Broken Things
It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods. Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.The only thing is: they didn’t do it. On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago—no matter how monstrous.

Broken Things Details

TitleBroken Things
Author
ReleaseOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherHarperCollins
ISBN-139780062224132
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Fantasy, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Broken Things Review

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    Well, I did indeed finish this with record breaking Lauren Oliver speed. While I did have the murderer figured out by page 25 (this could be chalked up to simply reading too many mysteries) and it felt slightly bloated, overall this was a compulsive, can't put it down type of book that I think many readers will enjoy. I'm going to think on this one a bit more before writing my full review, but I'll go ahead and post trigger warnings below.CW: Murder of children, graphic violence, pedophilia, mur Well, I did indeed finish this with record breaking Lauren Oliver speed. While I did have the murderer figured out by page 25 (this could be chalked up to simply reading too many mysteries) and it felt slightly bloated, overall this was a compulsive, can't put it down type of book that I think many readers will enjoy. I'm going to think on this one a bit more before writing my full review, but I'll go ahead and post trigger warnings below.CW: Murder of children, graphic violence, pedophilia, murder and abuse of an animal (this is graphic and highly unsettling), homophobic slurs (always challenged but used multiple times throughout), and fat shaming comments. *I received a copy for review via the publisher.
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  • Hamad
    January 1, 1970
    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription Actual Rating: 3.5 stars“Five years ago, when I had just turned thirteen, I killed my best friend.I chased her down and cracked her over the head with a rock. Then I dragged her body out of the woods and into a field and arranged it in the center of a circle of stones I’d placed there with my other friend, Mia. Then we knifed her twice in the throat, and five times in the chest. Mia was planning to douse her body with This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription Actual Rating: 3.5 stars“Five years ago, when I had just turned thirteen, I killed my best friend.I chased her down and cracked her over the head with a rock. Then I dragged her body out of the woods and into a field and arranged it in the center of a circle of stones I’d placed there with my other friend, Mia. Then we knifed her twice in the throat, and five times in the chest. Mia was planning to douse her body with gasoline and light her on fire, but something went wrong and we bolted instead." 🌟 This is the opening chapter and once I read this I was intrigued and wanted to read this. I was happy to see that there ARCS out there and happier that I got approved in one day!🌟 Now, Lauren Oliver is a smart author, I like what she did with Replica and Ringer. Her other books are also bestsellers but I don’t see her books getting much hype lately. I wanted to discover why because to me they seem as good ones.🌟 Now, this started out brilliant. I love when first lines can make you want to read the whole thing. But the main problem is after this this started to get a bit slower and no as much as interesting. I mentioned in my last review the new trend of 3 girls and this books follows this trend, I forgot to mention that this trend entails one of the girls being a Lesbian which is also found here. The problem is that Summer who was murdered seemed like a good person at first but then I couldn’t sympathize with her.🌟 The characters were not the best part of this, there is a fat rep that is not so great. The girls were annoying at sometimes too. I would have preferred if I could relate to the girls more.🌟 Also this has a book inside a book. There are bits of the books that the girls wrote as a fan-fiction and to be honest, I didn’t give a damn about it. It was short and fast and that’s good but it didn’t add much to the story. This was a thriller and I am supposed to be on my toes with excitement and although I wanted to know what really happened, the suspense waned at some points. The reveal didn’t catch my breath too!🌟 The writing was mostly good although some metaphors made me cringe. But the ending was so smart too and It made me happy again, hence the additional 0.5 star.“I knew even then that my dad was wrong- words could kill you, in a thousand different ways.”Summary: A good thriller novel that has excellent beginning and endings, don’t go to this with very high expectations and you will enjoy it more. If you are a writer, I think this may help in some creative writing too.ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating: 3.5Thank you Harper Collins for sending a review copy in exchange for an honest reviewTrigger Warning: Murder, abuse, animal abuse, pedophilia, self harm and violence.The moment I read the synopsis I knew I had to read this book. Mystery has never been one of my usual genres but I figured this one was definitely worth a try.The way the first chapter started hooked me in immediately. I was intrigued by the plot and excited to start guessing who the real murderer was. The story was Actual rating: 3.5Thank you Harper Collins for sending a review copy in exchange for an honest reviewTrigger Warning: Murder, abuse, animal abuse, pedophilia, self harm and violence.The moment I read the synopsis I knew I had to read this book. Mystery has never been one of my usual genres but I figured this one was definitely worth a try.The way the first chapter started hooked me in immediately. I was intrigued by the plot and excited to start guessing who the real murderer was. The story was told from two perspective: Brynn and Mia. Both were Summer Marks best friends. We alternate between the two most of the time. There were chapters in between with quotes from The Way Into Lovelorn.Brynn was a favorite. She was funny (her points of view were the funniest in my opinion) She admitted to the mistakes that she made even if she didn't voice them out loud. She had flaws but so does every character. Mia was a lot more quiet and didn't really say much to most people. She stood up when something wrong was done or said so that’s one thing. Both girls had their own things to deal with in this story. I liked getting to know how different they both were from each other.The story was really easy to get into. I was interested from the beginning until the end. I played detective and kept keeping a mental profile of all the characters trying to guess who the murderer really was. The guessed who really killed Summer early on in the book but kept it aside. At some point I was 100% sure I was right. Turns out I actually was. I felt like guessing the killer really dimmed the magic of the story for me a little bit.Overall, the story was really enjoyable. It was different than most of the book I’ve read. I really enjoyed the writing too. Would definitely recommend the book to those who love a good mystery.|| Blog || Instagram ||
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  • Alana • thebookishchick
    January 1, 1970
