Thursday, 28 July 2016

Books // Beautiful Broken Things

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

Rosie and Caddy are best friends, and have been ever since they were little girls. Caddy goes to private school whereas Rosie attends a public school, however they are inseparable when they aren't in school. On the verge of turning 16, Caddy wishes for her life to be more significant. She lives an 'ordinary' life, and longs to have something exciting happen to her.

Not long into the story, a new girl named Suzanne begins at Rosie's school, and although Caddy doesn't like her at first, the three of them become good friends. Suzanne is the polar opposite to Caddy though, she drinks, smokes, is promiscuous and appears to become a bad influence on Caddy. However, Suzanne has a difficult past - an abused child, undeniable mental health problems and whose parents don't seem to care - so Caddy excuses all of her behaviours.

Even when it's getting in the way of her longest friendship. Even when her parents are completely disgraced. And even when Caddy faces life threatening situations.

I've actually written more than I usually would about the plot, but I really did love this book. It's unusual in that the main theme is friendship and mental health, rather than romance and heartbreak, so undeniably won't be for everyone. It took me a while to read it but that's more because I can no longer be bothered to read anything any more, after a day of staring at a screen but I really did enjoy the book and did race to the end when I knew I only had 50 pages left. It's an easy read, probably fitting the YA category, and it's wonderfully written. Definitely a summer read!

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