Book Review: Break by Hannah Moskowitz

I am the type of person that continuously gravitates towards the same books if they are of significance to me. By significance I am making reference to the fact that they captivated me in one way or another and possessed something that truly stood out to me.

There are a handful of specific texts I am able to read over and over without becoming bored of them, and the novel Break by Hannah Moskowitz is one of these texts. I actually used this book for my grade eleven independent study unit and I have read it approximately half a dozen times since.

Break depicts the fictional story of Jonah, a seventeen year-old boy who is fiercely close to his younger brother Jesse. Jesse suffers from extreme allergies and his condition has caused a tremendous amount of stress between Jonah’s family members. As a means to deal with such stress Jonah embarks on a self-destructive mission to harm himself in order to give his family strength through his healing, and as odd as it sounds it is truly a fantastic and emotional read.

I recently learned that Moskowitz composed this book when she was a junior in high school, a fact that astonished me. The quality of Moskowitz’s writing is undeniable, and considering she created this novel at such a young age I respect her talent deeply. Her characters are realistic, raw and profound, and despite being a rather easy read I find myself returning to this book so many times because it is such a phenomenal story. Her writing is quirky and humorous yet simultaneously professional and mature, and these combinations can be difficult to designate in writers.

If you’re looking for an enticing and moving read, I highly recommend Break. It discusses topics that are highly relevant in contemporary society and never disappoints.

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