    Let's just get this out of the way first, the cover of this book is actual HAIR GOALS, and I would be 100% lying if I told you that wasn't what caught my attention first. The second reason I was drawn to this was because it reminded me of the Slender Man stabbing case where two best friends lured another friend into the woods and repeatedly stabbed her an attempt to impress the fictional Slender Man and left her to die. Luckily, the real-life story does have a happy ending and does not end with Let's just get this out of the way first, the cover of this book is actual HAIR GOALS, and I would be 100% lying if I told you that wasn't what caught my attention first. The second reason I was drawn to this was because it reminded me of the Slender Man stabbing case where two best friends lured another friend into the woods and repeatedly stabbed her an attempt to impress the fictional Slender Man and left her to die. Luckily, the real-life story does have a happy ending and does not end with a dead girl like this book does. But a large part of me wonders if that particular case was the inspiration behind this novel.The story starts off on the five year anniversay of Summer's death. Mia and Brynn haven't seen or spoken to one another since they were accused of the murder of their best friend. And even though they did not murder Summer, the girls still have secrets of their own and the town still holds them accountable, labeling them and one other boy as the Monsters of Brickhouse Lane. Mia finds The Way into Lovelorn, a book that Summer, Mia, and Brynn were obsessed with. Picture a The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Narnia type of story. The girls spent their days together in a sort of frenzy to figure out the ending of the book since the story ended mid-sentence. That frenzy quickly turned into an obsession of writing a sequel with a proper ending and trying to bring Lovelorn to life, which ultimately ended in murder.tw: murder, self harm, animal abuse and murder (very graphic), homophobic slurs, pedophiliaHere's what I liked... -The way the past, present, and snippets from The Way into Lovelorn and Return to Lovelorn, which is Summer, Mia, and Brynn's story, were all woven together. Initially, I did struggle with it in the very beginning but it got better as the chapters got shorter-Mia and Brynn were both dealing with their own demons since Summer's death, and I thought it added a nice touch to making the characters more likable and interesting-Awesome side characters. Wade and Abby brought a lot to this story and without them it would have been a lot more dull-The epilogue had me grinning from ear to ear-Super atmospheric which was perfect to kick off my September reads and will be the perfect addition to your bookshelves when it comes out October 2nd Here's what I didn't care for... -The killer. I guessed who murdered Summer VERY early on. So, I was bummed when the big reveal came and it turned out to be who I guessed, especially because it felt like at one point the author was going to go another way and pin the murder on a different character. But nope, Detective Alana was on the money.-There is an extremely graphic scene that includes murdering a cat which was so unsettling for me. I have a stomach of steel and I could hardly get through it, so just be prepared because it is definitely on the more gruesome side-The reason Summer was murdered was not only underwhelming but it also felt super underdeveloped. The book came in at over 400 pages and the barely 2 page explanation of why Summer was murdered just did not cut it for me Favorite Quotes That's the problem with lies. They aren't solid. They melt, and seep, and leak into the truth. And sooner or later, everything's a muddle.  #47. Truths you can never say, because they will strangle you on the way up. Stories can be rewritten over and over, demons recast as heroes, and tragedies as grace. That's the promise of a place like Twin Lakes. No one's ever really a stranger. Which means: there's no place to hide. All in all, while I did have issues with this book I'd be lying if I said I didn't devour it in nearly one sitting. I don't think this is one of those profound mystery/thrillers that will stay with me for ages but it was definitely entertaining while it lasted, minus the cat part. However, if you are looking to add an atmospheric, creepy read to your TBR this October than this may be the one for you!Blog | Twitter | Instagram
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    The problem with fairy tales isn’t that they don’t exist. It’s that they do exist, but only for some people. This was an interesting read. Lauren Oliver managed to blend fantasy into mystery in a unique way.This is a story about three girls who were obsessed with a little-known fantasy novel called The Way into Lovelorn. In the book, there is a fantasy world that the characters find. For Summer, Brynn & Mia, that world is all too real. The girls think they found it in the woods. One day, S The problem with fairy tales isn’t that they don’t exist. It’s that they do exist, but only for some people. This was an interesting read. Lauren Oliver managed to blend fantasy into mystery in a unique way.This is a story about three girls who were obsessed with a little-known fantasy novel called The Way into Lovelorn. In the book, there is a fantasy world that the characters find. For Summer, Brynn & Mia, that world is all too real. The girls think they found it in the woods. One day, Summer Marks is murdered in the woods. Mia and Brynn are accused. But they didn't really do it. It's been five years since they lost Summer. Why did everyone think Mia & Brynn killed her? Who really killed Summer in the woods that day?Brynn is in rehab and has no desire to get out. She's not actually an addict, but she's safe here and doesn't have to walk around her hometown where everyone thinks she is a killer. Her plan is to fail a drug test right before being let out, so that she can stay.Mia is still in their hometown, but she gets homeschooled and is best friends with Abby, a beauty/fashion youtuber who also get homeschooled by the same tutor. Things seem okay enough, but her mom has spiraled into a hoarder. Finally Mia got her mom out of the house so she can start trying to throw things out. And this is how Mia stumbles upon Summer's old copy of The Way into Lovelorn. It brings up a lot, but mainly it makes Mia realize that someone else knew about the book. Could this be a way to clear Mia and Brynn's names after all this time?In the past, the girls wrote fan fiction because the original book was left unfinished. It ends in the middle of a sentence. So the girls always fantasized over why it was never complete and what would have happened next. They began writing their own story they called Return to Lovelorn. Throughout the book, in between chapters, there are excerpts from both The Way into Lovelorn and the girls' fan fiction sequel. This helps to give an idea of what the book was like and what exactly the girls were obsessed with.I found myself very intrigued by the mystery. I kept trying to figure out who the killer was. Also, side note.. (view spoiler)[there is a cat that gets killed in this book. It's graphic and my cat Toby was laying on me throughout my reading this..so it really hurt my heart when it came to this. (hide spoiler)] At times, the story fell slightly on the slow side. The pacing was a bit off. I do wish I liked the characters more. They just felt bland. I didn't like the way this one ended. I wanted a little more explanation. However, I did really like Oliver's idea of blending the fantasy story of the girls' obsession into this mystery. It reminded me of the Slenderman killings, which I'm sure this drew inspiration from. But Oliver managed to make it her own story.
