UK Publishing Date: 11 Feb 2016 336 pages
Beautiful Broken Things will resonate with any woman who had a best friend to share their secrets with during their teenage years. Marketed as a YA book this debut by Sara Bernard explores the relationship and friendships between three sixteen year old girls and the dynamics of that grouping.
Caddy is best friends with Rosie. They were separated when they were sent to secondary school as Caddy’s parents sent her to a fee paying grammar school while Rosie went to the local comprehensive. They kept their friendship strong and are still “best friends”. When new girl Suzanne starts in Rosie’s year and quickly becomes her friend the tight bond between Caddy and Rosie is immediately tested. Caddy feeling the first stirrings of jealousy as she resents Suzanne’s inclusion in their lives.
Beautifully written, this is at times quite a dark story with an underlying thread of physical abuse and some quite adult themes. Don’t be put off by the cover art – it makes no sense until you’ve finished the book. Suzanne’s story is quite a sad one but all three characters are completely relatable and you’ll know someone just like them. Beautiful Broken Things should be compulsory reading for every teenage girl. Essentially it is a story about the bonds of friendship and one girl’s search to experience a “life changing” event.
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