~ I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. ~
When E. Graziani reached out to me about reviewing one of her novels, I was seriously on top of the world. My Bookstagram was still fairly new at the time, and I absolutely did not expect to have authors asking me of all people to review their books! It was incredibly exciting.
From her catalog of books I chose Breaking Faith. I’m a fan of heavier contemporaries, so the synopsis sounded right up my alley. She sent me the book, and I was ready to jump right in and be swept away in the world of Breaking Faith.
“Faith Emily Hansen just wants to be loved and to live without the weight of addiction. But the lure of drugs is strong. The relief that she gets from being wrapped up in the cozy little cotton ball of heroin is impossible to ignore.
Faith’s story starts in her earliest days, before drugs, before her family falls apart. Before her mother leaves. Before her sister betrays her, taking away Faith’s last connection to home. She eventually becomes consumed by the need to “chase the dragon” – the heroin addiction that seems to keep the Darkness at bay, but leads her to live on the street. The determination to find love and comfort that lures Faith to drugs is ultimately the same stubborn force that can drive her to recover.” Goodreads
Breaking Faith is the story of a girl at war with her past, with a choice in front of her to either overcome her rough upbringing, or fall into the same traps as her mother. E. Graziani captures the voice of a teenager well, and I found myself fully engrossed in Faith’s story, not wanting to put it down but at the same time wanting to yell into the book at Faith for the decisions she was making!
I felt the story was fairly realistic, there were times where I thought it was a little on the safe side, but overall the story felt real. It broke my heart to see her falling into so many traps, knowing exactly where it was going to get her but not being able to do anything about it, and at the same time knowing these are very real traps that people fall into on a regular basis.
Overall, I feel that this novel was a well done, and maybe even necessary, look at a darker side of life. I truly enjoyed reading it, and hope to check out more of her novels in the future.
My rating: ★★★★/5