold others' happiness and safety above her own even though she's gone through so much turmoil and deserves to be the person being looked out for. I used to think that Juliette gets suddenly really strong in Ignite Me, but reading this closely just showed how ready she was for that transformation. In my annotated editions, I use blue highlighter to mark parts where Juliette is really badass, and I didn't expect to use it a ton in this one, but it's everywhere. Juliette is a pure and fearless motherfucker. Even in book one she has powerful quotes like "I'm not yours to want," and it challenges all the ideas Warner tries to install into her head.

    Which is where this book gets slippery. It's getting really, really difficult for me to reconcile Warner's actions in book one. I've definitely had others question how I ship Juliette with Warner after all he's put Juliette through in this book, and it's a valid concern. Every time I think about this book, i'm just kinda like “hahaha problematic warner but whatever.” But the more I reread, especially after ignite me came out, and ESPECIALLY during this particular reread, the more questions I have that I can only hope will now be explained in restore me. Don't get me wrong, this book still means so much to me because of juliette, but there’s no possible way for me to read this book with the mindset “omg i love warner!!” because he’s literally the villain and he does and says so many problematic, manipulative things. Honestly, I don't think it's fair to justify everything Warner does. While rereading this I was actually shocked at the amount of nasty things he says to her, that I obviously must have forgotten or blocked from my memory. Things like telling her she'll be miserable if she leaves him because no one else will want her, calling her a monster, professing his love for her even when she's clearly uncomfortable. In Unravel Me and Ignite Me he explains why he did these things and says that he regrets doing it, but... it seems to go

    far in this book. I almost theorize that Tahereh must have written warner in book 1 to continue being a villain throughout the series, but there's way too many threads that suggest otherwise (ie. the introduction of the angst behind warner's mom, the fact that she felt "electricity" during their kiss, etc.)

    I feel like I could write an essay about this topic: the inconsistencies of Warner's personality, and whether or not it's justifiable to forgive him for his "misjudgments" of Juliette. It's just so strange to me that Adam & Kenji can say "Warner is a lot of things, but he's not stupid," and yet Warner misreads her SO horribly. I mean, in the scene that he corners her and kisses her, he's literally saying "I want you to choose me" and "I love you" and later admits that he thought she was into it, EVEN THOUGH she literally said "You're sick/you're a monster/etc." and physically tried to punch him before he pinned her to the wall. If he's so smart, then why couldn't he tell that every time he talks to her, she's afraid and disgusted? Is it really that easy to mistake fear for excitement? Disgust for nerousness?

    His behavior is so coercive and manipulative, and even though I know he was just trying to get a reaction out of her so that she would abandon her fear and finally use her power, there's not nearly enough of an apology as I would expect for things of this magnitude. The reason why I don't consider Warner an outright misogynist is an incredibly nuanced (and long) discussion, but the difference between him and, say, a Colleen Hoover character is that while Warner is saying and doing problematic things, he is also being cast in a problematic light. He is literally the villain of this story for putting her in those situations. Had Juliette been like "omg he's pinning me against a wall and threatening me, he's so dominating <3" then that would a lot more concerning. But I'm gonna have to reread Unravel Me as well to refresh my memory on how Warner addresses these actions and words because I really don't think he apologized or explained himself well enough, and I think it's totally valid for Juliette to absolutely roast him in Restore Me for treating her so shittily. My outrage about it is fresh though, and maybe Juliette comes to terms with his actions in a later book that I've forgotten about.

    Also? Drag me, but Adam doesn't get enough credit in this book. I know we all love to shit on him--myself included--for the direction he goes in Ignite Me, but his place in her journey of self-discovery is vital. Imagine this book without Adam, without that glimmer of hope and self-love that he installs in her. He's the first person to reassure her of herself and humanize her. Sure, they're not right for each other in the end, but it's not okay to dismiss their entire relationship as bullshit, because he DID help her see herself as something other than a monster, and I can't even imagine what this series would have been like if it were only Juliette brooding alone in her room, dreading Warner, stuck there until Warner was forced to tell her the truth about his mom or until Anderson showed up to ask what was taking so long. Idk. There's so many important quotes from Adam in this book. Sometimes it falls into the type of narrative that feels like "ugghhhh, she needed a boy to 'fix' her," but in reality, sometimes your friends have your back and reassure you of your worth, and sometimes your friends are more than your friends. I could make a LIST of all the positive things Adam said to Juliette in this book that caused her confidence to sky rocket, whereas almost everything Warner said installed panic and fear in her.

    So clearly I have conflicting feelings, but none of them intercede with the fact that I still cannot get over how much I adore this story. Sure, Warner sucks and I unironically wrote "ew" by half the things he says to her in this book, but watching Juliette's transformation and relating to her insecurities and thought process, as well as remembering how much I adored this book as a young teen, it's always going to be a priceless experience to me.

