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Title: Beautiful Broken Things
Author: Sara Barnard
Summary: 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.
Quotes: But people we love come and go, Caddy. That doesn’t mean we loved them any less at the time.
Thoughts and Review: I absolutely loved reading this book. I didn’t know what to expect, other than it’s about the ups and down of a friendship. And, I’ve got to say, I’m really impressed.
I feel like this book perfectly captures the beauty of friendships and also how broken a person can be. I love how realistic it is and how it clearly shows that everyone has their own problems to deal with, whether the world knows about it or not, and that no one’s life is perfect.
I also really love the rawness of the characters, especially Suzanne, one of Caddy’s (the main character) best friend. I love how she deals with her problems by putting up a strong front, but you can clearly see that she is completely loss and broken. I just find it so beautiful how the author doesn’t hide or mask anything or paint it in such a perfect way like some stories do (promise I’m not shading anyone).
It will also shine a light and give those who don’t understand what it means to be completely broken a new perspective, especially since, more often than not, people in real life will hide it from the world.
I also really love how it shows how innocent and easily influenced a person can be, especially if they have not had much experience with people before or are desperate and how conflicting interests and opinions can result in fallout. It shows how fragile people can be.
But it also shows how pure and amazing genuine friends are. It shows how they will always be there for you at the end of the day (as long as you’re not that big of a jerk) and how much they care about you, no matter the circumstance.
It’s just really, really amazing. And absolutely beautiful.
completely broke the scale
Recommended for: Anyone who would love to read a nice, non-romance Teen Fiction