Monday, 29 February 2016

Review - Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

Title: Beautiful Broken Things
Author: Sara Barnard
Pages: 400
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Release date: 11th February 2016

Blurb from Goodreads: 

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.

My Review:
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley*

3/5 stars

Caddy and Rosie are best friends.
Caddy wishes that her life was more exciting.
Then Suzanne appears.
At first, Caddy is worried that Suzanne will replace her - after all Suzanne is mysterious and beautiful.
As Caddy and Suzanne grow close, things start spinning out of control.
What happened to Suzanne?

My favourite thing about Beautiful Broken Things was that the main theme is friendship. Too often in books nowadays girls are portrayed as bitchy towards each other so it was refreshing to see that Caddy was concerned for Suzanne. I thought she was sweet.
I liked Caddy but she was enabling Suzanne, something she realised in the end.
Rosie was my favourite character - she was tough and didn't take crap from anyone.
I felt sorry for Suzanne but I didn't like her that much; I don't feel that I really connected with her.
The plot was enjoyable and held my attention but I wasn't gripped.

Overall this was an enjoyable read with a positive focus on friendship.