Cracked by K M Walton – book cover, description, publication history. Bullying gets a thorough examination in Walton’s YA debut, a stark, but often heavy-handed story that alternates between the perspectives of. I have had Cracked by KM Walton in my TBR pile for an obnoxious amount of time, at least two years which is totally unreasonable as it is so.

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The fact that they were only in the psych ward for 5 days, yet both characters fell in love and figured themselves out really annoyed me. It wasn’t written terribly, but cracmed plot and characters felt more like an after school special than real people.

Learn how your comment data is processed. Victor keeps mostly to himself. Bull has bullied Victor all throughout school, and Victor fantasizes about hurting and killing him in his head, while Bull simply thinks Victor is annoying — and takes the pain out on him. And then after what is perceived as Bull’s suicide attempt the two end up as roommates in the psych ward of the hospital.

Cracked by K.M. Walton

The same could be said for Victor, who has a family member step in and offer him the sort of love he was missing out on from his parents who, I should note, bg on a European vacation and when they heard Victor had tried to kill himself, continued their trip anyway. He comes from a broken home where he lives with his alcoholic mother and abusive grandfather.


They have a long history — Bull has been the schoolyard bully since kindergarten and Victor is a perpetual victim. Visit her online at KMWalton. Mar 10, Mary-Megan rated it it was ok. I’m not entirely sure I got where their wisdom came from so quickly. Their issues were clearly connected to the things that had happened to them in their lives. That said, I nearly put the book down in the first 30 pages.

Then they’re committed for five days and after four days they’re magically cured? After his dog who was the only one that valued him passes away he is devestated and swallows a bottle of pills.

Teaching became a reality for K. Bull has physical injuries that limit his mobility, and Victor, well, he just hides.

Though their solutions are different, they end up together as they search for meaning and a reason to carry on. All criticisms aside, I was well and truly satisfied by the ending of this novel.

When Bull and another patient on the unit, were caught in Bull’s bed by the nurse, they would have been punished in some manner. I hoped for a little more between Victor and Bull, too. Because of this, Bull continues being a bully because, well, it helps him feel like he has some sort of power and control in his life.

Victor hates his life. Cracked encourages readers by normalizing pain — we all deal with it; what matters is how we deal with it. Internal External Conflicts 1 1 Feb 27, I’m so glad you reviewed this, Kelly—I’ve really been wanting to read it, and my library doesn’t have it!


The bad parts were bad, but the simplistic solutions, and overly neat ending made everything that came before seem less significant. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. And she just did an amazing job really getting into the head of both her main characters to the point that I found myself getting a fair bit worked up over both of their predicaments wow, ‘predicament’ really almost belittles the content of the story.

So I had wanted to read Cracked for a long time, since the cover and synopsis were released. As his name might suggest, Bull is the bully here and Victor is his target. Now both boys are roommates in a psych ward, involuntarily committed for five days after “suicide” attempts.

However, they are more victims of horrible home lives. They both have troubling home lives, with Victor living with parents who ignore him in pursuit of their own happiness and Bull living with an abusive mother and grandfather. In the case of suicide attempts in minors, some states have mandated reporting to child welfare.