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Destroy Me

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Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of...

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

111 pages, ebook

First published October 2, 2012

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Tahereh Mafi

38 books42.9k followers
Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Shatter Me series. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California with her husband, fellow author Ransom Riggs. She can usually be found over-caffeinated and stuck in a book. Shatter Me is her first series, with television rights optioned by ABC Signature Studios; Furthermore, her first middle grade novel, is on shelves now, and Whichwood, its darker companion, will be on shelves November 14, 2017.

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Profile Image for The Burning Rose (Jess).
161 reviews324 followers
November 17, 2020
5/5 heartbreaking stars.
This novella is a must-read for anyone reading the series.
While reading, you may feel how much you cannot contain Warner's feelings. This person is a mess of disappointment, bad influence, abuse and anger from the world around him. So much pain, shame, hatred- all in a 19 year-old boy. Many readers hated Warner in the first book. I didn’t. I knew -felt- how many walls were around him, walls he had built. I noticed that his behavior was a red light. In this novella you see exactly how he does it. How he builds his walls, how he suffers. You understand what was behind every decision and every move he made in the first book.

Beware, my friends, after this novella you won't have a way back. You won't be able to resist your love for Warner. Because this kid will break your heart to pieces.
Profile Image for Christine Riccio.
Author 3 books101k followers
June 27, 2013
DAMNIT WARNER. couldn't put this novella down... THAT NEVER HAPPENS WITH NOVELLAS.
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59 reviews67.8k followers
August 23, 2022
From Warner’s POV, I read this out of order but it would’ve been so helpful to understand why he loved Juliette had I read it when I was supposed to at the beginning!
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714 reviews48 followers
August 22, 2015
Update 06-19-15: Tahereh Mafi has just announced that Shatter Me is going to be a tv show! OHMYGOD. I have so many feels! We are finally going to see a physical manifestation of Warner! WHY ISN'T EVERYONE ELSE FREAKING OUT?!

It would be a huge mistake if they don't cast Hunter Parrish because he looks perfect as Warner!



October 16, 2012! I watched Tahereh Mafi's video of this saying that Destroy Me is written EXCLUSIVELY from Warner's point of view!

Tahereh Mafi, you've already shattered me with your first book, and now you're destroying me (in a very good way) as well!


Update 6-25-12: The publication date was moved to October 2nd! Oh yeah!


AFTER READING: I don't know why it took me so long to read this, but omg! TEAM WARNER! If Juliette ends up with Adam, I would cry.

Favorite quotations:
1. I watched the unassuming outline of this girl I could not see and did not know, and I felt an unbelievable amount of respect for her. I admired her, envied her composure--her steadiness in the face of all she'd been forced to endure. I don't know that I understood what it was, exactly, I was feeling at the time, but I knew I wanted her all to myself.

2. Her face keeps cropping up, her journal taunting me from its place in my pocket. And I begin to realize that some small part of me doesn't want to wish away the thoughts of her. Some part of me enjoys the torture.
This girl is destroying me.

3. I don't consider myself a moral man. I do not philosophize about life or bother with the laws and principles that govern most people. I do not pretend to know the difference between right and wrong. But I do live by a certain kind of code. And sometimes, I think you have to learn to shoot first.
Seamus Fletcher was murdering his family. And I shot him in the forehead because I thought it'd be kinder than ripping him to pieces by hand.

4. I almost forget that she still hates me, despite how hard I've fallen for her.
And I've fallen.
So hard.
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505 reviews17.5k followers
May 15, 2022
Reread: like always AARON MF WARNER IS AMAZING. In this novella his feelings are written sooo well. You can def tell that he is not only obsessed with Juliette and also his relationship with Delalieu is kind of cute.
The dreams are also always interesting and the QUOTES MY GOD AHHH I LOVE HIM.
Definitely should read this if you love him

his pov will always be superior and I devoured it. you can see the changes in his thinking about juliette and it is amazing every time i read it
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785 reviews1,334 followers
May 2, 2020
love is heartless bastard

On the one hand, I want to give this all five stars because Warner, but on the other hand, I cannot do so because this was some other Warner. I hope that he will remain the same and by that, I mean the slightly evil but still totally irresistible. Well, no still because I just cannot get enough of wicked characters, those are just the best.
Profile Image for Zemira Warner.
1,569 reviews1,037 followers
October 2, 2012
...from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner.

