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Broken beautiful hearts
First edition.
New York : Imprint, 2018.
Physical Description:
401 pages ; 22 cm
Injured high school soccer star Peyton Rios escapes to a small southern town after an abusive relationship leaves her reeling, and meets someone new.

Star soccer player Peyton Rios has an offer from her first-choice college-- until she confronts her boyfriend about performance enhancing drugs, and finds herself falling down a flight of stairs. Now her knee-- and maybe her dream of going pro-- is shattered. With her future on the line, Peyton goes to stay with her uncle in a small Tennessee town to focus on her recovery. When she meet Owen Law she doesn't trust him-- she senses that Owen is hiding something.
Reading Level:
Ages 15-18.


Call Number
TEEN Garcia, K.
TEEN Garcia, K.

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From #1 New York Times -bestselling author Kami Garcia comes a red-hot romance that will break your heart and put it back together again.

Her heart has to break before it can open.

When star soccer player Peyton Rios receives an offer from her first-choice college, senior year starts off exactly as planned. But when Peyton uncovers her boyfriend's dark secret, she confronts him--and finds herself falling down a flight of stairs. Peyton's knee--and maybe her dream of going pro--is shattered. Everyone is talking: Was she pushed, or did she fall? Peyton knows the truth, even if no one believes her.

He has to let someone in before it's too late.

With her future on the line, Peyton goes to stay with her uncle in a small Tennessee town to focus on her recovery. Dating is the last thing on her mind--until she meets sweet, sexy Owen Law.

But Peyton doesn't trust her heart, especially when she senses that Owen is hiding something. When their secrets are finally exposed, Peyton has to decide if love is worth fighting for.

An Imprint Book

"Garcia has become synonymous with a certain breed of drama-filled, compulsively readable romance ." -- Bustle

" Something wonderful happened to me as I read this--I fell in love. Genuine, shattering, deep, heart-pounding love." --Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe

" A slow burn that squeezes your heart so tightly you can't breathe . . . until it explodes, and you're left with a beautiful story that will draw you back again and again."--Abbi Glines, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Field Party series and the Rosemary Beach novels

" Kami Garcia knows the anatomy of the teenage heart --what makes it race, what makes it break, and what makes it mend. Sexy, gritty, and romantic-- Broken Beautiful Hearts is a must-read for anyone whose heart has been broken and dared to love again."--Danielle Paige, New York Times bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die and Stealing Snow series

" Broken Beautiful Hearts is deliciously sexy, dangerous, and heartfelt . You'll root for Peyton to open her heart, despite the risk, and try to get all the things she wants. Kami Garcia has weaved a story that lingers in your heart long after it's done ." --Dhonielle Clayton, coauthor of the Tiny Pretty Things series and author of The Belles

"Kami Garcia never fails to impress with her amazing characters and captivating romance !" --Cora Carmack, New York Times bestselling author of Losing It

"Kami Garcia knocks it out of the park with this compelling, emotionally gripping story... one of my favorite reads of the year! " --Elle Kennedy, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Off Campus series

"With an absorbing storyline that feels both raw and real , and a compelling heroine with a backbone, Kami Garcia's Broken Beautiful Hearts kept me riveted to the very end." --K.A. Tucker, USA Today -bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths Series and Until It Fades

"Peyton's journey from trauma to recovery is a satisfying one...and readers will be rooting for her." -- VOYA

"Peyton is a strong, well-rounded character...[the] theme of overcoming past injury and rebuilding your life is strong and worth reading." -- Booklist

Author Notes

Kami Garcia received a MA in education, and taught in the Washington DC area before moving to Los Angeles, where she was a teacher and reading specialist. In addition to teaching, she was a professional artist and led fantasy book groups for children and teens. She is the co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series with Margaret Stohl. She also wrote Unbreakable, which is the first book in The Legion series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

Publisher's Weekly Review

Peyton Rios thinks that receiving a letter from her first-choice college to play Division I soccer is the start of a perfect day. But things go south after she confronts her boyfriend, Reed, about his use of steroids as a shortcut to becoming a professional mixed martial arts fighter. Reed loses his cool and pushes her down a flight of stairs, wrecking her knee and destroying their relationship. Soon after, Peyton's mother insists that she move away to live with her uncle. The only things on Peyton's mind are recovering from her injury and getting ready to play soccer in college, but her plans are derailed when she meets Owen, an MMA fighter like Reed who has his own secrets. Garcia's suspenseful romance will keep readers turning pages, eager to find out if Peyton is vindicated and ends up with the right guy. Amid steamy moments and swoony descriptions of falling in love, Garcia (The Lovely Reckless) tackles a serious issue head-on, drawing from her own experiences with an abusive boyfriend. Ages 15-up. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Peyton's dream of playing college soccer is jeopardized when her 'roid-head boyfriend Reed, a mixed-martial-arts fighter, shoves her down the stairs then denies it. With her knee wrecked and Reed stalking her, Peyton leaves DC for small-town Tennessee, where a new relationship awaits--and where mean-girl cheerleaders are annoyingly clichid. Still, the suspenseful romance targets serious subjects: domestic violence, steroid use, grief. (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

YA veteran Garcia (The Lovely Reckless, 2016, etc.) gets hearts racing with a well-paced novel of romance and the sweet science.Peyton is a biracial (Cuban-American and white) high school senior in Washington, D.C., who was just offered a spot to play soccer for her top-choice university program when an injury turns all her plans on their heads. This was no accident on the pitch, though: Peyton was pushed down a flight of stairs by her abusive mixed martial arts-fighting ex, landing on her knee. In the aftermath, in which her ex denies any wrongdoing and she receives anonymous threats, Peyton escapes by moving in with a beloved uncle and his twin sons in rural Tennessee. Though her hope is to focus on school and healing, fate has other plans as another up-and-coming kickboxing and MMA fighter, Owen, becomes an inescapable presence in her life. Peyton is wary of fighters and even more dubious about her own instincts, struggling with anxiety and post-traumatic stress related to her father's death and her own assault. Though some readers may find the frequent alpha-male posturing thrilling and romantic, it becomes tedious after the third testosterone-fueled fight takes place only halfway through the book. If the reader can stick out the brooding and violence, the conclusion is satisfying. Owen is white and there is diversity among the secondary characters.A tense buildup with a suitably happy ending. (Sports romance. 15-18) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

After Peyton discovers her MMA fighter boyfriend is using steroids, their confrontation goes terribly wrong. Reed pushes Peyton down stairs, shattering her knee and ruining her dreams of a college soccer scholarship. What's more, no one believes the truth about Reed, including his sister and Peyton's best friend. While Reed becomes more frantic and stalks Peyton, her mom uproots her to small-town Tennessee to recover. There she meets Owen, a boy with secrets of his own, and finds herself drawn to him, despite knowing she should stay away. Peyton is a strong, well-rounded character dealing with grief over her soldier father's death and recovering her soccer dreams. The supporting male cast is full of testosterone, ready to fight at a moment's notice, even when the girls tell them they can handle themselves. Lots of fists fly as arguments and fights over relationships happen, and Peyton and Owen's relationship is more lust than love. But the overall theme of overcoming past injury and rebuilding your life is strong and worth reading.--Thompson, Sarah Bean Copyright 2018 Booklist