    I think this is my fourth or fifth time rereading it? I didn't plan to but my aunt showed interest in reading it and I jokingly offered to read it out loud to her, and she said yes. Thus, I proceeded to read this entire book out loud to her. And it was worth it.

    And what can I say? I love this book. I fucking love Juliette. Reading it out loud made me slightly more aware of how lame her stream of consciousness can sound, and how the metaphors become exhausting after a while. But I've sort of accepted that book one is always going to be slightly uncomfortable to reread just because of the fact that so much has changed by book 3 that this is almost cringe-worthy. There's so much set-up for world building that never occurs. Honestly this book is more of a 3 star rating, but I can't bring myself to lower it. It was due for a reread since it had been just about two years, and, like always, I noted several things that I had missed or forgotten since I read it last!

    I'm not quite sure why i've never uploaded a review on goodreads for this book. I mean, I feel like it kind of goes without saying how I feel about it but ya know. This is my favorite series. If you're sick of dystopian and never want to read one ever again, make an exception for this one. Ignore the fact that the entire fandom (and myself) has probably majorly spoiled you. But this book. Holy shit. The writing. YES. The characters. YES. The plot. YES. The range of emotions. YES. I could tell you the things wrong with it, but no book is perfect. But if you want a book with characters that you will not be able to get out of your head and with a plot that will have you reading an entire trilogy in one sitting, this book is your friend.

    reread: July 2014

  • Rachel E. Carter

    Oh, and if you decide to cast Alex Pettyfer as Warner I would be cool with that.

    Okay, I have not properly reviewed this series since I read it a year ago (and I don't think I ever can because it would be ridiculously long and the book is so quotable that I would literally be citing the entire thing) but Shatter Me is one of my favorite series of

    And it has my FAVORITE LOVE INTEREST of

    Butttt, to anyone considering it, watch this:

    . I just found that fan video the other day and I can't stop watching it. I'm sorry but if that doesn't make you want to read this book you do not have a soul. READ. THIS. BOOK. You will either love it or hate it (depending on how you feel about prose) but if you love it than

    PS this review basically is a dedication to Alex Pettyfer as Warner. YOU ARE WELCOME.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead

    “...perfect shade of cobalt, blue like a blossoming bruise, clear and deep and decided”

    “…careful, curious”

    “… 2 buckets of rainwater; deep, fresh, clear”

    “…blue and bottomless like the deepest part of the ocean”

    “…tight”

    “…as tight as his fists as tight as the strain in his arms”

    “…bottomless blue”

    “…blue blue blue”

    “…midnight moment filled with memories, the only windows into my world”

    “… always shining the darkness”

    “…two pools of perfection, open, honest, humble”

    “…a sha

    “...perfect shade of cobalt, blue like a blossoming bruise, clear and deep and decided”

    “…careful, curious”

    “… 2 buckets of rainwater; deep, fresh, clear”

    “…blue and bottomless like the deepest part of the ocean”

    “…tight”

    “…as tight as his fists as tight as the strain in his arms”

    “…bottomless blue”

    “…blue blue blue”

    “…midnight moment filled with memories, the only windows into my world”

    “… always shining the darkness”

    “…two pools of perfection, open, honest, humble”

    “…a shade of blue in a midnight sky”

    “…like a white-hot poker pressed against my skin”

    “…touching every inch of my body”

    “…locked into mine”

    “… is fixed on me: calm, unflappable; 2 buckets of river water at midnight. I’d like to cry into his eyes”

    I’ve never been a purple prose type of girl. A book that will forever remain nameless spoke of “leaking wombs” and well it made me

    . It also introduced me to the entire concept of purple prose. Prose can be beautiful. I’ve read plenty of books where the writing touches me deeply and the author is simply writing about the sunset, or a walk in the park, or the plight of the poor. If the author is able to actually tell a story without distracting the reader with the prose, I’m all for it.

    That is not the case with “Shatter Me”. “Shatter Me” was

    over-done. It was

    tiring,

    distracting, and

    silly.

    At some point, I was

    overwhelmed by the prose and eager for the story. And don’t get me started about the crossing out of passages in the book. It was

    something I did not enjoy.

    Overall-

    I’m curious to see where the author can go since it is clear that she can write. I think someone needed to

    edit her prose down to a more controllable level so that people could enjoy the story rather than cringe with every every every

    incident of prose.

  • Emily May

    This is not a dystopia, it is a romance. This is not a novel, it is a collection of similes and metaphors, most of which do not make sense. I originally gave

    two stars because that's my sort of kneejerk reaction to books I don't like, but after thinking it over for a while, I can't recall

    positive about it that would justify a rating of more than one star.

