Molly's Book Review of Beautiful Broken Things

by , Thursday November 10, 2016
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Molly's Book Review of Beautiful Broken Things

Book Review of Beautiful Broken Things by Sarah Barnard

A great novel read & reviewed by Molly Looby

 

 

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.

 

Okay, Movellians. Prepare yourself for a gush-fest. This book is a testament to the complex and crazy reality of female friendships. Everything was so real and true that it struck a chord with me. Why don’t people write about female friendships like this? To be honest, it’s probably because so few of us understand them!

 

So onto the book. When a book starts with the word ‘Before’, it immediately gives me a chill and sets me up for heartbreak. I was ready, but not totally sure what I’d find.

 

What I found was a breath of fresh air. No silly love story in sight. And though I love a love story (who doesn’t?) sometimes you just need a break away from them. Beautiful Broken Things is the perfect break.

 

I immediately fell in love with the voice. The narrator, Caddy, is so real and honest you can’t help but love her. Sometimes I wanted to shout at her for making the wrong decisions, but it wasn’t that she was being stupid; she was just trying her best, so I couldn’t get annoyed at her. That’s one of the things I loved most, everything just made so much sense.

 

The rest of the characters were just as believable as Caddy, which made every page a joy. Plus, all the scenes were set in just the right place, at just the right moment, meaning it was impossible to put down. I read the first 100 pages in one go and the whole thing in about three sittings. It engrossed me totally.

 

And of course I adored the Britishness! I always appreciate a book set in the UK, and this felt like an accurate representation of being a teenager in Britain. Hearing familiar brand names is always comforting, and rare — for me at least.

 

For the sake of a balanced review, I did have one criticism: Adverbs. Yes, Movellians, I tell everyone off for adverbs, including published authors! Just don’t use them, okay? They suck all power away. I suppose I’ll let Barnard off though because it was done in a chatty way, and we all use adverbs in our speech. (Yes, even me, the Adverb Slayer.)

 

I’m going to reiterate because I don’t think this can be clear enough, Beautiful Broken Things is such a true portrayal of female friendship, which is such a complex thing to explain, but it’s done with beauty, insight, and rawness.

I think this is a book every teenage girl should read. It’s gorgeous.​

 

 

      5/5 stars

 

 

Thanks to Molly Looby for writing this review and Infinite_Exho for creating the banner :)

 

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