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Broken Hearts & Zombie Parts

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Jesse Spark hat in wenigen Wochen eine Operation am offenen Herzen, die eine große Narbe auf seiner Brust hinterlassen wird. Es ist mir vollkommen egal, ob manche Situationen / Szenen ein wenig over the top sind, denn alles ist so passend und niedlich. The problem is, he has a heart condition that will put him under a knife in 2 months, so time is of the essence. You can tell that this story is super personal to the author and he did such a fantastic job in bringing the characters and their struggles to life. Yet another triumph from William Hussey, one of the most powerful and important voices we have in YA right now.

In both books the main characters feel like they are missing a huge part of the story and are they desperate to find out what's happening. This was just so much fun, I was expecting this and it didn’t disappoint at all, it delivered everything I wanted and more.The way that this book addresses the fears of both survival and self-esteem afterwards are so amazing that I was left wondering who read my diary. Das ganze Buch ist in der Ich-Perspektive geschrieben und gibt einen wundervollen Einblick in das Leben des Jungen, den wir begleiten. From thrillers for Young Adults to gripping whodunnits for grown-ups, he has written in almost every genre of fiction. And his latest book, Broken Hearts and Zombie Parts, is a rom-com about a boy who needs an open heart operation.

This is (once again) a phenomenal book, it’s cute, it’s fun, it’s clever, it’s adorable, it’s hilarious, it’s emotional (I sobbed like a baby), it’s just EVERYTHING OKAY? Er erinnert mich in seiner ganzen Art ein wenig an Stiles Stilinski aus der „Teen Wolf“ Serie und Gott, schon allein deshalb liebe ich ihn. Yes, it's a gay romcom but there is so much more to this book - family relationships, friendship drama, body image issues, and facing a major life changing event when you're only 17.

But more than that, it's also incredibly moving, dealing deftly with body dysmorphia and fears when approaching a major surgery/life-changing medical event. But Hussey skillfully weaves in a more serious undercurrent, while still keeping the overall tone light, and doesn't overlook the challenges faced by young LGBTQ+ people today. Everything you could want from a YA book, great characters, zingy one-liners, and a swoony as heck romance. There were a couple of moments throughout the book where he either mispronounced or placed the stress on an odd part of a word or sentence, but other than that it was an excellent quality audiobook.

Fall in love before this surgery lands him with a huge scar - because how will anyone ever fancy him after that? The motivations of some characters were intriguing, but the resolution tied everything up beautifully. I've only read books by Simon James Green that can tackle emotionally upsetting moments with hilarious comedic moments and not feel like emotional whiplash. I would recommend this for fans of Simon James Green, because it's so funny, and especially the main character is hilarious.I’m not sure if it was the British-ness of the characters or what, but MC Jesse Spark reminded me a great deal of both Charlie Spring ( Heartstopper: Volume One) and Noah Grimes ( Noah Can't Even), who are two other gay teen characters I’ve adored in recent years. This is such a great read and deals with important issues about body image issues, medical conditions and general teen anxieties but handled in a sensitive way and keeping the humour throughout. I think Jesse is quite a relateable teenage character, and his passion and talent for movie making was inspiring and believable and not overdone. The main character, Jesse, is a gloriously nerdy, passionate, self-doubting teen, who just happens to be facing a very serious medical condition; something that is dealt with with sensitivity and good-humour without diminishing the range of fears and concerns that it brings up.

It was just so heart-warming and emotionally touching, and was exactly what I needed from a book right now. It was for me predictable at times and I knew certain things from the get go but I still enjoyed the ride and getting to know the characters on a deeper level. Although some serious themes were dealt with in this story—such as body image, internalised homophobia, bullying, death of a parent (past tense), to name a few—the overall tone of the story was upbeat and full of heart-warming and humorous moments that both charmed and amused. is one of my favourite authors, and I have loved all of his books, especially The Outrage and Killing Jericho. There is some homophobia in the story, but I thought that it was handled well, as well as some hints at internalised homophobia.Fall in love before this surgery lands him with a huge scar – because how will anyone ever fancy him after that? I asked myself several times how realistic it is that these young people are making this zombie film and doing it so professionally, and then I thought „Who cares, I love it and all I want is for Jesse to be happy!

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