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Beautiful Broken Things


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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 realizes, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own. Beautiful Broken Things is a moving story of friendship from debut author Sara Barnard, shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and selected as part of Zoella's Book Club.

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13th October '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Beautiful Broken Things 9781509803538
5 stars
I really liked how the book was based around friendship rather than relationships like a lot of other books. It was very interesting to see how the friendship changed throughout the book and how much Suzanne impacted Caddy and Rosie's friendship. 
I think the characters were very good and relatable which I like as it made the book feel so real. I particularly liked Caddy and Suzanne's characters as they had such differing personalities that it really made you think about how much one person can effect your life and change it whether it's for the better or not. 

I found Suzanne's character intriguing throughout as it always seemed like herself and her sister were hiding something bigger than they were letting on. I liked how we were left out of some parts of her background and things that were happening with Suzanne during the duration of the book but not mentioned in it until the end as it shows that just because you're friends it doesn't mean you know or can help with everything. 

I think Caddy was a great character as she always stuck by her friends and I like that although she knew the trouble she'd get into she was always their for Suzanne when others may not have been. 

I liked how Rosie may not have been there with her friends all the time she always considered their needs and would be there to help and comfort them. It was nice to see her step back and allow the other girls to do what they had to and although they may not of thought she was part of their group she was ready to give advice when they needed her. 

I think this book was amazing and definitely worth a read, I wish it hadn't ended though as I didn't want to put the book down!
24th January '18
Peacehaven little Library Teens/YA read it themselves aged 13 to 18
Beautiful Broken Things 9781509803538
5 stars
Sara Barnard aces the teenage voice and experience. Her characters are vivid and flawed and confused and immensely relatable. This is a fantastic book to give to teens who haven't yet found that book that's caught them and chimed with them. Barnard is so good at depicting the emotions and experiences of teenagers that you cant help but be pulled in and racing through her writing, running alongside her characters and living every page with them. She deals with abuse sensitively and honestly and doesn't provide a saccharine happy ever after. This is real life, honestly portrayed. And we loved it!
28th September '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Beautiful Broken Things 9781509803538
5 stars
Two best friends at separate schools, Rosie and Caddy start to hang around with new girl Suzie who lives with her aunt, Sarah after she reveals about her past at home and how unsafe it was for her.

Rosie goes to school with her and introduces her to Caddy who soon gets dragged into Suzanne's life, hanging out at night going on long journey's as well as smoking, drinking and disobeying her parents.

Suzie has had a traumatic childhood thanks to her abusive father. Her brother, mum and social care all can't help her and after she attempts suicide previously can't see a positive future easily. When she and Caddy end up in an abandoned building and a serious accident occurs both girls bear scars from it, mentally and physically as well as a heavy dose of self blame for Suzie who goes off to try and end it all...

A very detailed look into trauma and its catastrophic effects on lives over time as well as how it effects everyone around them they influence.
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About Sara Barnard

Sara Barnard lives in Brighton and does all her best writing on trains. She loves books, book people and book things. She has been writing ever since she was too small to reach the 'on' switch on the family Amstrad computer. She gets her love of words from her dad, who made sure she always had books to read and introduced her to the wonders of second-ha...

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