Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week. This week it’s all about different book settings, especially as so many popular books are set in the USA, so it’s good to share books that are set in different places to the norm.
Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
This book is set in Brighton in England. It stuck with me as I actually live about 45 minutes away from Brighton so it was fun recognising the place that the story was set.
Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn
As the title might suggest, the majority of this book is set in Tokyo. The descriptions of Tokyo are very vivid and then when the story moves to Kyoto it sounds like such a beautiful and peaceful place.
Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor Lagoon is set in Lagos in Nigeria – a place I’ve never been too and I’d never read a book set there either. While I have mixed feelings about the book, I loved how Lagos was described and it felt like a bustling city that may have it’s problems but was still kind of beautiful. (more…)
Caddy and Rosie have always been inseparable best friends. Now Rosie is making friends with new girl at school Suzanne and Caddy can’t help but feel pushed aside. The three of them are forced together by Rosie and they all want different things for this new school year.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed Beautiful Broken Things, I even read it in a day! The great thing about Beautiful Broken Things is that it is really focused on its three female characters and the importance of female friendship and how when your best friend suddenly gets another friend they really like, it can make everything feel different. Also it does a great job at showing that while you may think you really know a friend or consider them to be your best friend, they can still hide stuff from you whether it’s a secret or a different facet of their personality.
Caddy is a bit of a frustrating character at times because she’s so nice and just wants everyone to be happy and to get along. Not that those are bad personality traits but it does make her naïve and she does reckless things sometimes in order to be more interesting or popular. Still, her narrative voice really shone through and it was different to see a “good girl” type character become more reckless because of her friends rather than because of a love interest.
Beautiful Broken Things tackles some tough subjects including abuse and mental health issues. These are all done pretty well as often you as the reader, along with Caddy, are discovering what is happening with characters and how that effects them.
Beautiful Broken Things is a surprising book with interesting and divisive characters, it can tug on your heartstrings but also make you laugh. 4/5.
Side note: while I had seen this book on the book blogosphere for a while I was never inclined to pick it up because I didn’t like the cover (stupid reason I know) the fact that I love the new Zoella Book Club edition is why I picked up Beautiful Broken Things.