But I don't hate Warner. I looove him.

I didn't thought I could possibly love Warner more but I was wrong. My God,he is such a sweetheart. That scene with the dog killed me. I recently saw Equilibrium and something similar happened over there.

I don't usually rate novellas/short stories but in this case I will make an exception.

Full review to come.
Profile Image for Ahmad Sharabiani.
9,566 reviews56k followers
April 15, 2022
Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5), Tahereh Mafi

Destroy Me is a young adult dystopian novella written by Tahereh Mafi, published on 2012. Set after Shatter Me and before Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز پنجم ماه ژوئن سال2017میلادی

عنوان: نابودم کن؛ نویسنده: طاهره مافی؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان ایرانی تبار ایالات متحده آمریکا - سده21م

داستانک یا رمانک «نابودم کن»، شرح رخدادهای بین رمانهای نخستین (خردم کن)، و دومین (رهایم کن)، از زاویه ی دیدگاه «وارنر» است؛ اگرچه «جولیت»، برای آنکه بتواند، از چنگال «وارنر» بگریزد، به او شلیک کرد، اما «وارنر»، هرگزی نمیتواند به «جولیت» نیندیشد، «وارنر» میخواهد آنچه در توان دارد، انجام دهد، تا «جولیت» را، دوباره بدست آورد؛ اما آنگاه که، فرمانده ارشدِ «ری-­استبلیشمنت (بازسازی)»، سر میرسد، که نقشه های دیگری برای «جولیت» دارد، نقشه هایی که «وارنر» نمیتواند بگذارد، عملی شوند؛ ....؛ خانم «طاهره مافی»، داستانی روانشناختی را با عناصر علمی-تخیلی و معمایی، به نیکویی درآمیخته اند؛

تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 04/02/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ 25/01/1401هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی
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366 reviews109k followers
July 9, 2013
I honestly i thought i was with Adam all the way. But reading this has completely changed my perspective on everything, i am so TORN. I cannot wait to read unravel me now..

Also the new perspective was refreshing an allowed more insight on what was happened. I almost cried twice when i found out various truths while reading this..
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266 reviews6,174 followers
December 29, 2020
Well, this exists. I wish it didn't.

Destroy Me is the novella that takes place during the events towards the end of Shatter Me. Unfortunately, it's written from Warner's perspective, which simultaneously disgusts me and makes me want to unsubscribe from life.

In case you're new to this series, Warner is the psycho stalker who also happens to be *ahem* irrevocably in love with Juliette, the protagonist of the Shatter Me series. He had a revelation sometime off-page because all of a sudden he is disgusted with himself (it was about time) and decides to make Juliette love him by being nice to her. Who would have thought. Who would have thought.

This novella is so short and also so problematic. Apparently Warner is the preferred love interest. Adam may be bland, but at least he's not, well... a serial killer with serious problems. I've read some reviews of Adam's novella, and he gets worse. But so far, even though I want to erase both men off the face of the earth, Adam is better. Because at least he isn't evil. I don't care about Warner's tortured past or whatever, that's not an excuse to be a terrible person. He's not even a compelling terrible person, like Cardan or Kaz. He's just bad.

1.5 stars, rounded up because of that one side character who kept trying to get Warner to drink coffee
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54 reviews439 followers
September 30, 2022
“this girl is destroying me.”

this novella did in fact, destroy me

so can we all admit we fell more in love with aaron warner after reading this novella.
— we got to see things from warner’s perspective and saw he really is just a lost, tortured soul and is not as cold as he gives off. we were shown his vulnerability—but also saw he just wants to be with juliette and wants her to love him.
i enjoyed reading his perspective and his fascination with juliette and his quest to have her. he thinks he has found someone just like him and feels she will understand that they’re the same and will love him for him.



“she must’ve done something extraordinary, and i wasn’t even there to witness it.”
losing my mind over this!!!

“and i felt it then: this strange, inexplicable sense that she might be the only person in the world i could really care about.”