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    There is a dark beauty to Lauren Oliver's writing that gets me every time- Broken Things is a melancholy, beautifully plotted tale of friendship and murder.An obsession with a book that had no ending leads 3 friends down a dangerous path. One dies, the others are assumed guilty, years later they come together once more to try and discover the truth..I love the way the author digs deep into her characters, peeling back the layers with huge insight. The mystery elements are clever and emotional, f There is a dark beauty to Lauren Oliver's writing that gets me every time- Broken Things is a melancholy, beautifully plotted tale of friendship and murder.An obsession with a book that had no ending leads 3 friends down a dangerous path. One dies, the others are assumed guilty, years later they come together once more to try and discover the truth..I love the way the author digs deep into her characters, peeling back the layers with huge insight. The mystery elements are clever and emotional, for once I did not fully predict the outcome.Tense, atmospheric, often a little creepy, Broken Things was a wonderful if a little heart breaking read and I definitely recommend it.
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  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    January 1, 1970
    Once again Oliver manages to create something unlike anything else that I've ever experienced. A flawless blend of fantasy mixed with realism, with just the right amount of mystery thrown in that will leave readers turning the pages and guessing what will happen next.With characters that are flawed, imperfect, and most of the time, not very lovable but still manage to capture you interest by being both intriguing and fascinating.Truly a book fans will love and those looking for something both un Once again Oliver manages to create something unlike anything else that I've ever experienced. A flawless blend of fantasy mixed with realism, with just the right amount of mystery thrown in that will leave readers turning the pages and guessing what will happen next.With characters that are flawed, imperfect, and most of the time, not very lovable but still manage to capture you interest by being both intriguing and fascinating.Truly a book fans will love and those looking for something both unique and entertaining are sure to enjoy. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    COVER REVEAL ADDED!! IT'S SO COOL
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    January 1, 1970
    This review can also be found on my blog!Thanks to Edelweiss for an ARC! This will be published October 2nd!CW: murder of a child, homophobia, outing, drug use, rehab, and delusionsOne genre I want to read more of is YA mystery. There are so many good books coming out this year that makes me want to give it more of a try. This is one that I received through Edelweiss.Years ago, Mia and Brynn were best friends with Summer, all of them obsessed with a book called Lovelorn. They were so obsessed th This review can also be found on my blog!Thanks to Edelweiss for an ARC! This will be published October 2nd!CW: murder of a child, homophobia, outing, drug use, rehab, and delusionsOne genre I want to read more of is YA mystery. There are so many good books coming out this year that makes me want to give it more of a try. This is one that I received through Edelweiss.Years ago, Mia and Brynn were best friends with Summer, all of them obsessed with a book called Lovelorn. They were so obsessed that they wrote their own fanfiction. Then, one day, Summer was brutally murdered. Everyone assumed it was Mia and Brynn who did it out of their obsession. However, it wasn’t them.Five years later, they’re going to find out what actually happened.When I read it, I immediately thought of the Slender Man stabbing. Those girls who stabbed their friend (who survived) to impress Slender Man. This felt like it was partially pulled from the headlines, which I really loved. It was nice to read something I could connect to another crime while it wasn’t an exact copy.The characters in this were really good too. Mia is quiet and has a stutter. She doesn’t stand up for herself much. Brynn has been in and out of rehab for years, a lesbian who was outed in school. They had their issues from the crime and the resulting witch hunt against them, something I liked seeing. And it didn’t stop with their issues, but the issues that affected their families.It was refreshing to see that in YA.The side characters were also interesting. Wade, Brynn’s cousin, was hilarious. Owen, Mia’s long-time crush and Summer’s boyfriend, was interesting, too, because he had the exact opposite despite being assumed he was her killer. Abby, Mia’s friend, was great because I loved seeing the rep of an overweight girl who loved makeup and fashion and was a YouTube star, along with questioning her sexuality.At the heart of this book, though, was Mia, Brynn, and Summer. Three broken things.The plot surrounding them was absolutely enthralling. I didn’t want to put it down because it was great to read about a friendship that wasn’t healthy. And it wasn’t shied away from at all, because I think that unhealthy friendships aren’t talked about enough. It’s an anecdote. That crazy friend you once had. And it’s a joke. Having been in these, it’s not funny. And it was so nice to really see it like this.However, I wasn’t crazy about the culprit. I kind of saw it coming, but I also didn’t. It took me off-guard like “wait… really?” Not a bad thing, just that I was hoping for something different and exciting.There were two romances in the book that weren’t horrible, but I also wish they had more development to them. One was more developed than the other and the one that wasn’t developed (and was the queer one) left me wishing for something more. I liked that it was realistic that the straight friend assumed they were just close friends, but I also wish that more had been confirmed since it deserved better.I also wish that Summer’s past and mental illnesses had been more described. It just felt like suddenly she had changed without anything developed and hinted at. It suddenly had gone from 10 to 100. (Not 1 to 100 because Summer was already pretty crazy. It just changed and got worse without noticing.)Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I was absolutely captivated by it, but I had little niggling things that could have made it a 4.5 or 5 star read instead of the 4 I gave it.
