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Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite
Appearances are not always what they seem. In Victoria Maurer’s Challenge Me: Broken, Lizzy faces the challenge of deciding who she loves. Lizzy tells Jason she wants nothing to do with him after he doesn’t respond to her confession of love. She confides in Mark, her best friend, who is roommates with Jason. While he is supportive of Lizzy, he secretly wants to be more than just friends. On the evening of a swim meet, Jason’s mother, who is dying from cancer, insists on buying Lizzy dinner. When they arrive back at the dorm, Lizzy follows Jason into his dorm room. She finds Jason’s girlfriend present. Feeling betrayed, she tries to run from Jason. They argue and Lizzy falls down some stairs. Mark intervenes and takes her to the emergency room.
I have to admit that Mark is the most patient and supportive man I could ever imagine. Victoria Maurer created a type of dramatic love triangle, with Lizzy being the center of it all. I didn’t like how Lizzy handled her situation with Mark and Jason. She has a way of manipulating people without caring for their feelings. No matter what decision she makes, someone is going to get hurt. The story flow is natural, and the dialogue is engaging in this college romance story. If I had been in Lizzy’s place, I would have chosen Mark. Jason was too flaky for my taste. The conclusion leaves a perfect opening for a sequel. Readers who like dramatic romance stories with the realistic features of the characters on full display will enjoy Challenge Me: Broken.