Beautiful Broken Things
– Sara Barnard
This book follows Cady as her best friend, Rosie, gets a new best friend, Suzanne. The story begins with the standard jealousy until Cady gets to know Suzanne and from there, you have no idea where the story is going. I was defiantly hooked from early on, i didn’t think i was but then i went about my daily life and found myself thinking about the characters and the story. The twists and turns are fantastic, i had no idea where this story was going and that was really exciting
I think Sara Bernard writes very three-dimensional characters. There was a lot i didn’t like about the characters but there is no one who you like every single thing about, that’s just not possible. In that sense the characterisation is fantastic, she writes characters that you will care about- even if you don’t like them. I personally found the characters frustrating, particularly Suzanne, i really didn’t like her at any point in the book. I think that’s what made her and Cady’s relationship so interesting to me because i didn’t get it. I understood in the end, but the whole way through the book i was just frustrated- in a good way, this book will make you feel something!
It touches on really important issues in a really important way. Life is very complicated and what looks to be on paper doesn’t always translate into reality and i think this book explores that in quite a sensitive yet realistic way. If the main points of this story was written on paper, most authors would write about the topics in the same way, where as Sara Bernard writes about the topics from a completely different perspective and i found that really special. It’s quite hard to talk about without giving away any spoilers from the book- if you read it then i’m sure you’ll understand.
I’d definitely recommend this book, it’s a really great story filled with lots of emotion and will take you on a journey. Everyone has experienced friendship so on some level you’ll be able to relate. Give it a go, you won’t regret it.
– Nicola Yoon
I read this book last, it was intentional. I read the back and it just didn’t really appeal to me- of course i was going to read it eventually but i just wasn’t in a rush. To be brutally honest, i picked it up because i wanted to finish this post…
The minute i opened the book i was pleasantly surprised. There is a lot of short chapters, IM style conversations, charts etc. It’s very visually appealing, i love books set out like this because i just find them much more interesting to read.
The book follows Maddy who has a particularly rare condition where she is allergic to so many things it’s unsafe for her to go outside. Locked away in her bedroom she notices the new boy next door, Olly, and they begin to IM each other.
I always like to have a look around and see what other people thought of a book before i read it and for this, the reviews were definitely mixed! I, however, really enjoyed it!
The storyline was good, i felt the outcome was what i wanted in the story. It wasn’t the most realistic wouldn’t have happened. That being said, it’s fiction and there’s nothing wrong with a little bit of wishful thinking! The plot was really well structured and thought out- there isn’t a single plot hole in the whole book- and i once i’d read it i found myself picking up details earlier in the book that had skimmed by my head and it just made the whole story click.
The characters are loveable and well written, Olly was one of my favourite characters out of the whole bookclub. You will just fall in love with him!
Overall i really enjoyed it, would definitely read more by Nicola Yoon. It’s a book i’d have never looked at if it wasn’t in the bookclub so i’m so thankful Zoe chose this one!
That is part four of the book club review over which concludes the whole book club! I’ve really enjoyed reading and letting you know what i think. Let me know if you’ve read any of these and enjoyed or not.
Zoe is picking another 8 books- i’m not sure when it’s coming out- so i’m planning on doing this again because it’s a lot of fun.
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