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  • Gaby (lookingatbooks)
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this
  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    January 1, 1970
    As a longtime fan of Lauren Oliver, I was very excited for her latest thriller, Broken Things. This book is very mysterious as it blends fantasy and reality. The main characters are realistic, and the writing style is so suspenseful. This is the perfect read to curl up with this fall.Full review on The Candid Cover
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  • ♡ Kayleigh ⚯͛
    January 1, 1970
    ♡ blog ♡ bookstagramI could not put this book down! I stayed up all night reading this, not caring that I would suffer when I got up for work. That is how compulsive Lauren Oliver's writing is. "On a night like tonight all silvery and still, with nothing but a cratered moon and the trees knotted together as though for warmth and comfort, it's easy to believe that monsters exist." This book endures alternated perspectives in the form of Brynn and Mia; two girls who were accused of murdering thei ♡ blog ♡ bookstagramI could not put this book down! I stayed up all night reading this, not caring that I would suffer when I got up for work. That is how compulsive Lauren Oliver's writing is. "On a night like tonight all silvery and still, with nothing but a cratered moon and the trees knotted together as though for warmth and comfort, it's easy to believe that monsters exist." This book endures alternated perspectives in the form of Brynn and Mia; two girls who were accused of murdering their best friend when they were thirteen. They are classic unreliable narrator's, which alludes to the general suspicion that was cast upon them when the police were investigating; this made me wary of them, and I would not rule them out as the possible murderers. "'They turned you into demons. Three average, everyday girls. A little lonely, a little ignored. The boy next door. An old book. They made a movie out of you. It was a witch hunt.'" Broken Things is a bit of a story within a story; if you will. Brynn, Mia, and their beautifully dazzling best friend Summer, are obsessed with a book called The Way Into Lovelorne, written by an author who had ended the book mid sentence, and then died before any resolution was made. Naturally, Brynn, Mia and Summer - who was the ringleader of all and any activities the best friends did, wanted to write a sequel. Thus began Return to Lovelorne. This was the three girls' secret, and captained by Summer, the girls come up with new adventures in Lovelorne, repurposing the old ones from the original book, although when they wrote in the sacrifice, they never expected it to become true. "Words are snares to trip you and ropes to hang you on and whirling storms to confuse you and lead you the wrong way." Everything in this book was described with this dark beauty that enthralled me, I found that the narrative flirts with the real thread of the plot, making it hard for me to figure out who killed Summer. The story is so substantial, with heaps of depth, it was so well done I actually thought The Way Into Lovelorne was a real book. These kinds of stories make the best books, I bought what Lauren Oliver was selling wholeheartedly.Thank you to Net Galley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    I literally ate this book up. Lauren Oliver's writing was gorgeous and it created an atmosphere that managed to be dark and thrillery AND still sweet and hopeful and enjoyable to read, the balance was amazing to me. I also loved the way fantasy was tied into the story and sometimes blurred the edges of what was real. The characters were flawed and dealing with a lot of hard things, but still good and full of life, and again, I loved that balance that permeated the whole book.
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  • daisychainbooks
    January 1, 1970
    Heavenly Creatures meets The Slender Man...
  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5 stars* This book is something else and once I started reading I couldn’t stop until I had all the answers so a little warning to anyone looking to pick this up set aside a few hours of your day because you won’t want to put it down. “Broken Things” begins with a murder and the suspects are none other than the victims two best friends and the guy she used to date. Jump forward five years and the case is still technically unsolved but anyone who has read up on it believe the trio have gotten *4.5 stars* This book is something else and once I started reading I couldn’t stop until I had all the answers so a little warning to anyone looking to pick this up set aside a few hours of your day because you won’t want to put it down. “Broken Things” begins with a murder and the suspects are none other than the victims two best friends and the guy she used to date. Jump forward five years and the case is still technically unsolved but anyone who has read up on it believe the trio have gotten away with murder and with the anniversary of her death approaching their lives collide and they decide its time to find her killer and clear their names once and for all and finally put the whole thing behind them. The title of this book couldn’t have been better because at the very core of the novel is a very broken girl and the ripple effect of her death on those closest to her and how they too find themselves struggling to put the pieces of their lives together and move forward. A big part of this story is another book detailing the adventures of three girls into the fantasy world of Lovelorn and the snippets of that story intermixed with the fan fiction written by our three main girls really helped show the descent into madness and the disintegration of their friendship as one of them begins to blur the line between fantasy and reality making it almost impossible to pull apart the threads of her life to find the true killer lurking in the shadows. If you’re a fan of Pretty Little Liars or just on the hunt for a good mystery with a bit of a book within a book counterpart this is a perfect novel for you and I really want to end this review like both of those stories did but I feel like it wouldn’t really make sense but trust me when I say it’s brilliant. **special thanks to the publishers and edelweiss for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review!**
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  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    January 1, 1970
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 3.5*I have some quite polarized thoughts about this book. Quite a bit of it I loved. Because it's Lauren Oliver and she's fabulous and I generally love all the things she writes. But then there were a few things that irked me. Like, a lot. Obviously, the only way to handle such a situation is a good stuff versus bad stuff, right? Right. The Stuff I Liked: •Oh goodness, the writing. As You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 3.5*I have some quite polarized thoughts about this book. Quite a bit of it I loved. Because it's Lauren Oliver and she's fabulous and I generally love all the things she writes. But then there were a few things that irked me. Like, a lot. Obviously, the only way to handle such a situation is a good stuff versus bad stuff, right? Right. The Stuff I Liked: •Oh goodness, the writing. As always, Lauren Oliver knocks it out of the damn park. It's so quotable, so lovely, really. And so very easy to devour. I read almost the whole thing in one day, and it is not a short book by any means. •I loved how real the characters seemed. Even when they were being awful. Perhaps especially when they were being awful. These girls were pretty judgmental in general, but the way they were written made them also seem incredibly realistic. Because honestly, who among us hasn't passed judgment on another person? It was almost like showing that not-so-nice side of people, but it's an inner dialogue we've all had at one point or another- even if it's uncomfortable to admit. •The mystery was definitely consuming! The girls had such a rough time of things after the death of Summer- they were vilified by pretty much everyone (because obviously the world will eat up a story in which the best friends are suspects) and haven't had much success moving on. I liked that their friendship, especially their relationship moving forward, was explored so in depth. But also, I wanted to know who the real murderer was, because of course! •There's just a lot of commentary on messed up societal crap. Like how Brynn has to legitimately fake drug use just to get mental health help paid for. How disgustingly invested strangers are in the lives of teenage girls. And it goes on- those are early things that aren't spoilers, but trust that the book makes a lot of awesome points in that regard. •It was just plain old entertaining and engaging. This is hard to put into words of course, but the book was just enjoyable. The Stuff I Didn't: The fat shaming. •I'll tell you upfront, there are a lot of unpleasant things that happen in this book. I mean, it's about a young girl's murder, so. But the fat shaming was really unnecessary and didn't make sense in the story. The "fat" character was a friend of one of the main characters, and she was apparently "obese" at 180 pounds. And it is stated that she is normal height, too. But she has "thyroid problems and prediabetes". What now!? This isn't the only time her weight is mentioned in an unflattering light, it just happens to be the one I have saved. Anyway, it made me stabby- especially because I can imagine a teen reading this and thinking "but wait- I am 180 pounds so does that mean I am grossly overweight?" and okay, don't young women have enough problems? And if it had anything to do with the story, or was resolved in any way, I'd probably have been less stabby, but it wasn't, so here we are. •The ending underwhelmed me. I mean, I am glad it did have an ending! (Especially since I am still so worked up over Requiem.) I just felt that it was kind of anticlimactic for a book that had been so engaging up until that point. Bottom Line: Definitely enjoyed reading it, would have probably been close to five stars if I'd liked the ending better. Still a solid book, one I am glad to have read!
