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Beautiful Broken Things -Sara Barnard: Book Review!

Hi Guys,

Welcome to the 6th installment of my 'Zoella Book Club' review series. If this is your first time on my blog (welcome!) this is a series which I use to review all of the books shortlisted for Zoella's WHSmith book club. I have been working my way through them all for the past couple of months so if you've missed any of my previous reviews take a look at the bar at the top! 

Just another disclaimer, I checked 'Beautiful Broken Things' out of my local library! Checking a book out of your local library is a great way to read new things without the cost. Sadly, the government has found libraries an easy target for funding cuts; as of March, 343 libraries closed; 111 closure were planned; 25% of librarians jobs were lost. It really disgusts me that the government are trying to get rid of such an amazing service so please go down to your local library to show how much they mean to us!

Anywho, let's get on with the review. As always, I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum!

The protagonist of 'Beautiful Broken Things' is 16 year old Caddy. For years she has been Rosie's best friend and- even though they go to different schools- they are inseparable. Suddenly, wild card Suze comes to Rosie's school and starts trying to make her way into best friend position! After a turbulent start to their relationship, Suze and Caddy become friends and it's Roz who's left on the edge. All of the girls' lives get flipped upside down when Suzanne brings her drama to them. 

In terms of plot I thought it was a bit too action packed. There was a new twist every chapter which I'm usually I like, but for some reason I thought the book couldn't keep up with it. I think it would have been slightly better if there was a little less crammed into one book!

Saying that, I did think it was wonderfully written. 'Beautiful Broken Things' tackles a lot of hard subjects with style. I thought that the way Sara Barnard worded everything made it sound great and Suze didn't seem like a stereo type. It was refreshing to see a book from the point of view of an abuse victim after the 'happily ever after'. I thought that it made the book feel more unique.

In terms of characters, I wasn't the biggest fan. I always find an unreliable narrator interesting but Caddy was supposed to be likeable. I think it's because I felt so sorry for Rosie that I couldn't see past Caddy ditching her. As I mentioned, I thought that Suze was well written but I did find her just a tad clicheed. I don't think any of the characters were bad, I just didn't find any of them likeable!

Out of all of the books I've read for the 'Zoella Book Club' I'm sad to say that 'Beautiful Broken Things' has been my least favourite. Although critically acclaimed, I just don't think it was for me. I would love for you to read it and tell me what you think about it in the comments! 

Thanks for Reading,


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