Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
Title: Beautiful Broken Things
Author: Sara Barnard
Published: 25th February 2016
Source:: Netgalley Copy
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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 had been recommended to read Beautiful Broken Things by many of my blogging friends. They all knew how much I loved books that centered around friendship so they kept telling me to read. Until, eventually, I did and I felt so grateful to all the people who recommeneded this book to me because I loved it. I fell easily into this story and felt that it really captured teenagers’ spirits and how friendship really works. Plus there was mental health treated sensitively too – bonus!
In all honesty, I wasn’t sure what to expect with the plot of this book because I don’t think I ever read the synopsis! I loved that I had no idea where the book was eventually leading. But mostly, I loved this book because it had a character-driven plot – my favourite kind of plot! It was great to see the journey that all the characters in this book went on and I loved how it all came together at the end too. It was a very emotional read and I just really connected with the characters.
The best thing about character-driven plots are the strong characters and character development which Beautiful Broken Things definitely has. Sara Barnard has created three wonderful, powerful and incredible characters that really bring this story to life and I just love how well they fit together. Admittedly, as usual for me, I loved Caddy the most. She was the most relatable character and I think she went on the strongest journey. I also loved Suzanne so much and thought Sara did an exceptional job portraying her personality throughout the book! It was sad having to say goodbye to these characters.
Have you got the impression that I thoroughly enjoyed this book? Because I did. It was an emotional book that I really connected with, full of vibrant and interesting characters that it was hard not to love. It dealt with portraying friendship in all its glory, both positively and negatively, which I absolutely adored! And, on top of all of that, it also dealt with mental health in such a sensitive and wonderful way. Which is really lovely to read. I would highly recommend this book, especially to a YA contemporary fan!
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **