This story shook me to the core. It is so emotional and so layered. It is so much more than just another New adult novel.
Shatterproof starts slow but once it gets its momentum is absolutely amazing. Griffin Stone and Frankie Moore met at the shelter for battered women where Frankie lives after she went homeless and where Griffin is helping battered women by doing the sculptures for them. At first Griffin thinks that Frankie is also a victim of abuse, but when she tells him a truth (which is that she was never a victim, but almost become one) he is already too much into her to stop their relationship.
Griffin is a son of abuse and his mother never left his abusive father. He thinks that he will also become abusive and that’s why he doesn’t want a serious relationship. Frankie is a college graduate and she is “jump first, think later” kind of person. She knows that she would like to become a professional photographer, but does not pursue this goal very diligently. Their worlds, but especially Griffin’s, are completely changed when they meet and fall in love,.
Although Frankie is not sure what to do with her life, she is strong girl and she is the one who helps Griffin to cast away his demons. She does not take any stupidity from him and she pushes him out of his comfort zone. Griffin is a dark and complex character. At the beginning of the story he is full of rage. He resents his father and has strong mixed feelings about his mother.
The topic of Shatterproof goes beyond a love story. The author deals with issue of domestic violence, children who are witnessing it and the question why victims stay in abusive relationship. But it also demystifies the idea that domestic violence is related to poverty or particular social status, because Griffin parents are neither poor nor his father is alcoholic.
Shatterproof is a great story written from a dual POV that deals realistically with the issue of domestic violence. Readers should be warned that the story contains scenes of violence without which the story would not be authentic. So if one does not have problem with it, read this story, it is truly magnificent.
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