Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan Publishers for sending me an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion, all opinions are mine only.
Title: Beautiful Broken Things
Author: Sara Barnard
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
My Rating: 5/5 stars
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.
Okay, wow, I don’t even know where to begin with this book… Do I start with the end or the beginning…? Going into this book, I had no idea what to expect, but coming out of it, I was so pleasantly surprised, no wait, overwhelmed at what I just read. This story was absolutely phenomenal and something that I think the YA community has really been missing out on! A brilliantly poignant tale of how friendships are the most crucial part of teenage life- I fell head-over-heels in love with it!
So I think it’s fair to say that I was really affected by this book… the friendships and the characters were so realistic that I genuinely felt like I was reading about real people. Rosie, Caddy and Suzanne certainly were not perfect and at times they were annoying but I didn’t mind that! It made them seem more human, and then to me, all the more likeable. Barnard’s characters are so different and yet their sparse similarities are what pull them together and make their unlikely bond a lot stronger.
Like I said, at the beginning, I had no idea what I was getting into with this book, and even 100 or so pages in, I still had no idea where the story was going to go and I loved that! I loved the feeling of complete uncertainty and having no clue what was going to happen to create the inevitable story arc.
Shall we just skip to the ending? and my feels… It’s the first time I’ve talked about this since it happened but it was just beautiful. Well, not my tears. I remember really clearly the whole scene when I finished. I was lying on my bed with my head hanging off so everything was upside down and suddenly the water works just came on and I started sobbing my eyes out! I just remember my forehead getting really wet and thinking ‘this is really weird, I’m crying backwards’ but at the same time thinking ‘whyyyyy, whyyyyy!’
Ugh, I know, the feels.
For anybody who’s a fan of books, I seriously consider checking out Sara Barnard’s debut novel on the Goodreads and definitely pre-ordering it on the Amazon, you will not be disappointed!
Amazon link (pre-order)-http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/150980353X?keywords=beautiful%20broken%20things&qid=1446151419&ref_=sr_1_1&s=books&sr=1-1