Thursday, 11 February 2016
Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
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.
I have spent the last few months worried that I was going off reading. Everything I picked up wasn't keeping me interested at all and I thought maybe I have saturated myself. Then this beautiful little book came along.
Beautiful broken things is a perfect example of why I love UKYA so much. It has a brilliantly engaging story which I found myself unable to put down for very long because I was desperate to know more about what was going to happen. The main characters Caddy, Rosie and Suzanne drew you in from the first page. They are so real in the way they are portrayed and their story really resonated with my teenage self. All those confused feelings you have as a teenage about wanting to be accepted into a peer group and the awkwardness of trying to fit it were superbly put across. By half way through the book I just wanted to scoop up all the characters and tell them it'd all be OK.
A stunning debut which I will be raving about for a good long while to come and definitely an author to watch in the future.
Recommended if you liked
Undone by Cat Clake
Trouble by Non Pratt