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  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Once upon a time there were three girls. Mia was a gifted dancer and selectively mute. Brynn was a lesbian and a loner. Samantha was the broken foster child who drew them together because of her obsession with an obscure children's book called THE WAY INTO LOVELORN. The girls were 12 or 13 when Samantha was murdered and the Mia and Brynn and their friend Owen were suspected of murdering her. Mia and Brynn were never charged but Owen was charged and the charges dismissed because the police messed Once upon a time there were three girls. Mia was a gifted dancer and selectively mute. Brynn was a lesbian and a loner. Samantha was the broken foster child who drew them together because of her obsession with an obscure children's book called THE WAY INTO LOVELORN. The girls were 12 or 13 when Samantha was murdered and the Mia and Brynn and their friend Owen were suspected of murdering her. Mia and Brynn were never charged but Owen was charged and the charges dismissed because the police messed up the evidence. The experience tore the kids apart.Five years have passed. Mia's parents have divorced leaving her with her mother who has become a hoarder. She has lost her gift for dancing and is home-schooled because of the bullying she faced after Summer's death. Brynn spends her time in rehab because she finds it safe despite the fact that she doesn't have any addictions. Owen was taken away by his father to finish his schooling out of the country.They get together along with Brynn's cousin Wade who has a website about the crime to try to find out what really happened to Summer and find some closure and a way to move on with their lives. The story is told by Mia and Brynn in separate chapters in the current time and during the time when Summer died. There are also chapters from THE WAY INTO LOVELORN and the sequel that the three girls were writing. The story was complex and filled with emotions. The characters were well developed and interesting people. While the story is a mystery, as much attention on placed on the characters of each of the girls and their tangled and twisted relationships. I liked the way Summer was revealed in all her strengths and weaknesses through the course of this story.This was an engaging story that grabbed my attention and held it to the very end.
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  • Catie
    January 1, 1970
    2 1/2 stars “Five years ago, when I had just turned thirteen, I killed my best friend. I chased her down and cracked her over the head with a rock. Then I dragged her body out of the woods and into a field and arranged it in the center of a circle of stones I’d placed there with my other friend, Mia. Then we knifed her twice in the throat, and five times in the chest.”Now that’s what I call a hook! For that beginning, I have to hand it to Lauren Oliver. When I sell this book, all I’ll really nee 2 1/2 stars “Five years ago, when I had just turned thirteen, I killed my best friend. I chased her down and cracked her over the head with a rock. Then I dragged her body out of the woods and into a field and arranged it in the center of a circle of stones I’d placed there with my other friend, Mia. Then we knifed her twice in the throat, and five times in the chest.”Now that’s what I call a hook! For that beginning, I have to hand it to Lauren Oliver. When I sell this book, all I’ll really need to do is read the first page, and my job will be done. Unfortunately, the first few pages are pretty much all that I like about this book. After the initial spark, everything quickly unravels into a chronic case of BLAND. The characters are interchangeable, the drama is predictable, the relationships play out exactly as one predicts, and the murderer is revealed swiftly and randomly with a certainty that is both unearned and illogical. The victim, despite how much Oliver tries to sell her as some sort of enigmatic dream girl, comes across as a complete asshole, making me mostly glad that she died and not sympathetic toward her at all (and I LIKE difficult characters). Worst of all – the “Lovelorn Chronicles” – supposedly the creepy gateway fiction that led to all of this dysfunction in the first place – proves itself (through snippets interspersed between each chapter) to be a completely boring, blandly written snoozefest that I’m surprised could motivate anyone to fanfictionalize it, much less, use it as the inspiration for a ritualistic murder.I’m not a Lauren Oliver fan, and that proved true here in her latest book. For similar (and better) reads coming out this fall, check out Sadie and A Room Away from the Wolves instead.
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  • Andi (Andi's ABCs)
    January 1, 1970
    I forgot how much I adore a good Lauren Oliver book until I read a new one. This one was AMAZING! Like it was seriously everything I love about her books and storytelling. I want to read it for the first time all over again! Review to come.
  • Sahil Javed
    January 1, 1970
    Another book by my favourite author of all time? Take my money! It's not even out yet but I already know I'm going to love it. I need this in my hands immediately.