“i’m safe in the company of her thoughts; i feel welcome, somehow. understood. so much so that some days i manage to forget that she’s the one who put this bullet hole in my arm. i almost forget that she still hates me, despite how hard I’ve fallen for her.
and i’ve fallen.
so hard.”
Profile Image for Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.).
401 reviews427 followers
February 13, 2018

Re-Read : (13/02/2018)

I love Warner so much !, I've possibly already mentioned in my old review down here, but I'll say it again. This book is so necessary if you're reading the Shatter Me trilogy, I think that will give you a new perspective of Warner and his personal story, you can't miss this one, of course it's a 5/5 Stars for me, always


Original Review: (26/06/2016)

“I almost forget that she still hates me, despite how hard I've fallen for her.
And I've fallen.
So hard.
I've hit the ground.”

Oh Warner ! . I'm officially in love with this character !. This has been, Hard, Raw and Real ... So many feelings ...

I think this novella is one of the best I've read. This well thought out and recited, so that you can see the soul of the character, it's like, breaks his armor and we see Warner for what he really is, how he has arrived where it is and why.

This reading has come to my heart and I think it has been written by the author in a very intelligent way, no doubt , we understand many things that Warner has said and done in Shatter Me. And all those things made me love this character even more !.

“I’ve come to believe that the most dangerous man in the world is the one who feels no remorse. The one who never apologizes and therefore seeks no forgiveness. Because in the end it is our emotions that make us week, not our actions.”

I have marveled reading the Warner's feelings toward Juliette! . It's just beautiful !. It is so real and sincere, the manifestation of him dreams, desires and darkest thoughts, has been brilliant; I really hope that at some point of the following book Juliette achieves to know all there in the head and in the heart of Warner, because, really girls!, who would resist !.

“She is a soft, deadly creature. Kind and timid and terrifying. She's completely out of control and has no idea what she's capable of. And even though she hates me, I can't help but be fascinated by her. I'm enchanted by her pretend-innocence; jealous, even, of the power she wields so unwittingly. I want so much to be a part of her world. I want to know what it's like to be in her mind, to feel what she feels. It seems a tremendous weight to carry.
And now she's out there, somewhere, unleashed on society.
What a beautiful disaster.”


Officially I hate Warner's father , he has so much power over his son and knows exactly how to make him suffer and he achieved disarm him so easily only with words. I think he may have a greater role in the plot during the next book and that makes me very nervous.

So I'm excited to start with Unravel Me ... I'm looking for a lot in this next book, I hope it to reach my expectations.:)

“This girl is destroying me.”
Profile Image for Ninoska Goris.
256 reviews156 followers
January 2, 2020
English - Español

In Shatter Me Juliette seduced and then wounded Warner with his own weapon to escape and help Adam, but Warner is still obsessed with her.

For people who do not like spoilers, I suggest to leave this supplementary book to the end because it gives way too much information. It is written from Warner's point of view and for me it is as wonderful as I thought.


En Shatter Me Juliette sedujo y luego hirió con su propia arma a Warner para escapar y ayudar a Adam, pero Warner aun esta obsesionado con ella.
Para las personas a las que no les gustan los spoilers les sugiero que dejen este libro complementario para el final porque da demasiada información. Esta escrito desde el punto de vista de Warner y para mi es tan maravilloso como pensaba.
Profile Image for Layla.
328 reviews358 followers
September 27, 2022
~ 2 stars ~

Okay, I think Warner just needs a therapist, that's all I got from this story. And honey, he's OBSESSED. This isn't love, it's obsession. Like sir, please, this isn't healthy.

But this book was slightly better than the first book for these reason:

• it was shorter. Less suffering. It went by quickly.

•no Adam and Juliette making out every .5 seconds.

• even if I don't like Warner. at least he has a personality (even if it sucks) unlike Adam.

Now here are the reasons I didn't like this book:

• It made no sense. Warner seems like a completely different person. A complete 180 from who we knew in Shatter me. Even if this is supposed to be the start of his redemption arc (a tragic backstory doesn't redeem a person for being terrible, just saying) , or to help us see what is going on inside his head, it could have at least hinted at that from Juliette's POV. Like perhaps a bit of sympathy from her, or him opening up to her a tiny bit.

