Broken Image by Rene D. Schultz (Review by Shelly – #NerdGirlXrayer)


Title: Broken Image

Author: Rene D. Schultz

Published Date: June 21st 2014

Genre:  Contemporary


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Women are constantly pressured with the overwhelming message that achieving ‘perfect beauty’ is mandatory to be accepted and successful.

Mercedes survived a childhood with a hateful and mentally ill mother who constantly called her an ‘ugly duckling.’ Now, at twenty-nine, she’s a brilliant financial icon in Beverly Hills. She knew she was not beautiful, or stunning, or even close to either. She was plain, simple, and ordinary. Take this journey with Mercedes and her four friends who live in a city that judges a woman solely by her outside and not her inside. Will the pressure to obtain beauty become her downfall? Will Mercedes be forced to face decisions that would change her life forever? Or will reality raise its ugly head and teach her the biggest lesson of her life?


***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***
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***Shelly – #NerdGirlXrayer’s Review***
This book centers around Mercedes who suffers from low self esteem that stems from her childhood and relationship with her mother.  All of her friends conform to society’s definition of beauty by getting anything from botox to plastic surgery.  Their way of helping Mercedes gain self esteem was to encourage her to get some enhancements to her body and image.
As the story progresses Mercedes gives into them and gets some work done.  As the work progresses she then has to deal with attention from men and this leaves her confused.

I wanted to scream at Mercedes not to listen the her friends peer pressure and love herself for who she really was.  When she is confused and doesn’t know how to accept the attention you can feel her pain.  Mercedes deals with a lot of sadness on dealing with who she has become.

It was very interesting to see how the author described places and things in detail getting you to see the beauty in it.  This book will makes you want to shake the characters, cry, smile, and think what are you doing at times but it does portray a reality in that society is focused on beauty.

In the end it makes you realize that you need to believe in yourself and be true to who you are.  It made me sad throughout the whole book that Mercedes gave in and conformed to what she thought was acceptable to her friends.  However the ending was a huge surprise.  It was not a cliffhanger.  If you want an emotional read that makes you think about the everyday struggle to fit in then read this book.


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