30 Reviews in 30 Days – Day 1

“Broken Hill High” by Sheridan Anne – Review

BY: BRITTANY LEWIS


‘Go live with Nate Ryder,’ they said.

‘Everything will be fine,’ they said.

Are they nuts?

Nate Ryder has been the bane of my existence for the past five years. He’s made it his personal mission to make my life a living hell and now my parents expect me to go and live with the guy for the foreseeable future.

No thanks. I’d rather gouge out my eyes with a toothpick than live with him and his little brother, Jesse. Only problem is, they have my parents wrapped around their little fingers, thinking they’re the good little boys they pretend to be.

But I know better, and so does the rest of Broken Hill High.

Nate Ryder is not to be messed with. He’s a bad boy through and through. A bully. A guy who doesn’t care who he has to step on to get what he wants. He’s the devil and he knows it.

Now that devil is my roommate.

I better hold on tight because this is going to be one bumpy ride. One where I can guarantee that I won’t come out the same.

Goodreads

November marks a time of challenge. Some choose to participate in “No Nut November ” to bring awareness to testicular cancer while others challenge themselves to write a whole novel in 30 days for National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo. This year I’m taking on my own challenge, writing 30 book reviews in 30 days. #30Reviewsin30Days

It’s been a while since my last review – thanks Angie for keeping Reading Our Shelves going! – and I miss it. I’m rusty, but I think I’ll get the hang of it so please join me on this journey.

Besides November being 30 days, for my 2022 Goodreads Reading Challenge I chose my goal to be 30 books. As of three days ago, I completed reading 31 books (not counting about 4-5 of the children’s books I read with my class while at work). 30 seems to be my lucky number 🙂

So for the next 30 days, I will be posting a review every day going through the books in my Goodreads Reading Challenge.

The first book I read in 2022 was “Broken Hill High” by Sheridan Anne. This is the first book in a 5 book series. The second book, “Broken Hill Halo” was unfortunately put on my did not finish (DNR) list.

I rated “Broken Hill High” a 4/5, but I cannot recall why. Honestly I can barely remember the book at all. It melts together with a lot of what I’ve read the past 2-3 years, romance.

The concept of the book, and the series as a whole sounded like it was up my alley. An old friendship strained, a bully romance. Hell, I started my love of the subgenre with Penelope Douglas’ book “Bully”!

“Broken Hill High” just didn’t do it for me.

It had all the tropes and all the angst and New Adult themes and scenes, but the execution and writing just didn’t hold up. I was able to finish the book, apparently enjoying it since I rated it highly, but with the second book boring me enough to DNR it I cannot recommend this series.

What I do remember about this book is that the protagonist’s parents have to travel for work or something and request she stays with her mom’s friend, but because she is 17/18 and dislikes the older son of her mom’s friend the protagonist decides to stay at home. Something happens, I believe the male love interest – even though he bullied the protagonist the last few years – noticed she wasn’t eating and secretly cared for her, and the male love interest ends up kidnapping her. Eventually the two reconcile, mostly due to teenage hormones and close proximity rather than healthy or mature connections. The protagonist has a healthier friendship with the younger brother (2 year age gap I think?) than with the male love interest.

“Broken Hill High ” did not click with me, I can’t even remember the protagonist’s name and honestly I don’t care. The synopsis says the male love interest’s name is Nate, but it’s so inconsequential to this review. This book is just a copy and paste bully trope that thinking back was really boring. Because of that I am giving a new score of 2  ☆ ☆.


Join me tomorrow for Day 2 of my 30 Days, 30 reviews where I talk about Monica Murphy’s “Things I Wanted to Say, But Never Did.”

Author: Brittany Lewis

29 years old, paraeducator. I love to bowl, draw, read and to write. flow.page/raeyl

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