Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
Caddy and Rosie have been friends for years but when Suzanne arrives she threatens their friendship. Caddy is scared that she will lose Rosie as Rosie becomes close with Suzanne. As Caddy learns more about Suzanne’s past she becomes closer to her.
I really enjoyed this book. I liked that this book focused on friendships rather than romance. It makes a refreshing change to read a YA contemporary that focuses on friendships rather than romantic relationships. Through the novel, we learn that Suzanne has struggled with some mental health issues and we also see Caddy struggling to understand this. I think the author did a very good job of dealing with this situation. Not only did she portray mental health in a realistic way but she also showed how people do not always understand these issues. The characters felt very realistic and I could easily relate to some of their situations. I felt that the characters experienced many feelings that the majority of teenagers experience. I have now read both of Sara’s books and I think that she is really good at writing realistic characters and I can’t wait to read more from her in the future.