Review: Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

This did not fit any of my challenge criteria.


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.

Image via Goodreads

Image via Goodreads

What I liked:

This book does keep you wondering and guessing. I admit, I did keep reading far longer than I should have to find out where it was going next.

What I didn’t like:

I really don’t like YA stories that focus on how important it is to lose your virginity. Caddy puts this task on the top of her list of Significant Events that need to be carried out for this year, and I really don’t agree with books that make it seem like losing your virginity is the best all and end all of life.

I felt Caddy was very like Bella from Twilight in her insistence to have a boyfriend, as well as her intenseness in her friendships, and I really wasn’t a fan. she was very much like a lovesick teenager, and I really didn’t like her.

Out of five: 

Three. I just couldn’t warm to any of the characters, and that’s a big thing for me when I’m reading. Some of the storyline didn’t work well for me either.


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