Beautiful Broken Things

Hi bookworms!

A few days ago, I went out shopping with the intent of buying new clothes and shoes for college. Instead, I ended up buying two new books. The first one was All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. The second one was Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard, which is the book I'll be reviewing on my blog today.


Official synopsis:

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.

Favourite quote:

'"People we love come and go, Caddy. That doesn't mean we loved them any less at the time."'

Favourite character:


As much as I enjoyed Beautiful Broken Things, I actually didn't have a favourite character in this book. The protagonists Rosie and Caddy were both presented in a complex way so at times this made it difficult for me to decide who I connected with the most. However, I think their complexities made them particularly refreshing to read about. 
The perfect teen doesn't exist outside the pages of a book. Young people swear and drink and say and do the wrong things all the time, it's a part of growing up. And I really enjoyed the way in which Sara Barnard emphasised this and took us on  a journey with the protagonists as they made their own choices and figured out who they wanted to be.

3 words to describe the book:

Provoking, emotional, haunting.

Rating:

✮✮✮✮/✮✮✮✮✮


Beautiful Broken Things was an absolutely wonderful debut. One of the things I liked the most about it was how it placed great emphasis on platonic relationships. Not every teen is in or has been in a romantic relationship before, so it was really refreshing to read a YA Contemporary that focused purely on friendship as opposed to teen romance. At some point in our lives, we've all probably found the dynamics in our friendship group shifting through no fault of our own, and to see a story explore this and highlight how friendship can be challenging in such an honest and sometimes brutal way was really great to read about. 

The story had such a realistic vibe to it and I loved how the characters and the situations the characters were placed in to just felt completely normal. Like mentioned previously, friendship was the focal point of the plot, but it was really nice to see how Sara Barnard also integrated other themes within this debut, such as the importance of family and the stigma surrounding mental health. Mental
health is an issue that is becoming more prevalent within society, so I was really pleased to see that Sara Barnard also placed great emphasis on this and left numbers to charities such as NSPCC and Childline in the Author's Note, so that people who felt like they were struggling could reach out for support.

Beautiful Broken Things
was a story that took me on a very emotional journey. I adored the writing so much and I'm really looking forward to when Sara Barnard publishes another book in the future. If you're looking for a perfect story to read filled with imperfect characters, you need to read this.



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3 comments

  1. The cover for this omg!! SO FREAKING CUTE♥ I'm so freaking glad you enjoyed this. Yay for beautiful books inside and out :) Great review!

    PS, I saw you on my twitter and decided to give your blog some love and follow you! :)
    Jumana @ Books by Jay

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  2. All the bright places is amazing! It's one of my favourite books!
    I'm super excited to read beautiful broken things!
    Aleeha xXx
    http://www.halesaaw.com/

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  3. Ooooo This sounds like a good one to read! Really glad to go through your blog and see your recommendations because I haven't read a good book in a long time! Might have to grab this one :)

    Jay
    blissfulbeautybird.com

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