Griffin Stone knows the stats. Sons of abusers become abusers. This is his single fear.
After witnessing firsthand his parents’ tumultuous marriage, Griffin worries that he, too, harbors an explosive dark side. Can he escape from his father’s rage-fueled ways or is he destined to become part of the cycle?
Unable to persuade his mother to leave and wrestling with his resentment towards her for staying, Griffin volunteers at Holly’s House, a safe haven for abused women. Through sculpture, Griffin gives these women pieces of themselves they’ve long forgotten. Holly’s House is the only place where Griffin finds peace and purpose.
Until he meets Frankie Moore.
Frankie is an aspiring photographer, finding beauty in things most people miss, including Griffin. Griffin is attracted to her free-spirited, sassy attitude but fears Frankie will trigger the most intense part of him, the one he must keep buried.
Frankie’s got to get her act together. Her anything-goes behavior is leading nowhere fast. She’s hopeful that her latest hobby will be a building block for the future. But when a stranger appears on the other end of her camera, looking as complex as he is handsome, Frankie thinks this might be just the change she needs.
This story shook me to the core. It is so emotional and so layered. It is so much more than just another New adult novel.
Shatterproof starts slow but once it gets its momentum is absolutely amazing. Griffin Stone and Frankie Moore met at the shelter for battered women where Frankie lives after she went homeless and where Griffin is helping battered women by doing the sculptures for them. At first Griffin thinks that Frankie is also a victim of abuse, but when she tells him a truth (which is that she was never a victim, but almost become one) he is already too much into her to stop their relationship.
Griffin is a son of abuse and his mother never left his abusive father. He thinks that he will also become abusive and that’s why he doesn’t want a serious relationship. Frankie is a college graduate and she is “jump first, think later” kind of person. She knows that she would like to become a professional photographer, but does not pursue this goal very diligently. Their worlds, but especially Griffin’s, are completely changed when they meet and fall in love,.
Although Frankie is not sure what to do with her life, she is strong girl and she is the one who helps Griffin to cast away his demons. She does not take any stupidity from him and she pushes him out of his comfort zone. Griffin is a dark and complex character. At the beginning of the story he is full of rage. He resents his father and has strong mixed feelings about his mother.
The topic of Shatterproof goes beyond a love story. The author deals with issue of domestic violence, children who are witnessing it and the question why victims stay in abusive relationship. But it also demystifies the idea that domestic violence is related to poverty or particular social status, because Griffin parents are neither poor nor his father is alcoholic.
Shatterproof is a great story written from a dual POV that deals realistically with the issue of domestic violence. Readers should be warned that the story contains scenes of violence without which the story would not be authentic. So if one does not have problem with it, read this story, it is truly magnificent.