The Zoella Book Club: Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

The Zoella Book Club: Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

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Beautiful Broken Things – Sara Barnard

I was brave. She was reckless. We were trouble.

Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.

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16 year old Caddy has had a safe and ordinary life so far with two average parents and the same best friend since she was little. This year she wants something exciting to happen, a significant life event, something that will make her interesting. But as the first week of school starts, Caddy is distracted by her best friend Rosie’s new friendship with the effortlessly cool and beautiful new girl Suzanne. At first Caddy can’t help but feel threatened and self-conscious as Rosie spends more time with Suzanne, but when Caddy discovers that Suzanne has a secret past she makes a mistake that ultimately brings them closer together. Is Caddy doing the best thing for her friend by always being there to sneak out for late-night walks or to carry her home drunk? And is this new reckless Caddy going to achieve a significant life event this year?

Openly exploring the intensity, fragility and identity of teenage friendships, Beautiful Broken Things provides an honest and emotional look at how important our friends are as we grow up. Featuring themes of mental health issues, suicide, self-harm, alcohol, sex, drugs, smoking and frequent strong language, Sara Barnard takes us into a world of teenage rebellion and recklessness that seems thrilling and dangerous all at once. Gripping from start to finish and with characters that feel so real that you half expect to bump into them on the street, Beautiful Broken Things is an unforgettable picture of teenage friendship.

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Beautiful Broken Things Events

We have some truly exciting online events lined up for the Zoella Book Club to encourage readers to discuss the books with fellow readers and with the authors themselves! You can talk about your favourite characters, discuss your favourite scenes, share your own experiences related to the books and ask any burning questions you have since turning the last page. Don’t miss out on the chance to meet like-minded readers and ask your unanswered questions.

Sara Barnard Biography

Sara Barnard

Sara Barnard lives in Brighton and does all her best writing on trains.

She loves books, book people and book things.

She has been writing ever since she was too small to reach the ‘on’ switch on the family Amstrad computer.

She gets her love of words from her dad, who made sure she always had books to read and introduced her to the wonders of second-hand book shops at a very young age.

Sara is trying to visit every country in Europe, and has managed to reach thirteen with her best friend. She has also lived in Canada and worked in India.

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