    You're probably assuming - correctly - that I went into this book with low expectations. This is completely true. Any so-

    This is not a dystopia, it is a romance. This is not a novel, it is a collection of similes and metaphors, most of which do not make sense. I originally gave

    two stars because that's my sort of kneejerk reaction to books I don't like, but after thinking it over for a while, I can't recall

    positive about it that would justify a rating of more than one star.

    You're probably assuming - correctly - that I went into this book with low expectations. This is completely true. Any so-called "dystopia" with a runway model on the front cover leaves me feeling sceptical. However, I was also prepared to allow myself to be surprised; a lot of my friends loved this and one of the biggest criticisms didn't actually bother me - purple prose. I think there's a fine line in writing between the pretty and the purplish and different readers will define it in their own way. For example, some reviewers thought that

    was just a mess of bloated purple prose, whereas I thought it was one of the most beautiful books I read last year. I have a high tolerance level for flowery writing. But...

    's numerous metaphors, similes, and endless descriptions just didn't make sense. What is this?:

    I just...

    This is one example floating around in there, but every second sentence is like this! That's not even mentioning the annoying strike-outs. Trust me, no really,

    , I thought people were being overly picky when they said the crossed out sentences were annoying. I actually thought it sounded interesting, unusual, especially because the whole thing is meant to be written in a notebook and I cross stuff out in mine all the time.

    People didn't exaggerate: it will most likely drive you crazy.

    However, there was one thing that for me was even more annoying than the descriptions, the similes, the strikes, and that was the stupid repetition thing:

    Again, if it had been used once, or sparingly even, then it wouldn't be so bad. I may have thought it was an interesting literary technique. But

    had way way way too much of everything (see what I did there?).

    And story? What story? *sigh* It's about time we just opened up an entirely new genre called "Dystopian Romance" or alternatively "Romantic Dystopia", though I don't wish to be pessimistic, I'm pretty sure half the new releases of 2012 will make it into that category. If there was a story then it drowned amidst the waves of overenthusiastic and flowery prose. This reminded me of

    in that the dystopia was there to make the romance interesting. One was certainly there to complement the other, but it was the wrong way around.

    Also... kissing when you are fleeing for your lives?? I'm sure this is not the correct way of things, right? And yet it occurs in way too many young adult books. I'm like: "run, run, run!" but the characters are too busy swapping saliva. I must be old-fashioned in my thinking that staying alive is kinda important.

    There are a lot of things that, had they been there, could have convinced me to up this to two stars. One star ratings make me feel sucky. But I'm sorry guys, I wasn't even entertained. The beginning was intriguing but there was so little plot beyond the romance that it quickly became tedious. I hated the prose, I felt nothing either way for the characters, this series ends here for me.

  • Haleema

    I know many found this book to be oh so romantic, but I can't help but think how gross it was.

    :

    Mafi's style of writing varies. Let me categorize.

    :

    "I catch the rose petals as they fall from my cheeks, as they float around the frame of my body, as they cover me in something that feels like the absence of courage."

    "He says it with a small smile the size of Jupiter."

    :

    "Every organ in my body falls

    I know many found this book to be oh so romantic, but I can't help but think how gross it was.

    :

    Mafi's style of writing varies. Let me categorize.

    :

    "I catch the rose petals as they fall from my cheeks, as they float around the frame of my body, as they cover me in something that feels like the absence of courage."

    "He says it with a small smile the size of Jupiter."

    :

    "Every organ in my body falls to the ground."

    "There are 400 cotton balls caught in my windpipe."

    "My mouth is sitting on my kneecaps."

    "My jaw is dangling from my shoelace."

    "My stomach drops onto my knees."

    "I blush through my bones."

    "My spine is conducting enough electricity to power a city."

    :

    "I blush."

    "I blush."

    "His lips part. Close."

    "I blush."

    "I blush."

    "His lips part. Close."

    "I blush."

    "I blush."

    "His lips part. Close."

    :

    "I am an old creaky staircase when I wake up."

    "Warner thinks Adam is a cardboard cutout of vanilla regurgitations."

    Do I need to explain how shitty this writing is?

    :

    Juliette does nothing but sulk around, wait for death, whine, and has very creepy thoughts of Adam.

    Adam is just there...

    Warner is a pathetic excuse for a villain.

    I must admit that a few times, he had potential to be a good character. I thought he was the only character that actually had a purpose. He made me cringe with his insanity. He made me angry, made me feel uncomfortable. He was getting there. Then he would say something so cheesy, so inconsistent with his character, and just downright stupid that I lost all hope in him.

    Kenji was just fucking annoying.

    :

    Besides Juliette's constant whining and lameness and the cringeworthy romances, this story was just a sadder and lamer version of X-Men. It had too many X-Men vibes going on.

    :

    Mafi, if you wanted to capture me with

    unique prose, thinking that if you repeated phrases fifty times every once in a while, had painful metaphors, and an unnecessary abundance of irritating striking texts, then

    She speaks like that in real life...?

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