Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

Pages: 322
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books 
Released: 25th of February 2016 

I was brave
She was reckless
We were trouble

Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.

What I Have to Say 

I loved this book so much. It was a truly beautiful story about a very screwed up girl and how her issues and the trauma she's been through affects the people around her, but I think what I liked most about it was that the story wasn't overshadowed by a romance plot that was shoehorned in there for no reason. 

It was interesting how Suzanne's story was told through Caddy's voice as well as how it was told after the things that Suzanne went through rather than before. It shows the effects of trauma and how what people go through affects them well after they get out of the situation their in. 

I loved the ending as well. I won't say any specifics, but it was the right ending, even if it wasn't the one that people may want. It was real and hopeful without everything being tied up neatly and happily. 

Beautiful Broken Things will remain one of my favourite books of a long time and I'm really looking forward to what Sara Barnard writes next. 

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