• It was a bit unnecessary. I don't understand why there are so many add ons to the "original trilogy". Because I feel like I must read the .5 books, because they are there for a reason, even if the reason is so minor. And it was repetitive. We just followed Warner doing the same thing in different variations.

• It could have at the very least used this book to give some world building, but instead it was just 100 pages of Warner being angsty.

• I still don't see the appeal with Warner. I just read an entire novella from his POV and I got nothing. He still concerns me, and is big fat red flag. His possessiveness isn't cute. And I would be able to ignore it, if Adam made up for it. But Adam has no personality. So basically, both love interests are trash. Not that Juliette deserves anything more.

That seems to be the only thing me and Warner Bros. agree on:
A betrayal that somehow seemed impossible. That she would leave me for a robotic, unfeeling idiot like Kent. His thoughts are so empty, so mindless; it's like conversing with a desk lamp. I don't understand what he could've offered her, what she could've possibly seem in him except a tool for escape.

Anyways, hopefully the series gets better. And at least this book was a fast read, and if you are considering reading this, it doesn't hurt to do so. But I got nothing of substance out of this, and if anything, it just made me more angry.
Profile Image for Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥.
522 reviews34.4k followers
March 15, 2018
Warning: Do not read if you didn't read "Shatter Me" and don't want to be spoiled?! *lol*

I'm not quite sure if an additional short story to a series can really spoil you, but I thought I might warn you just in case! ;-P
But then again the only people who will read this will be people who loved the series so umm.... We're good?! *lol*


First of all: I already liked Warner in “Shatter me” and to read his POV in “Destroy me” only caused me to love him even more! XD

I L.O.V.E. Warner and I want to hug him and heal his broken heart! Gosh! That poor boy! That lovely ruined and lonely little thing! To read what he thinks, what he feels and to know that Juliette’s written words and actions destroyed him… It was just too much to bear! T_T
I hated to read how much he struggled and how broken he truly is and I really really really hope that Juliette will give him a chance to win her heart. >_< His love for her is so intense that it actually hurt and I don’t even know how he’s able to get up each and every day. I mean, hell she shot him and considering his feelings this must have hurt at least as much as the wound! =(

Well anyway! I liked his relationship with Delalieu and I hated his father! With a fierce passion! *grrr*
That scene where he almost choked his own son? Gosh how much I despise him!
Can anyone get rid of this man in the next few books? *hires Celaena*

Since I’m a sucker for quotes I’m going to end this review with the ones I liked the most:

The things I said to her.
A tight breath.
The way I touched her.
My jaw tenses.
If it were nothing but sexual attraction I’m sure I would not suffer such unbearable humiliation. But I wanted so much more than her body.

Yesh, you wanted to love her and she shot you! Dang it! T_T

“I drop the bread back onto my plate. “My opinions,” I say to him, quietly this time, “should not so easily break your own. Stand by your convictions. Form clear and logical arguments. Even if I disagree.”

I adored him for that sentence alone! XD

“His hand closes around my throat.
The movement is so rough and violent I’m almost relieved. Some part of me always hopes he’ll go through with it; that maybe this time he’ll actually let me die. But he never does. It never lasts.
Torture is not torture when there’s any hope of relief.”

That moment killed me, I swear! >_<

“I did not bring her on base to exploit her ability. And I certainly did not expect to fall for her in the process.
But these truths and my real motivations will be buried with me.”

Jeez! Hopefully not!!!

“A look into her mind.
And though the anticipation is killing me, I’m also acutely aware of just how badly this might backfire. I’m suddenly not sure I ever want to know. And yet I do. I definitely do.”

Warner is so torn it’s almost painful! XD

“On the battlefield, I’m able to disconnect myself from the motions I’ve been taught to memorize. I’ve developed a reputation as a cold, unfeeling monster wo fears nothing and cares for less.
But this is all very deceiving.
Because the truth is, I am nothing but a coward.”

You’re brave Warner! So brave! Don’t let anyone tell you any different!!!

“But there are some things I do not forgive.
I don’t consider myself a moral man. I do not philosophize about life or bother with the laws and principles that govern most people. I do not pretend to know the difference between right and wrong. But I do live by a certain kind of code. And sometimes, I think, you have to learn how to shoot first.”

