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New to the library: a review of Beautiful Broken Things

Welcome back to ‘New to the library’. After searching the shelves in SCHS’ library, I found the book that I would read for my December review. I previously read nonfiction and graphic novels, but this month I decided to stay in my comfort zone a little bit and read a young adult novel.

 Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard is a realistic fiction novel about best friends Caddy and Rosie. Caddy and Rosie have been best friends since they were little girls and were practically inseparable. A new girl named Suzanne eventually makes her way into the story and stirs up some trouble in paradise for Caddy and Rosie. Suzanne starts off as Rosie’s friend, but as the book progresses, she grows closer to Caddy. The books follows Suzanne, Rosie and Caddy through their lives and tells a very interesting story.

My favorite thing about this book is that it seems very honest in a way. The story is told from Caddy’s point of view, and Barnard does a very good job of making Caddy’s thought process seem more real than your typical YA teenage girl. When reading the book, I felt like I could relate to Caddy and Rosie, and that was a bit unusual for me. One thing that surprised me about this book was that it covered very real issues in society. Some of the issues that Barnard confronted were domestic abuse, suicide and self harm. She also found a way to showcase the characters’ perspectives on these issues in a way that made me really think about how I would feel about these issues affecting someone close to me. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes young adult dramas. The plot was very interesting and deep, making me think and do a little bit more self reflection than I would usually do while reading a YA book. Because it deals with sensitive subjects I would not reccomend this book if domestic abuse, self-harm or suicide are sensitive subjects for you because they are frequently brought up in the second half of the book. 

I would like to thank Mrs. Hoffman for her continued support, and I encourage all of my readers to take a trip to the library and browse the new book section!

Rating: 4/5 Stars