  • Eliza Rapsodia
    January 1, 1970
    **ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review**REVIEW IN ENGLISHSome time ago, I read Lauren Oliver's works with the dystopian trilogy Delirium. I saw the talent she has to narrate and build characters, even though with the last book of that trilogy I was deeply disappointed. Still I requested this book to read it. And believe me, I am pleasantly surprised.Vermont, United States. The small town of Twin Lakes is still shocked by a tragic event: five years ago, Summer Marks, a thirt **ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review**REVIEW IN ENGLISHSome time ago, I read Lauren Oliver's works with the dystopian trilogy Delirium. I saw the talent she has to narrate and build characters, even though with the last book of that trilogy I was deeply disappointed. Still I requested this book to read it. And believe me, I am pleasantly surprised.Vermont, United States. The small town of Twin Lakes is still shocked by a tragic event: five years ago, Summer Marks, a thirteen-year-old girl, was murdered and the killer was never found. Her friends, Mia Ferguson and Brynn McNally, are the principal suspects and everyone blame them for it. Five years have passed but Summer's ghost is still present. Mia and Brynn are dead and alive: everyone blame them but they know they did not do it. Not knowing what happened is a question that does not let them live in peace. Until one day, Mia and Brynn meet again.Broken things is a novel with a premise that might seem typical at first, but the key is that it's a well done and interesting novel: a complex friendship, three friends, a book, a murder and a mystery. The novel is narrated alternating the past and the present from the points of view of Mia and Brynn. We get to know them very well and through them the ghost of Summer is present, the friend who united them and separated them. When they were thirteen, Summer brought with her The Way into Lovelorn, a book that obsessed them so much that they began to write a fanfic of how the story would continue.Summer's death destroyed the lives of Mia and Brynn. Both are trapped in a spiral where everyone blames them, although they know they are not guilty. I think Lauren Oliver did a great job. Both characters are very well constructed, their voices are defined and we can understand and get to know Summer herself: a troubled girl, thirsty for love and obsessed with the fantastic story of Lovelorn.Brynn and Mia's reunion is the point when the story develops into a mistery: they will find the truth of what happened to Summer. Other characters like Owen, Mia's old friend, Abby, Mia's new friend and Wade, Brynn's mother's cousin. Although they are not as developed as the two main protagonists, they add to the story. We are intrigued to discover the clues contained in the history of Lovelorn and if they will help to reveal the truth.Although I feel that the novel does not escape certain topics and common places in YA and I found a lack of closure in Brynn's story, I truly belive Lauren has written a good and engaging story. She plays with the mystery, pointing the finger to certain people and their motivations. What really happened? Broken things is a well worked novel, with consistent characters; a novel that talks about love, friendship and guilt.I definitely recommend it.***************************RESEÑA EN ESPAÑOLHace tiempo que había leído el trabajo de Lauren Oliver con la trilogía distópica Delirium. En ella vi el talento que tenía para narrar y construir personajes aunque al final la saga me decepcionó hondamente. Por eso cuando estaba navegando en Edelweiss (sitio del que les hablaré pronto), encontré que este libro estaba disponible para leerlo y reseñarlo antes de su publicación. No lo pensé mucho y lo pedí para leerlo. Y créanme que fue una grata sorpresa. Vermont, Estados Unidos. El pequeño pueblo de Twin Lakes se vió conmocionado por un trágico suceso: cinco años atrás, Summer Marks, una niña de trece años, fue asesinada y no se encontró al responsable. Sus amigas Mia Ferguson y Brynn McNally son las sospechosas y en ellas recayó toda la culpa de lo que sucedió. La amistad conflictiva de Summer, Mia y Brynn es un gran peso enlazado con el libro que las unió: The way into Lovelorn. Cinco años han pasado, pero el fantasma de Summer sigue presente: el no saber qué paso no las ha dejado vivir en paz. Hasta que Mia y Brynn vuelven a reencontrarse. Vermont, donde sucede la historia. FuenteBroken things es una novela que tiene una premisa que podría parecer normalita al principio pero que la clave es que está muy bien trabajada: una amistad compleja, tres amigas, un libro, un asesinato y un misterio. La novela está narrada alternando el pasado y el presente desde los puntos de vista de Mia y Brynn. Así vamos conociendo como cada una lidia con su pasado y así aparece el fantasma de Summer, la amiga que las unió y las separó. Cuando tenían trece años,  Summer trajo con ella el libro The way into Lovelorn, un libro con el que las tres niñas se obsesionaron, tanto que empezaron a escribir un fanfic de cómo seguiría la historia si la autora habría escrito una segunda parte.El pasado, el presente y la muerte de Summer han destrozado las vidas de Mia y Brynn. Vamos descubriendo como sus vidas han sido un desastre desde entonces: Brynn quedándose en casas de rehabilitación y escapando de su familia; Mia dejando de lado lo que más ama, soportando las obsesiones de su mamá y las miradas de miedo de los otros. Ambas están atrapadas en una espiral donde todos las culpan, aunque ellas saben que no lo hicieron. En este aspecto creo que Lauren Oliver se luce con creces. Sus dos personajes están muy bien construidos y trabajados, sus voces se distinguen y podemos entender y conocer las motivaciones de la propia Summer, personaje que cambió sus vidas: una niña conflictiva, sedienta de amor y obsesionada con la historia fantástica de Lovelorn. Así las cosas la novela narra como el reencuentro de Brynn y Mia hace que decidan tomar cartas en el asunto y se pongan en marcha para encontrar la verdad de lo que le sucedió a Summer. Aparecen otros personajes como Owen, el antiguo amigo de Mia, Abby, la nueva amiga de Mia y Wade, el primo -primo de la madre- de Brynn. Aunque no están tran trabajados como las dos protagonistas, son personajes que agregan a la historia. Nos embarcamos junto a ellos en una aventura para descubrir pistas contenidas en la historia de Lovelorn qué ayuden a esclarecer qué pasó, y eso me ha parecido el mayor gancho del libro: quieres saber como va a acabar todo.Aunque siento que la novela no escapa de ciertos tópicos del género como que los jóvenes pasan días sin que sus padres sepan que hacen o donde están. Y que al final me faltó algo de cierre en la historia de Brynn, creo que la historia funciona muy bien. Lauren juega con el misterio, apuntando a varios frentes y haciendo que como lector pienses y trates de deducir quién es el verdadero culpable. Y creo que ha sido una experiencia lectora intrigante y amena. Creo que ha sido una historia bien escrita, bien trabajada, con personajes consistentes que encierra una reflexión sobre la amistad, el amor, la culpa y el desamparo.Sin duda la recomiendo mucho y he vuelto a recuperar mi fe en Lauren Oliver. Maravilloso.
