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Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

Beautiful Broken Things

Beautiful Broken Things

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

Beautiful Broken Things is a haracter-driven novel that tries very hard to be significant. But just doesn’t delve deep enough to evoke the emotion needed to make it a memorable read. The whole storyline is the build-up to a major, life-changing event that is going to happen… I knew it would happen…. eventually… The story dribbled on and on and I felt just blah. This is my favourite genre and usually the messed-up characters make a story come alive.

The only character worth a mention is Suzanne, the troubled one. She was interesting and intense and I wish I could have heard her voice. She had something to say. The story is told via the POV of a quiet, dull character and there were parts of Suzanne’s story that were hinted at but not allowed to develop.

I have so many unanswered questions… the note to her parents, her relationship with her brother… Ugggh I wanted to understand the complexity of her story and not fed the glazed over version. 3 Star

Recommended age: 13+

Title: Beautiful Broken ThingsBeautiful Broken Things
Author: Sara Barnard
Publication Date:
25 February 2016
Publisher: Macmillan
Source: Review 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.     — Abstract from Goodreads.com

The fact that I received a copy of this book from the publisher does not influence my policy to write an honest review.


  1. I have been intrigued by this cover for quite some time. It is always disappointing when the characters are so unrelatable. I really need some great character development and a connection to at least one of the characters to really draw me in. Lovely review! 🙂

  2. YES. I totally agree!! I think this was Suzanne’s story and telling via Caddy made it really boring and slow, because we just had to view how tedious and boring Caddy’s life was (since she only told us that 100000 TIMES. UGH.) Needless to say, I was pretty frustrated by this one too *sighs*
    Great review!! I TOTALLY AM WITH YOU!

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