I have recently been watching YouTube videos over the summer to gather some inspiration and ideas for when I begin to vlog (either by Christmas or early next year depending on how well I get along with my camera and laptop!) After watching Zoella’s videos I picked up some books to read over the summer that she had recommended.
The first one I decided to read was Sara Barnard’s Beautiful Broken Things. I got through it within two days and I loved it. The part that made me want to read this book the most was a simple sentence written in the blurb that read:
“No one can break your heart like a best friend.”
I thought that was such a powerful thing to say because everyone has been there. Boyfriends come and go but best friends are meant to be there, always. So I knew then that this book was going to have a beautiful story that I would be able to relate to. Those are always the best kind of books, the ones that you can relate personal experience to. It makes you connect with the characters more and that is also what makes a talented author.
The book is about two teenage girls Caddy and Rosie who are best friends and the new girl Suzanne who starts at Rosie’s school and become friends with the two of them. Caddy is less confident than Rosie and feels slightly intimated and pushed aside by her new friendship with Suzanne. Suzanne is a troubled girl and the story depicts the way in which she takes Caddy down with her. As someone who has been both the shy and less confident friend and also the more reckless friend (who wasn’t when they were a young teen?), I found it really interesting and easy to relate to both Caddy and Suzanne in one way or another.
There were a number of themes addressed in the book that Barnard addressed beautifully such as friendship (obviously), mental health and abuse. The book doesn’t include romance, which makes a nice change and instead fully focuses on what I deem as the most important aspects in teenage life. I found it to be a wonderful coming of age story that I recommend for the young teenage generation to submerge themselves into.
“But people we love come and go, Caddy. That doesn’t mean we loved them any less at the time.”
Until next time,
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