Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Beautiful Broken Things | Spoiler Free Book Review




Beautiful Broken Things ✰✰✰.5

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.  ~Goodreads


Friendship is an area seriously lacking in YA fiction. I believe this to be the only book that I have read this year that focuses solely on the bond between friends, and that is what I truly admired about this book.
Beautiful broken things isn't a romance novel, but it is about love. It's about the love in female friendships, and its complexity.


The only problem I had with this book was with Caddy herself. I found her to be a little naive at times. I just took issue with the start of the book, when she seems to pity herself for not having had a 'significant event' happen in her life, and compares herself to her friend Rosie who has had many hardships. She thinks shes boring - okay I understand that. However in my opinion I don't think anyone should wish traumatic events on themselves, be happy with your comfortable, if seemingly boring, life.

This is without a doubt Suzanne's story. She may not be the narrator, but there would be no story without her. This for me was very interesting,  the fact that the reader was learning about this  new mysterious character at the same time as the narrator. I think this added a lot to the story overall. Knowing that when Suzanne was lying to the narrator, she was also lying to you, as you had no other incite other than what Caddy believed to be true.


We learn snippets of Suzanne's past throughout the novel, including a childhood of abuse. I can honestly say that I learnt a lot about a topic that I previously new very little about.
 I learnt from this book that you can be broken and not realise. That you can place someone so highly in your mind, only to find you only know the parts that they allow the world to see. And that in an abusive situation you  will have the people standing by and allowing it to happen.

'I'd thought about violence as being something simple. 
Awful, but simple. 
A violent man and a child who bore the brunt of it. 
I hadn't even considered the framework that supported it, allowed it to happen in the first place. 
The blind eyes turned, the excuses made...' ~ Sara Barnard, Beautiful Broken Things

Suzanne is the game changer in Caddy's life, the significant event, the inciting incident. She is the beautiful, broken, thing.

You Will Love This If:

  • You haven't read a book about friendship in a while.

Until next time,

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2 comments:

  1. I would absolutely love to read this book, I've heared about it through Zoella's book club. Thanks for the lovely review xx

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  2. I love this review! I've wanted to read this book for quite a while now, it looks so good! And you're right, there aren't enough books about friendship! x

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