book review · books · fiction · ya · young adult

Beautiful Broken Things

Warnings: domestic abuse, suicide attempts, mentions of bipolar depression, mild description of panic attacks, underage drinking, drugs.
Author: Sara Barnard


(This is the Zoella book club version of the cover, which is the version I own and I actually prefer to the original cover.)

‘Caddy and Rosie have always been inseparable. But that was before Suzanne.
Now Caddy wants to be more than just the quiet one. She wants something to happen.
I was brave.
Suzanne is trying to escape her past and be someone different. Someone free.
She was reckless.
But sometimes downward spirals have a momentum of their own.
We were trouble.
And no one can break your heart like a best friend.’

I am exhausted. Both from the emotional roller coaster of this book and my first week of work experience. (I spent my time in labs, measuring things and re-measuring things and having lots of science shoved into my poor brain.) I actually read this book at the weekend and didn’t have time to review it until now.

I adored the characters. Caddy was someone I could relate to in the realms of feeling average, okay, not very exciting and someone that people think they can rely on, and the relationship between Caddy and Suzanne made me feel better for being reliable and someone who can normally make other people feel better. Suzanne was also a really interesting character with so many layers (like an onion) and I really enjoyed learning more and more about her as the book went on. Rosie was okay, but I felt like she could have been delved into a bit more. The same goes for some of the other characters – although they did have their good moments, Caddy’s parents seemed a bit two dimensional and stereotypical.

This book also covered so many important topics – the lack of care and appropriate help for people with mental health problems, the need that teens have to be exciting and interesting, underage drinking, drug usage, the friendships between teens and how delicate they are. It was like a whistle-stop tour of those leaflets you get in GP surgeries and the school nurse’s office – but in a good way, that left you actually thinking about the topics, not disregarding them. Also, the lack of heavy romance was something  really enjoyed because it was something I felt the YA world needed. FEMALE FRIENDSHIPS ARE SO IMPORTANT GUYS. A story about girls protecting girls is something that will always touch my little feminist heart.




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