Wednesday, May 30

Review: Beautiful Broken Things

Beautiful Broken Things
Sara Barnard

Published By: Macmillan Children's Books
Publication Date: February 25, 2016
Date Read: April 27, 2018
Genre: YA - Contemporary
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 328
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25437747-beautiful-broken-things

From Goodreads:
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.

"I was sixteen, and I honestly believed I was due a love story."

Beautiful Broken Things has been sat on my shelf for so long. I remember buying it when it first came out after hearing amazing things about it, I even got it signed by Sara at YALC a few years ago, but for some reason I just never picked it up. I thought it was about time that I picked it up and gave it a go... I am so glad I did. I enjoyed this book so much. Beautiful Broken Things completely surpassed all expectations I had of this book.

Caddy is the 'safe' one. She is the one of her friends who doesn't go out and likes to stay home reading and studying while they go out partying. But then she meets Suzanne. The wild child with a troubled past who brings Caddy out of her shell more than anyone else ever could. Soon Caddy's life seems to be spiralling out of control and she doesn't know how to make it stop... or if she even wants to.

I really loved the characters in this book. Sara Barnard certainly knows how to spin a fantastic tale. Right from the start her writing style completely captured my attention and I couldn't put this book down. It was a beautiful story with a hint of tackling some really important issues. Sara tackles some mental health issues in this book and she does it beautifully. Having just before picking this up read a book with characters with depression and absolutely hated the depiction of them, Beautiful Broken Things portrayed anxiety, depression and suicide in such a realistic and raw yet sensitive way. This book is in no way dark, as you would expect a book with a character suffering from depression to be.  So many books that try to tackle issues like this end up being about depression, rather than about the people, but not this one. It was more focused on the character's life and she just so happened to have depression and I loved that about it.

I loved how refreshing this book was. YA Contemporary is such a majorly popular genre and I have read so many of them. You always know there is going to be a romance in it and that is just not the case. Don't get me wrong, I love a good romance in YA books but it was so refreshing to find a YA book that IS centred around love... just not romantic love. It portays the love between friends and I absolutely adored that.

Beautiful Broken Things really took me by surprise. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I was taken away on this rollercoaster story and I really couldn't put it down. I was so impressed with this debut novel I will definitely be reading more from Sara in the future. If you haven't read this before I highly recommend that you do.

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


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