A Compendium For The Broken Hearted

Rated 3.50/5 based on 2 reviews
Twenty stories are meant to make you, in turn, very sad and very happy. There are about ten themes which are discussed in the book in both Breaks, which try to capture the instant a person's heart breaks, as well as Hearts, which are much sweeter in nature and evoke positive feelings. The final result, of course, is meant to be a bittersweet feeling. More
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About Meredith Miller

I think that before anything else, books are about heart. When I write, I do it first and foremost for somebody else. Why not make my writing free then? because I put a lot of time into it and should at least get a little bit in return. Despite that, my biggest prize is to imagine somebody being helped by my writing.

I have two wonderful children and a supportive husband. If not for him I may have never been able to write.

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Review by: Amy Shannon on Nov. 25, 2017 :
Good collection

It's a collection of stories written by Miller. They all had a similar tone but were well written, and it was a nice collection for her to share. The stories lend to the reader's emotions going up and down. It was well worth the read.
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Review by: Andrew Mowere on Aug. 30, 2016 :
Disclaimer: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

A Compendium For The Broken Hearted was a good book. These stories seem written FOR this book, instead of them being awkwardly put together leftovers. Many of the characters are likable, even those who end up going bad or bitter. The ones you are meant to hate will be hated, and there are about four true twists. I feel Meredith's interpretations of "good" are a bit too naive, but that's okay.

There are some techniques she used that work together well. The classic "First line=last line" was one of them, as well as her use of names and bitter narration. Lastly the themes and her views on them were delivered well.

Meredith's writing is character heavy, which causes me to wonder why she chose to do twenty stories in between 2.5 and 3.5 thousand words long. At times, I felt her stories needed a little more fleshing out. Also, the concept of Breaks and Hearts was good, but many of these stories are family based, and you can tell based on the story's numbering whether you're reading a break or a heart. Often, she foreshadows what the twist is going to be, and then you are left wondering HOW something is going to happen instead of WHAT.

In the end, I'd say this book is well worth the buy. (less)
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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