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Beautiful Broken Things – Sara Barnard



Blurb: “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 realizes, and Caddy is about to lean that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.”

The story is told from the perspective of sixteen year old Caddy who is practically joined at the hip by her best friend, Rosie. That is, until new girl Suzanne moves to town and befriends her. As always happens when you gain a new partner in crime, Rosie cannot stop talking about how great Suzanne is to have around. Much to Caddy’s dismay.

Caddy becomes increasingly jealous of Rosie’s newfound friendship and goes out of her way to be harsh and is ignorant when she’s forced to speak to her. This leads to an uncomfortable conversation between a group of friends that results in Caddy learning a big secret about Suzanne. After that, she starts being a little nicer to her.

Now that Caddy knows the true reason why Suzanne moved to town to live with her aunt, the pair begin to bond more, going out on adventures in the night together. In a kind of coin-flip twist, Rosie is suddenly more on the outside, jealous that Caddy is replacing her, even going on to say “how are the two of you better friends than the two of us?”

What could possibly make this drama any worse? Why, liking the same guy of course! Rosie likes boy, Suzanne also likes boy, Suzanne gets with boy even though she knows Rosie likes him too. A major girl code violation if ever there was one.

Obviously there is a bit more depth to the story than that, but to go into it all would be a spoiler. Not that I cared much for this book.

The night time adventures felt reminiscent of Paper Towns, minus the revenge plots. I didn’t really connect to any of the characters and felt like story – despite the serious  underlying theme – was flat.  It just felt more of a young young adult book and I think that played a big part into why I didn’t enjoy this book. But can I really blame the book itself or the writing for that.

I just felt the experience feeling very “meh” after reading reviews and hearing people raving about this book.
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