Book Review – Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

beautiful broken thingsI 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.

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Beautiful indeed!

In the first few chapters I realised two things – out of all of them I’m most like Caddy, and I didn’t necessarily like her thought process until she became friends with Suze. Not sure what that says about me tbh. 😂🙈

But that aside, this is a lovely and touching story about mental health and how different people react to it. I love that. And I love the totally realistic friendship between Rosie, caddy and suze. Full of honesty and lies, love and jealousy, trust and stupidity. Like all the best young friendships.

Caddy is harder to like at the start, because she’s sheltered, naive and jealous of basically everything. I didn’t like that but I think we’ve all had a stage where we’ve felt we were too boring compared to others. I don’t like her response to that, but I understand the instinct.

Rosie is probably my favourite, despite being the one I connected with least. I like her no nonsense attitude, and the fact that she owns that she can sometimes be a bitch.

And Suze, oh Suze. You’re such a mess and every adult in your life is a giant ball of suck, even your well meaning aunt. I want to hug her. I’d probably be like Caddy, but I’d want to be Rosie, calling her on it and trying to get her to realise what she’s doing. But she’s not an inherently bad person, and I love her ending. It was totally and exactly what I hoped for. Including my utter sobbing when I got there! 😂

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