Monday Memories: SHATTER ME

 Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)Summary from Goodreads: 
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

I first read Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi over a year ago, at the beginning of 2013.
I was floored. Shattered, if you will.
I’d never read a book like this one. The strike-throughs. The writing style. The insanity. The unashamedly raw writing. I still think about this book a lot when I am writing, when I’m trying to express a character’s particular voice in my writing. I think about this book when I’m reading other dystopian books. I compare so many other books to Shatter Me, still. Even now. And when the final book in the series came out, I just – just – Ugh. It was so perfect. So intense. So amazing.
Anyway, here is my 2 sentence reaction from when I first read it:
“I loved the writing style and quirkiness of this book. Juliette’s stream of consciousness narration is so much like how I experience life, how I write and think and sometimes talk.
I could really relate to her, her little bit of craziness got inside my head, and I loved it.”

Monday Memories is an original feature/weekly meme created and hosted by Miss Print and the Book Bandit. We created Monday Memories because we both love and collect books and wanted to talk about them. We hope you’ll want to share too.
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Now that you know how it works, here’s what it is: Monday Memories is super simple. Just take a photo of a book from your personal library (or a library book that’s significant to you, etc.) and talk about why it matters. Is it your first ever signed book? The first book you reviewed on your blog? Whatever it is, write it up in a Monday Memories post and share it. 

4 thoughts on “Monday Memories: SHATTER ME

  1. It’s always nice to have a book that leaves you thinking long after it’s finished. I remember being really impressed by the bold formatting choices in Shatter Me–though sadly the strike throughs were sometimes a little hard on my eyes.

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    • Yeah, the formatting was what made such a huge impression on me. I can see how it would be challenging, though. I remember there being a lot of white space on the pages in the first book, but not so much in the others. Have you read the whole series?


      • I haven’t and I’m not sure I will but I did have someone spoil the end of book three for me and I give Mafi so many props for going in such a bold direction with the series.


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