Beautiful Broken Things is about Caddy, her best friend Rosie and Suzanne. Caddy goes to an all-girls school a different one from Rosie’s. They’re still inseparable, but Suzanne comes to Rosie’s school and Caddy is threatened by Suzanne’s presence that might stand between her and Rosie’s friendship. She decides to find out more about the past Suzanne is hiding, but when will she go a step too far?
Goodreads synopsis: 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.
Beautiful Broken Things was really good. It’s the first YA book I’ve read without the major theme (or more than very very minor like this one) being romance. This book is all about the importance of feminine friendship, and how far friends will go to protect or support each other.
Beautiful Broken Things is Sara Barnard’s debut novel, and I ought to give it 4 out of 5 stars. This book was really was tough to get through, not because it wasn’t good, but because it dealt with such serious issues like mental illness and abuse. I think Caddy’s narrative voice really shone through as she went from a ‘goody two shoes’ girl to becoming more and more reckless as she learnt more about Suzanne.
I don’t know if a Beautiful Broken Things movie is being worked on, but I hope there is. It will be harder to portray this book in a film than in words, but I would definitely watch it if one does come out.
But I’m quite the romantic, and I can’t deny that I like boy-girl in books. But the book’s written so well even without it, it might even be better coming off from the common trend (is that the right word?) and writing about three female main characters.
The cover is gorgeous, and I love it, it’s so sparkly and gold and turquoise.