It was so sad that all his efforts had been in vain, but he’s trying to be a good person and that counts for something! =)

“Love is a heartless bastard.
I’m driving myself insane.”

Warner you truly destroyed me… in the best possible way!

And with that sentence
my review actually ends! ;-)
Profile Image for Claudia Lomelí.
Author 8 books74.3k followers
December 26, 2015
Yes Warner, yes, I will marry you.

I really liked this novella, and I'm glad I read it after Ignite Me, because I was discovering these great things about Warner at the same time Juliette was <3. And I just knew it! I knew Warner had so much more inside of him and this just made me love him more if that's even possible.
March 10, 2020

“Sometimes I wish I could step outside of myself for a while.
I want to leave this worn body behind, but my chains are too many, my weights too heavy.
This life is all that’s left of me.
And I know I won’t be able to meet myself in the mirror for the rest of the day.”

Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is a novella in Warner’s point of view where we see what’s going on in his mind after Juliette shot him. We get to meet Warner’s dad who is the real monster in the family.
We see Warner’s true and deep feelings for Juliette.

Characters ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
There’s not one character in this story more interesting than Warner.
After the first book “Shatter me” it’s obvious that Tahereh Mafi wants to make Warner the villain of the story. But he is so much more and I love that about him.
He is my absolute favorite ♥️
He is intelligent, strong and supportive. He’s sad and hates the world he lives in.
He sees that is wrong. That the reestablishment isn’t doing a good job.
He can’t to anything about it.
But still he tries to do little good things, kind things for people.

Writing style ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I love Tahereh Mafis writing style so much. Especially in this book where we see Juliette’s notebook in the time when she was in the Asylum. Where we see Warner’s thoughts and feelings so openly presented.
Profile Image for demi. ♡.
206 reviews277 followers
October 25, 2019
❥ 4 / 5 stars

I’m sorry I misunderstood you, Warner. I’m sorry that I thought you were a monster. And I‘m so sorry for not realizing that there is always a reason behind every action and of course, you had your own reasons for your actions.

This novella might not make me completely team Warner (because I’m team no one at this moment.) but it made me understand him much better and I might like him a little bit more now.

Shatter Me (#1) : review
Destroy me (#1.5) : review
Unravel Me (#2) : review
Ignite Me (#3) : review
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179 reviews1,163 followers
January 5, 2022
I most definitely needed this novella. It shows Warner's perspective of things and his complicated yet heartfelt feelings for Juliette giving us a deep insight into his character complex. He may not be a good person, but we get to know that the world wasn't good to him either, and I rooted for him profoundly. The author also shares with the readers his past showing that he is not the monster he is thought to be, it was all a facade and that deep down, he has feelings too and seeing Juliette escape like that shattered them.
All in all, it was amazing getting to know more about Warner, his dark feelings, his past struggles and he's definitely the most interesting character I've ever read about.
Profile Image for Saniya.
360 reviews809 followers
October 12, 2012
Official BOOK TRAILER and an excerpt of this book.^
Lets just say, I died after watching the trailer. Like.seriously. <.<
Warner is good, not great, and love when the soldiers and all are there. It just looks so real. I want the freaking movie. :(

Me right now.^
Oh. Lord. I think I am in Heaven.
My mind is still processing what I have just read.
After reading this book, all I could think was,
"Hell yeah! Team Adam bitches, Warner is gonna blow you awaayy with this shit!"
Its like, I can't even write what I am feeling right now. So many emotions at once. All jumbled up. AAHH!

I was always Team Warner, from the beginning of 'Shatter Me', and I was expecting so much from this book. And I am so happy right now. Tahereh Mafi just proved how much amazing is she. The way she wrote Warner's POV, I can't even- *crys*-well not literally but still. Her writing was beyond epic in this one. This author just NAILED it. You deserve a standing ovation girl!

Talking about the book, Destroy Me shows the side of Warner, you have never seen before and everybody will be taken by surprise in the end. His feelings about Juliette are so intense. Lets just say, my mind was literally screaming and it just makes me Team Warner more. You feel sorry for him and in the end, I was like, "Go boy, get your girl from Adam! You deserve more here!"

