Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
Publication Date: February 2016
My Rating: ✹✹✹✹
“I was brave
She was reckless
We were trouble
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.“
“But people we love come and go, Caddy. That doesn’t mean we loved them any less at the time.”
I picked up this book because I love the cover. It’s beautiful.
I bought this book because it sounded vaguely relatable.
Remember those feelings you had as a teenager,
wanting needing to be accepted by your peers? Wanting everyone to ‘like’ you? All those confusing thoughts that go on inside your head and worrying about what others might think? This book relays those thoughts and feelings perfectly, as Sara really captured what its like to be a teenager.
This isn’t your usual story about teen romance. Instead it’s about all of the trials and tribulations of friendship. And that friendship was so real and raw.
The changing of relationships and challenges upon each other are absolutely authentic and absolutely absorbing, especially whilst dealing with such delicate topics such as mental health and abuse.
It is a tale of the deepest friendships we know, the mutual support and sometimes, unintentionally, the more destructive fallout of feeling things so deeply at a time we can be impulsive. It shows us aftermath and consequences and is probably one of the most intense yet realistic stories I have read that speaks to mental health issues in young adults.
The lack of romance in this book was rather refreshing and the head-on tackle of mental illness and various social stigmas was outstanding. Which is why I rated this book 4 stars. I would happily recommend it to all age groups, as it’s a fantastic book. Totally heartbreaking yet totally heartwarming.
About The Author:
Sara Barnard lives in Brighton and does all her best writing on trains. She loves books, book people and book things. She has been writing ever since she was too small to reach the ‘on’ switch on the family Amstrad computer. She gets her love of words from her dad, who made sure she always had books to read and introduced her to the wonders of second-hand book shops at a young age. She is the author of Beautiful Broken Things.