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Peek Inside Flawed

Sarah O'Brien and her brother made a pact years ago--James will protect her if she promises to never leave him. With a tiny kiss and a broken mind, he asks for more than she can give. Sam Donavon has been James's best friend--and the boy Sarah's had a crush on--for as long as she can remember. And he's not about to let Sarah forget her half of the pact...


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He’ll never let her forget her half of the pact…

Sarah O’Brien is only alive because of the pact she and her brother made twelve years ago—James will protect her from their violent father if she promises never to leave him. For years, she’s watched James destroy his life to save hers. If all he asks for in return is her affection, she’ll give it freely.

Until, with a tiny kiss and a broken mind, he asks for more than she can give.

Sam Donavon has been James’s best friend—and the boy Sarah’s had a crush on—for as long as she can remember. As their forbidden relationship deepens, Sarah knows she’s in trouble. Quiet, serious Sam has decided he’s going to save her. Neither of them realizes James is far more unstable than her father ever was, or that he’s not about to let Sarah forget her half of the pact…


"A gripping look into the lives of a broken family, and one girl's struggle to end the cycle of abuse." - Pretty Deadly Reviews

"Intense, dark, painful, wrenching and stunning, FLAWED is a fabulous debut that dances in the gray areas in the most perfect of ways." - A Good Addition

"FLAWED takes love and twists it into something deadly." - Shortie Says

"Kate Avelynn created a book so powerful, so gut wrenching, nothing will ever be the same." - Words, Pages, and Books

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781620612361
Release Date: Dec 11, 2012
Page Count: 336
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, coming of age/family/social issues, forbidden love/off limits, older brother's best friend, unrequited love

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4.75-5 Stars

**WARNING** I’m an emotional wreck and cannot control the verbal vomit that will most likely come out of my mouth. So with that said, the following may contain spoilers and some expletives. You have been warned. Proceed at your own risk :)

You'll never know dear, how much I love you... ...more



“I’ll always love you and make you happy,
If you only say the same.
But if you leave me to love another,
You’ll regret it all someday”

To say “Flawed” was an emotional read would be an understatement. I’m not gonna lie. I was exhausted when I finished this one. It was intense, heart brea... ...more

By l a i n e y February 23, 2017

"Why can’t I be enough?
I want to be enough so fucking bad"

This was messed up.

James O'Brien will forever be the character that I would have loved and shed real tears for IF I ever got the chance to get to know him. What a waste.

These people lives were so messed up and so so sad. It focus... ...more

By Annie January 03, 2013

OH crap! I want to read this book...but ummm, after reading Forbidden and how it shattered my heart to the point of becoming inconsolable and not able to read another book for like a week, I am so scared to read this. Though these crazy, twisted, sick stories are always the ones that jump out at... ...more

By Rosalinda *KRASNORADA* February 21, 2013

I cannot rate this book but will try my best to review it

I finally decided to rate this after 2 days, I cannot get this out of my head so I guess that's a good signal

Why can’t I rate the book? I don’t know, maybe I will be able to do it after a few days but most of the book I felt it was a 3 s... ...more

By Christy November 27, 2012

This was a story of devotion, loyalty, tragedy, love, guilt, beauty, and betrayal. At times I loved it, other times I hated it. I was angry, happy, disgusted, heartbroken and moved. After reading it I really felt emotionally raw.

After finishing this, I found myself thinking... What did I just rea... ...more

By Aму December 23, 2012

**Because of some of the comments that I've seen about this novel, I want to start by saying that this isn't a story about incest. That label feels misleading and many readers will be turned off when they're assuming that this features a romantic relationship between two siblings.**

This is a real... ...more

By K September 20, 2013

5 Breathtakingly-Haunting Stars

"You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.
You make me happy when skies are grey.
You'll never know, dear, how much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away."

Beautiful. Heart-Shattering. Devastating. Dark. Broken. Gut-Wrenching. Hope. Love. Forbidden. Taboo.

I... ...more

By Victoria November 26, 2012

Let me tell you something about how I read. Sometimes, I loll through a book, savoring every detail. Other times, I loll...but it's because I'm bored stiff. And on very RARE occasions, I turn into a raging lunatic who's prone to wild outbursts of irritation when anything--and I do mean ANYTHING--... ...more

By Clarifina February 07, 2013


       What can I say really? That Flawed shattered my heart? That I love it despite this fact? What else is new? Okay, so for some of you who don't want to read this book because of the incest factor, please don't be turned off by this. It's not really an incest novel. It's not like Forb... ...more

By Laura November 25, 2012

I just finished this book an hour ago (after reading it every spare moment I could over the past 24 hours), and I'm not sure I've fully processed my reaction, but I still feel like I need to release some of what Flawed has made me feel. So here we go...

