Beautiful Broken Things is a great look at what it means to be a good friend. We have three very different people who come together and have this great dynamic. Reading about them and their interactions, I would love to be a part of that friendship. It was like reading Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants all over again. At the beginning of the book, it starts to head in a direction I’m well familiar with, the dynamic between having three friends instead of two in a group. And I’m really glad that dynamic was explored throughout the book, but it wasn’t the main focus.
Well. What else to say about it without giving anything away!?!
I loved the writing. It’s beautiful and the words seemed to flow off the page. I felt Barnard used the writing to each of the characters advantages and each had their own unique voice, which is fantastic.
I also loved how relatable the main character was. Cad is, I think, like a lot of us. The parts I enjoyed reading is when Cad would hesitate, she would talk through her thought process and we could see exactly where we identify with her and where we divert. In addition, Cad spends an exorbitantly large amount of time doubting herself and that’s expressed not just through her thoughts, but also every sentence and dialogue she spends with Rosie, Suzanne and (highlight for spoiler) Tariq.
I give this book 4 owls because I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It had quite a lot happening and I honestly cared about these characters. They seemed real to me.