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  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    January 1, 1970
    Broken Things grabs you right from the first chapter.  I did figure out the killer, but I wasn't sure why they did it until the end.  There are also lots of warnings for this one including child murder, abuse, animal sacrifice, and super shitty things said about lgbtq+ and overweight/fat rep.  The pacing of this book was great and I found it hard to put down at times.  Broken Things goes back in forth in time and also has two narrators.  At the end of chapters, there are excerpts from a book.  A Broken Things grabs you right from the first chapter.  I did figure out the killer, but I wasn't sure why they did it until the end.  There are also lots of warnings for this one including child murder, abuse, animal sacrifice, and super shitty things said about lgbtq+ and overweight/fat rep.  The pacing of this book was great and I found it hard to put down at times.  Broken Things goes back in forth in time and also has two narrators.  At the end of chapters, there are excerpts from a book.  All of the characters are flawed.  Some more than others.Mia stayed home after Summer's murder, but was home schooled.  She became friends with Abby (probably my favorite character) who was also home schooled.   Mia still thinks about her first love, Owen.  She has anger over the fact that Summer kissed Owen and also because Owen was a suspect in the murder.  Brynn left home.  She was in rehab and realized she felt better there than back at her house.  So she faked addiction with the help of her cousin, Wade.  Wade was obsessed with trying to figure out who really murdered Summer.  He was really the only person that Brynn had a relationship with.Brynn gets home just in time for the five year anniversary of Summer's murder.  Mia had just found a clue while cleaning out her house (her mom is a hoarder).  Even though they haven't been friends the whole time, both girls decide that they want to find out what happened.  Owen is also back and he joins them along with Abby and Wade.  All five of them work through things from the past and try to solve the murder that they were accused of.We see a lot of Summer in the book, even though she doesn't have a voice.  Summer was a foster kid with a lot of issues.  There was definitely something dark about her, but both Mia and Brynn adored her.  They did everything they could to please her.  There is a lot more I could say, but I don't want to chance any spoilers.  I enjoyed this book and went back and forth with 3  1/2-4 stars.  I knew I would round up either way, so I'm just going with 4.Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for providing me a copy for review.  Broken Things will be published on October 2, 2018 by HaperCollins.  
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  • Kath (Read Forevermore)
    January 1, 1970
    ** An arc of this book was sent to me by the publisher.rating: 3.5 / 5I found the beginning of this book to be really intriguing and brilliant. After that, it was a bit slow and I have to admit that I did skim over a good majority of the book. The ending reveal of this book was kind of a bore and expected. The writing style of this book was great, and I loved all of the metaphors the author included. Dark and melancholy is just my perfect cup of tea. But it got a bit cringy at times. I love the ** An arc of this book was sent to me by the publisher.rating: 3.5 / 5I found the beginning of this book to be really intriguing and brilliant. After that, it was a bit slow and I have to admit that I did skim over a good majority of the book. The ending reveal of this book was kind of a bore and expected. The writing style of this book was great, and I loved all of the metaphors the author included. Dark and melancholy is just my perfect cup of tea. But it got a bit cringy at times. I love the story, and it was a fantastically plotted story of friendship and murder. Unfortunately, I found the characters in this story to be too annoying and just not relatable. I also found the "fat" rep to be atrocious.
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  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    I love everything Lauren Oliver does, I really do and Broken Things was no exception. I loved the characters, the way it was narrated, the suspense, the twists and how I did not see the ending coming. What makes me put off one star to this lovely, smart and addictive book is the trigger warnings that unsettled me while I read and even after that. Please be careful while reading. That, and I would have liked more of a conclusion for both the narrators :)Trigger warnings: graphic violence, murder I love everything Lauren Oliver does, I really do and Broken Things was no exception. I loved the characters, the way it was narrated, the suspense, the twists and how I did not see the ending coming. What makes me put off one star to this lovely, smart and addictive book is the trigger warnings that unsettled me while I read and even after that. Please be careful while reading. That, and I would have liked more of a conclusion for both the narrators :)Trigger warnings: graphic violence, murder (children), murder and abuse of an animal (described), homophobic comments (challenged), fat shaming comments.Definitely recommend this book if you're looking for a great mystery/thriller!Full review coming soon :)Thank you to HarperCollins International and #bookishwish for the ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, influenced my thoughts and rating. My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bloglovin'
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  • Deanna (Deanna Reads Books)
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on my review blog < a href="https://deannareadsbooks.blogspot.com... Reads Books TRIGGER WARNINGS: Murder, abuse, animal abuse, pedophilia, self harm, fat-shaming and violenceFirst of all, as you can see from my trigger warnings above, this book is messed up and it deals with a lot of uncomfortable topics. If any of these are things that you can't stomach in a book or are just something you are not comfortable reading about I highly advise you consider passin This review was originally posted on my review blog < a href="https://deannareadsbooks.blogspot.com... Reads Books TRIGGER WARNINGS: Murder, abuse, animal abuse, pedophilia, self harm, fat-shaming and violenceFirst of all, as you can see from my trigger warnings above, this book is messed up and it deals with a lot of uncomfortable topics. If any of these are things that you can't stomach in a book or are just something you are not comfortable reading about I highly advise you consider passing on this one. The book does deal with a murder of child and it goes into graphic details right in the first chapter. I'm not really squeamish and even I thought, "HOLY CRAP!" I found myself more bothered by the graphic animal abuse, and it did make me have to put the book down for a little bit. I also wasn't a big fan of all the fat-shaming when it came to the character of Abby. I liked Abby a lot, and it was really problematic how she was shamed in this book. These things made me rate this book a little lower than I think I normally would have. As a fan of true crime, this one definitely hooked me in right away, because I HAD to know who done it. I love a good cold case, but I also find them disappointing because I want to know who did it and I want there to be justice for the victim. In starting this book, I was really excited to solve this so Summer's ghost could finally be put to rest. The summary on the back of the bookk reminded me a lot about the Slenderman stabbings, so I wonder if the author was inspired by that story. Just thinking about that made me really want to get to the bottom on this mystery. I read a lot of other reviews where readers thought the killer/reveal was a little obvious, but not to me. I took extensive notes too, but I kept changing my mind on who I thought it was. At one point I even thought that maybe the girls were even lying to the reader. Clearly it's a good thing I never became a detective, because I would have been very bad at it! I liked that the killer was not who I expected at all since it challenged my preconceived notions about what type of person kills another person.I liked that this book gave us both Brynn and Mia's perspectives from the current time and little snippets of their lives before Summer died. Those flashbacks were really hard to read, because that age sucks. I think I had some war flashbacks of middle school when I was reading them. Seriously, you could not pay me enough money to want to re-do middle school. Both Brynn and Mia seem to have a really hard time, but the person that makes it hard is the person that is supposed to be their best friend! Summer was a real Queen B with a Capital B if you know what I mean. She was horrible to everyone, but that doesn't mean she deserved what happened to her. She was a broken lonely girl that was just starting to find her identity, but when she was murdered she left her friends in a similar if not worst state. I think the thing that stuck with me the most is just how ostracized Brynn, Mia and Owen are from their town. Even though they were all acquitted and the case was never really solved, everyone in their town seems to think they know better. I think it's a really interesting commentary on people like me that are a little too obsessed with true crime and who spend too much time speculating on if a person who has been a acquitted is really innocent or not. It really says a lot about people that when they don't have a real answer to a mystery, they just blame the most obvious scapegoat. It definitely made me think about some things. In the end, I think the thing I liked the most about this novel is that while trying to just finally solve things once and for all, Brynn and Mia get to really see that they are two broken people that could have helped each other instead of abandoning each other. I really liked their renewed friendship, even though it was rocky and little toxic at first. I loved how they got their own kind of "scooby gang" to figure out the mystery and FINALLY have closure so they could move on with their lives. Broken Things is a dark novel, but it's a really engaging mystery that I DID NOT want to put down. If you are a fan of Lauren Oliver, or you haven't read any of her books yet, I would highly recommend this. A must for any true crime fans as well. *A copy of this bound advance reader's edition was sent to me via the publisher, this in no way effects my review.
