Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Broken People by Scott D. Hildreth

5 Beautifully Written Lipsmacks!

From time to time, a book comes along, and makes you stop. It makes you stop and second guess who you are, what you’re doing in life, with life, and for the ones you love. This is that book. Through colorfully painted characters, “Broken People” forces the reader to reflect on self. There will be a broken part of you in one (or all) of these characters, guaranteed.

The Fat Kid is a self-proclaimed therapist who devotes his life to help people that have difficulties helping themselves, people he considers to be ‘broken’. When he encounters a bulimic teenage girl through his internet blog who threatens to commit suicide, he begins to reflect on parts of his life that he has spent years repressing. He continues to assist her, and many other ‘Broken People’ through his blog. When he meets an extremely independent teenage girl who challenges him, his way of living, and his way of viewing life, he reluctantly listens. In doing so he challenges his past mistakes, his future, and ultimately he finds himself.

Intentionally becoming obese in an effort to shield himself from the approach of outsiders wanting to better understand him, The Fat Kid hides behind his thick outer self. With an overbearing obnoxious attitude, he allows few people to enter his otherwise private life. Most of the people that he encounters come from his internet blog, and pose no real threat to him or to his odd lifestyle.

Through his reflections on past experiences and his online assistance to others, we are exposed to alcoholism, addiction, drugs, racism, relationships, homosexuality, love, romance, teen relationships, parenting, teen sex, codependency, divorce, obesity, overworked parents, teen pregnancy, bulimia, bathroom selfies, tattoos, parenting, education, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and photo sharing are all discussed at length. The result is a book that will have you laughing, crying, contemplating your own life, and the lives of your parents and/or children. A must read for parents and children alike, regardless of age. It gives teens and young adults an honest look at what parents consider, and provides parents with a realistic view of what teens are exposed to in today’s competitive social networking world.

My review:
WHOA! This book definitely makes you think! Think about what the fuck you’re doing in life, with life, and for the ones you love. I always try to view things from all possible angles and this book will make you do just that. And yes, it will make you reflect on yourself and your past, the decisions and choices you have made and will make. Learn from your mistakes, except your flaws, break those chains, destroy your past and give yourself a new be the best "you" you can be to yourself and others.

Some of the the most powerful, thought provoking, and unforgettable quotes from the book that hit home for me, and will quite possibly be the start of a new tattoo inspiration:

"Then, there is love that just is. The love that can't always be explained. The love that, according to those that have it, can't ever be anything but what it is. Endless."

"That person doesn't give you reason to live. That person is your life. Love that just is."

"Time passes, and nothing and everything changes. Don't live half asleep. Don't drag your soul through the days. Feel everything you do. Be there physically and mentally. Do things that make you feel this way as well."

"If someone makes you think, keep them. If someone makes you feel, keep them."

"God didn't break our chains for us to be bound again. Alcohol, drugs, depression, addiction, toxic relationships, monotony and repetition, the bind us. Break those chains. Destroy your past and give yourself a new life like God has given you."

"This is your life. Your struggle, your happiness, your sorrow, and your success. You do not need to justify yourself to anyone. You owe no one an explanation for the choices that you make and the position you are in. In the same vein, respect yourself."

"We make adjustments in our lives to get by, to survive. Sometimes we don't actually heal. We make adjustments. We deny. We mask. We cover up. We hide things."

"Letting down others hurts me far more than letting myself down. It disappoints me greatly to disappoint others."

"Guilt turns to pain for those of us that have a reasonable amount of common sense. I like to think that I possess a tremendous amount of common sense, therefore, I have a tremendous amount of pain."

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