One thing is for sure: you cannot read Flawe... ...more

By Jasprit December 02, 2012

4.5 stars

After finishing Flawed I felt like an empty shell, numb and raw. Sometimes I enjoy books which leave you feeling crushed, like your heart has been taken and thoroughly stomped on. It takes a lot for me to be left so affected by a book and only a few this year have been able to leave me f... ...more

By Jessirae November 23, 2012

Beautiful and devastating all wrapped in one heart shattering, soul moving book. Flawed broke me, crushed me whole and devoured my every being. Kate Avelynn created a book so powerful, so gut wrenching.. nothing will ever be the same.

Sarah O’Brien was the strongest protagonist I have ever encoun... ...more

By Di Covey March 01, 2015

4.5 Devoted Stars!!!

I feel like I was punched in the stomach. Then put in a choke hold. And I loved every moment.

I might come back with 5 Stars. I need to think. I need to become one with my feelings. I need to go to church, pray for my sinful thoughts.

Well, I'm still not sure how I feel, it'... ...more

By Jena November 21, 2012

This book hurts my heart. It hurts my soul. Shattered me into a million pieces. These words... Like razor blades across my skin. It's beautiful and intense and earth shattering. Flawed takes love and twists it into something deadly.

When you're put in an impossible choice, is there really a right... ...more

By Jan December 22, 2015

I am a sucker. Here I am rooting for... the bad guy?
Was James the villain?
Not for me.
James, James ,James, my beautiful boy...
I wish with all my heart that everything could have ended up as a fairy tale.
However, there was no other way. Was there? Such a tormented soul with no help.
I want to shake... ...more

By Amanda November 22, 2012

Flawed has to be one of the best books I've read this year!! It was emotional, dark, intense book and full of love that it was overwhelming. From the very beginning I was hooked and that first page then went to 80 pages... it was addictive. Flawed was one of the best debuts I've read, and everyon... ...more

By Angela January 25, 2016

I picked up Flawed because I'd never heard it brought up without Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma being brought up after. Forbidden is one of my all time favorite books, so I knew I had to pick it up. I get why they are being constantly compared, but truth be told they have very little in common. If I... ...more

By Sanny November 28, 2012

I can't rate this right now as my emotions are all over the place.

You told me once, dear, you really loved me

And no one else could come between.

But now you’ve left me and love another;

You have shattered all my dreams."

...neither am I sure where to start on my review, so first things first: this i... ...more

By Anatea May 13, 2016

This review is also posted on my blog, Anatea's Bookshelf.

Amazing, Beautiful, Hart wrenching, Dark, Emotional, Powerful, Intense, Shattering, Overwhelming.
These are just some of the emotions I experienced while reading this book. But they don't give the book justice, because what I felt while r... ...more

By Katee January 06, 2013

Holy Jesus, Mary and Joseph. I don't even know where to start.

This book DESTROYED me. Like I'm sitting here, crying in a seriously borderline hysterical manner and I can't seem to stop. That said, just WOW. I was right there with Sarah the entire time. There was no distancing myself from the eve... ...more

By Brandi December 22, 2015

I am a devastated. I am heartbroken. I am forever changed.

“You told me once dear, you really loved me
And no one else could come between.
But now you've left me and love another;
You have shattered all my dreams.”

Lines blur and lives are forever altered. Honestly, I don't know how to express my f... ...more

By Jess (the cozy reader) November 23, 2012


My emotions and my heart are in a gigantic tumbleweed! This book was just so heartbreakingly good. Oh but heavens to Betsy, that ending, oh that ENDING!

"you are my sunshine, my only sunshine"

Yeah, that song is going to bring tears to my eyes for a while. ...more

By Chiara February 04, 2017

Oscuro, ti ghermisce e non ti lascia più andare.

Sapevo davvero a cosa andavo incontro, quando ho iniziato a leggere questo libro? No. Una risposta semplice, per un libro che mi ha abbattuto pagina dopo pagina, senza che me ne rendessi conto. L'ho capito solo alla fine.

L'ho capito quando ormai era... ...more

By Katherine September 06, 2013

"You are my sunshine, my only sunshine,
You make me happy, when skies are gray;
You'll never know dear, how much I love you,
Please don't take my sunshine away."

Setting:Granite Falls, Washington; 2013

Coverly Love?:Normally, I don't like extremely simplistic covers, but I really like this one, for... ...more

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3.75 avg Goodreads.com rating
Kate Avelynn

About the author

Kate Avelynn

Kate Avelynn lives in Oregon with her husband, whom she fell in love with at eighteen after realizing he shared her obsession with music, sports, and psychoanalysis. When not devouring books, holding down her editing gig, or attempting to coax life out of the weed patch she calls a "garden," Kate writes dark, young adult romance that blends first love, betrayal, and danger. FLAWED is her debut novel.

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