My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Beautiful Broken Things was hard to put down. There’s a steady build-up and a sense of things snowballing for the main characters, but it was never clear exactly where it was heading. The friendships and some of the family relationships are complex but still easy to relate to, and Caddy’s reaction to it all seems realistic. There is no romance, which I found refreshing, and the book completely focuses on themes of friendships (including trust and jealousy), mental health and growing up. Sara Barnard also handles tough topics, such as abuse and depression, seemingly with ease but also with sensitivity. What I found really interesting was the discussion about what it means to be kind to someone; and how sometimes kindness might not always be what that person really needs.
P.S. Photo taken in the beautiful village of Alpbach in Austria, which has no relevance to this book (it’s set in Brighton) but it’s where I read it!
Originally posted to Tumblr on 16 July 2016