Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Bought from B&N
Published November 15, 2011
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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.

In all honesty I wasn't expecting a lot from this book. I didn't think that there could be much of an interesting plot around a girl who had a killer touch. As soon as I started the first paragraph, I was hit full force with Mafi's incredible writing. I then knew that this book was going to be anything but ordinary.

I absolutely adored the writing style in Shatter Me, it was absolute perfection. I loved that as a reader, I didn't miss out on a single emotion or thought that was going through the main character, Juliette's, head. The story was told in first person from Juliette's point of view and I've read other books with a first person narration, but oh my goodness the voice in the book made me feel like I was Juliette at times. Mafi let us see everything that the main character was thinking and feeling, nothing was held back.

I also love how some words and phrases were repeated to emphasize the importance of what we being said. Another unique aspect of the writing style was that sometimes phrases were crossed out. The crossed out parts were what she was really thinking, but not wanting to admit to herself, just extremely raw and oh so perfect! And along with all the metaphors I was in nerd heaven!

The main character, Juliette was an incredibly strong and selfless heroine who just wanted to be 'normal'. While growing up she lived with her neglectful parents and was taken out of school after an incident a couple years before the book begins. We're first introduced to Juliette while she's in the insane asylum and has had no human contact in over two hundred and sixty four days. I can't even imagine how lonely and just down she must have felt. I don't want to give anything away because one of the best parts of this book are all the surprises at every turn of the page. I will say she only spends the beginning part of the story in the asylum, so don't worry about not getting your adventure fix!

There was also a very, very loving and flipping gorgeous guy in Shatter Me, but like I just said I don't want to even give a name or anything like that because I was a little surprised, with well... things. (Read it and you'll know what I'm talking about!)

I seriously didn't see the ending coming! I was literally so mesmerized by this book that when I went to go look at the next page I read 'Acknowledgments' and was like 'uh, what? Wait a second... Nooooo! It can't be over!' I also loved where the events of the story took our characters and the fact that I didn't ever know what was coming next!

Amazing Quote:
"Hate looks just like everybody else until it smiles. Until it spins around and lies with lips and teeth carved into the semblance of something too passive to punch."

Characters: 5/5
Creativity: 5/5
Voice: 5/5
Plot: 5/5
Impact: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

Shatter Me is an absolutely incredible book about a girl who just wants to be accepted for who she is. It's jammed packed with adventure, romance and heart-pounding suspense. I wish I was Juliette. Juliette is an amazingly strong and dynamic character. We all have a little bit of her in us, we all just want to be accepted and loved for who we truly are. This review doesn't do this book justice. This will be my new go to recommend book because, in all honesty, this book is absolute perfection and I can't say enough positive things about it.  It is one of my favorites! I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel!


  1. Sounds stellar. Thanks for the glowing review :)

  2. Now you've made me want to read it even more! C'mon, mailman, I'm dying here! Anyways, I'm so happy you liked it so much, I can't wait to read it for myself! Thanks for the review!

  3. Katie, I'm dying to read this one now !! Your reviews always do that to me .. I don't know why I haven't bought this one yet !!

    I need to know who this hot guy is !!

  4. This book seems to be amazing! =) Again, I'd really like to read this someday =). (I should be doing an Amazon shopping soon with all these amazing books in English).

    And thanks! I'm already done with The Hunger Games and I can't wait to go tomorrow to the library and get Catching Fire! =)

    Thanks for the review on this book!

  5. "I felt like I was Juliette." Awesome. And I love that there are so many surprises in store - particularly her love interest. Exciting that it's not predictable!!!! Now I can't wait to read Shatter Me :)

  6. oh wow! i think this is a perfect book for me=)

  7. I love that quote! This book is on my wishlist.

  8. I want this one sooo bad! I've been scraping and saving to buy it and now, after your review, I can't wait to read it. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson has the same sort of writing style. At least with the whole crossing out thing, I loved that about it.

  9. Amazing review! I am currently reading this and you couldn't be more right! Mafi's writing hits you full force from the first paragraph. It's very unique. I'm loving this book so much right now!

  10. While the writing style didn't work for me, I did really enjoy the villain-he has such presence and I can't wait to find out how Juliette will be pursued in the future.