Some scenes which I loved:
(1) Him dreaming about Juliette.
(2) When he is reading from her diary.
(3) Dreaming about Juliette again.
(4) Playing with the dog.

Best line:

"That this girl would know exactly how to shatter me."

I loved loved loved this book, 5/5 stars. I am dying, literally, to read Unravel Me. Excited. Period.
Au revoir, My fellow Warner lovers! :D
Profile Image for Booknut 101.
849 reviews920 followers
October 13, 2012

This book is amazing. Poor Warner - he's feelings for Juliette are so beautiful (and often screwed up, but who doesn't love a good-looking and witty psychopath, eh?!!). He's all like:

And I'm like:

And I still am. Yeah, Adam is a winner (no arguing there) but Warner has my heart! As does Kenji, the brilliant and foul-mouthed lad he is :D

So let us have a moment to appreciate the genius that is Tahereh Mafi...

Can't wait for Unravel Me!!!!
Profile Image for Huda.
156 reviews127 followers
January 22, 2023

God it was so good his emotions were written perfectly! And how he suffers from all the stuff😭. I want to kill his father.
His relationship with Delalieu was so aadoooorable 💘
The way he thinks about Juliette>>>>
Who is Adam? idk any Adam 😒

“All this for a kiss.”
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230 reviews3,935 followers
March 18, 2018

“Watching her talk to someone else made me crazy. I was jealous. Ridiculous. I wanted her to know me; I wanted her to talk to me. And I felt it then: this strange, inexplicable sense that she might be the only person in the world I could really care about.”

I can't believe I did not read this before now! In all honesty, I usually don't enjoy these short filler story's all that much. They usually bore me, there for I usually just skip them unless, I want a quick read. I am so happy, I chose to read this. If I thought I was intrigued by Warner in Shatter Me, I have fallen so completely for him now. Just like I thought, there is just so much more to him then what meets the eye. He is not all malice and heartlessness, it's what he was taught and molded into. But if given the chance, people might just surprise you. I loved that we got a chance to be inside Warner's head. It's always refreshing when we get insight into another character's mind and a look into their soul. I love complex character so much. I love Warner so much :D


“This girl is destroying me. A girl who has spent the last year in an insane asylum. A girl who would try to shoot me dead for kissing her. A girl who ran off with another man just to get away from me. Of course this is the girl I would fall for. I close a hand over my mouth. I am losing my mind.”

*This cover is so lovely!*
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135 reviews
September 24, 2022
این چندروز هرچی میومدم گودریدز اعصابم خورد می‌شد. از اینکه اینجا چرا انقدر همه‌چی نرماله. چقدر همه‌تون دارید کتاب می‌خونید و ادامه می‌دید درحالی که تمرکز خیلیامون برای انجام دادن کارای روزانه‌مون هم از دست رفته. تا اینکه یادم اومد چقدر کتاب‌ها و اینجا safe place خیلیامونه. که همیشه کتاب‌ها یه محلی برای فرار و زندگی دوباره‌ هست. بهتون حسودیم شد. چون این دفعه نه تنها کتاب‌ها بلکه هیچی، مطلقا هیچی نمی‌تونن حواس من رو پرت کنن. شاید چندتا آهنگ برای فقط چند دقیقه.
هر کتابی که برداشتم بخونم همه چیزش یه درد بود برام. رومنس خوندم، غصه این رو خوردم که چرا نمی‌تونیم اینجا روابط عاشقانه و احساسی داشته باشیم. فانتزی خوندم، غصه خوردم که چرا انقدر دنیامون کثیف و زشته.
جنگ جهانی خوندم و قلبم به درد اومد که این ظلم‌ها تموم نشدن و همچنان داریم تجربه‌شون می‌کنیم.
اگه این روزا می‌تونید به کتاب‌ها پناه ببرید خوش به حالتون.
کاش من هم بتونم یکم خودم رو جمع و جور بکنم.
به این کتاب هم امتیاز نمی‌دم.
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71 reviews184 followers
June 2, 2016

***Contains Spoilers***


The whole entire 109 pages were from Warner's point of view and made me love him more than I already do. And he thinks about Juliette a ton, which may sound a bit obsessive, but it still makes me all happy inside. The ways in which he thinks about her though are so, like, I can't even put it into words. Even though Juliette hates him, I still ship her and Warner together.

