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 come into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting, and mysterious. 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.
Beautiful Broken Things is set in Brighton, England. A nice change from all the books that are set in America. It’s really interesting to see a friendship that exists outside of school, especially since one of my very own best friends doesn’t go to my school. Anyway, the book is essentially about domestic abuse, but the author takes a different perspective on the topic. Instead of writing about the escape and how the character leaves the situation, she instead writes about the story after. She also writes it from a different character’s perspective, instead of writing from the abused character’s view.
The book is told from Caddy’s perspective, and starts with Suzanne becoming friends with Rosie, and Caddy not liking Suzanne. Caddy thinks that Suzanne is hiding something, and she soon finds out exactly what she’s keeping from them. Except, this uncovering only brings Caddy and Suzanne closer together, and the balances between the friendship of Caddy, Rosie, and Suzanne start to shift. But Suzanne is an unpredictable and broken character, and as Caddy tries to help her, she begins to be dragged into Suzanne’s twisted world. But as Caddy decides she wants to be more like Suzanne, she continues to make more and more Suzanne-influenced decisions.
I really liked the unique take on the journey of domestic violence and escaping it. I also think that this book is really important with its display of female friendship, and how people influence each other, in good and bad ways. Another really good thing about this book is how it deals with suicide and escaping the loop of self destruction that comes after leaving a violent home.
I would highly recommend this book, as it has some very important lessons and messages about friendship and relationships. It explores Suzanne’s story, but it does so through Caddy. It also shows Caddy maturing as the story goes on, and as she comes to understand Suzanne and what she has been through. I loved this book, and think that it is a very important book in today’s society.