Monday, September 21, 2015

Never Broken Review

TITLE: Never Broken (Songs Are Only Half the Story)
PUBLISHER: Blue Rider Press
PUBLISHING DATE: September 15, 2015

FROM GOODREADS: New York Times bestselling poet and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Jewel explores her unconventional upbringing and extraordinary life in an inspirational memoir that covers her childhood to fame, marriage, and motherhood.

I remember when Jewel first hit it big and I always knew her teen and young adult life was difficult, so when I saw she was releasing this book, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy. First let me say that I think the cover is gorgeous. It embodies exactly what I envision when I think of Jewel. I also thought the parts of the book that documented her childhood, her messed up family and her struggle not just to get her music heard, but to actually survive without getting killed or dying were great. However, I did have some struggles with the book.

Jewel definitely has a way with words. It is evident in her songs, her previously released book of poetry, and in this book, but at times, I found the novel to be too wordy. The other main problem I had is that I found this book to be about 50% autobiographical and about 50% self help oriented. And I really don't like self help books very much, especially when I am not expecting them.

Anyone who loves Jewel will find value in this book. In fact, even if you aren't a big fan, if you like self help books that focus on overcoming obstacles, learning from your experiences and moving on, you will find value in this book. I have to be honest though and while I gave this book 3 paws, I did so primarily because I love Jewel and I loved hearing her story, not because of the way it was told.

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.



  1. That's pretty cool, I didn't even know she had a book out. Not really a fan of the self help type books personally.

  2. I didn't realize she had s book out until this weekend when I saw she's gojng to be in town signing copies. Good to know about the self-help-y-ness of the book. Not into that either.