“That this girl would know exactly how to shatter me.”

Warner becomes such a misunderstood character as you slowly learn why he is the way he is, and the main reason for that is because of his father. He's been abused all his childhood for never being good enough and constantly put down for showing even a bit of empathy towards someone. His father taught him to never empathize with anyone and to take what you want and destroy anything that gets in the way. Warner's father even started to choke him while he was recovering from his bullet wound in the hospital bed, and then continued scolding him for being a stupid and weak ruler. What a fucked up asshole.

Throughout this entire novella, I just wanted to reach in and pull Warner in for a hug. He's hates his life and how he's the one who built it out of fear, just as his father taught him. I was seriously going to cry for him.

“People seldom realize that they tell lies with their lips and truths with their eyes all the time.”

I loved how the real reason why Warner shot Flecher was explained. Warner knew his guard was abusing his wife and three small children. His wife even took a beating so hard that she miscarried her child. I'm glad that Warner killed that guard because of that knowledge. But, when his father found out, he told him that traitorous guards bring about traitorous families and that they should be killed as well. And they were, at his father's hand. A mother and her three small children, barely reaching the age of ten. My heart broke along with Warner's.

When Warner searched Juliette's room and found her notebook, I just kind of stilled and stopped breathing because I knew that when he read it, I was never going to look at the future Warner and Juliette scenes the same way again. He most likely felt the same way but 100x more. And then he sat at the edge of her bed, opened the notebook, and began to read.

“I’ve come to believe that the most dangerous man in the world is the one who feels no remorse. The one who never apologizes and therefore seeks no forgiveness. Because in the end it is our emotions that make us week, not our actions.”

He read Juliette's deepest, most personal thoughts she wrote down while she stayed in the asylum. It was so sad how she described her life alone without anyone to find comfort with and how she was constantly being pushed away by the ones she was closest to. Her own family didn't want anything to do with her. She hated her life.

There were so many similarities with how Warner and Juliette were brought up throughout their lives and how they were constantly met with emotional and physical abuse. Warner was hated by his family because he wan't feared enough and Juliette was hated by her family because she was too feared. It broke my heart how much they really share with each other. They were never good enough.

“I almost forget that she still hates me, despite how hard I've fallen for her.
And I've fallen.
So hard.
I've hit the ground.”

Now that I have a full understanding of Warner, I will never look at him the same way again. I'm glad of it though, because deep down, he is a selfless and empathetic person. These hidden qualities just need to be tempted to surface. It's going to be interesting to see how he develops in the next two books and I'm looking forward to it.

“My mind is a warehouse of carefully organized human emotions.
I lock away the things that do not serve me.”
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3,758 reviews32k followers
January 7, 2019
4 stars
Love is a heartless bastard. I’m driving myself insane.

After reading Destroy Me, I am completely softened to Warner. I wasn’t sure if I would like him, but there was something in the first book that intrigued me. After reading this, I can most definitely say I understand him much better and I truly do like him. Warner isn’t perfect, but he’s not the man I thought he was. He’s so much more. I loved being in his head and seeing his thoughts about Juliette, and his relationship with his dad. I feel like he really sees Juliette. He sees her loneliness, her struggle, and he can relate to it. I can’t wait to read more of this series and see where it takes him!
Friendship is not a thing I have ever experienced. Not as a child, and not as I am now. Except. One month ago, I met the exception to this rule. There has been one person who’s ever looked me directly in the eye. The same person who’s spoken to me with no filter; someone who’s been unafraid to show anger and real, raw feeling in my presence; the only one who’s ever dared to challenge me, to raise her voice to me—

She is a soft, deadly creature. Kind and timid and terrifying. She’s completely out of control and has no idea what she’s capable of. And even though she hates me, I can’t help but be fascinated by her. I’m enchanted by her pretend-innocence; jealous, even, of the power she wields so unwittingly. I want so much to be a part of her world. I want to know what it’s like to be in her mind, to feel what she feels. It seems a tremendous weight to carry.
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