Its just what happens. Sometimes the breaks are kept well hidden, sometimes they're blindingly obvious, sometimes the cracks life leaves in a individual's psyche become more and more obvious over time. Sometimes people recover from those breaks, and other times the breaks define the rest of their lives.
I think what I loved most about Give Me You by Caisey Quinn was the way it unapologetically portrayed the brokenness of the various characters. Not just the two main characters, Skylar, the rich kid who is little more than an afterthought to his parents, and Corin, the daughter of a prostitute desperately seeking a better life than the one she was born into, who are both accomplished at hiding their woundedness. But also their respective roommates, who are much less effective at covering up the cracks where life has broken them.
Beyond that, almost the entire cast of characters could be described by their flaws alone. Their parents, their exes, team mates ... I think the only character I can think of who wasn't obviously flawed was Skylar's sister, who was delightful, but we didn't see that much of her to know what she might have been hiding.
Given all of that one might be forgiven for thinking that this would be a rather depressing read, but it was anything but.
Clearly written as a companion novel, where the original featured the relationship between Skylar's and Corin's respective roommates, Landon and Layla, the initial part of the story revolves around that explosive and tumultuous relationship with Sky and "Red" as he calls her often being thrown together by virtue of their roommates wanting some alone time, and its fascinating because neither of them have ever really witnessed a relationship like that of their friends. So even as they're witnessing and learning both how powerful and how destructive love can be, they're getting to know each other and forming a friendship, the likes of which neither have ever had before.
As you might guess, things get complicated, particularly after the roommates fly off into the sunset for their own happily ever after, and the story isn't, as the author herself admits in her afterword, pretty, but it is powerful and I think there's a special kind of beauty to be found in the things that aren't pretty, and that's what I found here.