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  • Briana Prieto
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Harper Collins for gifting me my first ever ARC! And for introducing me to the brilliant Lauren Oliver I have never read anything written by Lauren Oliver but this definitely will not be the last time. Lauren Oliver's Broken Things is an edge of your seat roller coaster ride with an enthralling mystery revealing secrets and unpleasant truths. Lauren Oliver cuts right to the chase from the first page introducing us to the three best friends Mia, Brynn, and Summer. Their friendship a str Thank you Harper Collins for gifting me my first ever ARC! And for introducing me to the brilliant Lauren Oliver I have never read anything written by Lauren Oliver but this definitely will not be the last time. Lauren Oliver's Broken Things is an edge of your seat roller coaster ride with an enthralling mystery revealing secrets and unpleasant truths. Lauren Oliver cuts right to the chase from the first page introducing us to the three best friends Mia, Brynn, and Summer. Their friendship a strong one, turning into a deadly ending. Mia, Brynn, and Summer become obsessed with this book, “The Tales of Lovelorn” that Summer introduced to Mia and Brynn. They revolve their lives and friendships on this book recreating scenes of it for fun, and together writing a sequel of the book. The three girls get so enveloped with this book, it becomes a reality for them. They use this make believe city ‘Lovelorn' as an escape of their actual lives. Different POV's are used here. It jumps between Mia and Brynn, and also Then and Now. I usually am not a fan of when an author does this, but Lauren did a beautiful job transitioning into each POV.Throughout the story, I became emotionally attached to Mia and Brynn. At first I felt bad for Summer until realizing who the real monster was. Mia and Brynn were Summer’s pets and weren’t free from her until she died. Mia and Brynn naturally weren’t their own person without Summer. Their journey to solving Summer’s murder and clearing their name was much more than that. It was more about discovering who they really are and who they are without Summer. My favorite part about ‘Broken Things’ was the reunion of ex friends coming together and solving what really happens to Summer.The end was something I DID NOT foresee. The last 100 pages or so of the book unravel and everything starts making sense. While I feel like the ending was a cut a bit short and ended abruptly. I know why Lauren did it because ‘The Tale of Lovelorn’ ends the same way and I LOVED that tie-in. Overall, I LOVED ‘Broken Things’ at some points. I felt it was dragging a bit but I loved every minute of this book I found it so hard to put it down when I had to. I am so grateful to have been given this ARC by HarperCollins and I’m excited to read more of Lauren Oliver’s books in the future.
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  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Brynn and Mia are the Monsters of Brickhouse Lane, suspects in the gruesome murder of their best friend Summer when they were only 13 years old.  Summer's body was found in a field, knifed twice in the throat and five times in the chest.The police believe the two girls and Summer's sort-of boyfriend Owen worked together to murder Summer but they're never able to come up with sufficient evidence.  The case against Brynn and Mia is dropped and Owen is acquitted in criminal court.Five years later, Brynn and Mia are the Monsters of Brickhouse Lane, suspects in the gruesome murder of their best friend Summer when they were only 13 years old.  Summer's body was found in a field, knifed twice in the throat and five times in the chest.The police believe the two girls and Summer's sort-of boyfriend Owen worked together to murder Summer but they're never able to come up with sufficient evidence.  The case against Brynn and Mia is dropped and Owen is acquitted in criminal court.Five years later, Brynn is jumping from one rehab to another in an attempt to stay away from the town that believes she's a killer.  She doesn't have any kind of drug or alcohol problem, she just feels safer in rehab without the judgment of the outside world and so she fakes addiction with the help of dirty urine provided by her weird cousin Wade.Mia left behind public school for a private tutor and has done well and made friends with Abby, a YouTube fashion sensation.  Mia's mom is virtually a shut in and has turned into a hoarder over the traumatic five years that have passed.While cleaning the house, Mia finds a copy of The Way into Lovelorn, a Narnia-esque novel by Georgia C. Wells that the friends were obsessed with at 13.  The novel is about three girls who find another world in the forest near their home but they can only visit when they're all together.  The novel ends mid-sentence and Summer, Brynn, and Mia decided to write a sequel and give a proper ending to the story.Brynn, Mia, and Owen all find themselves back in town at the same time, which happens to be at the fifth anniversary of Summer's murder.  Working together they look for clues in the final days of Summer's life, including what was going on at home with her foster parents, with the boy(s) she was seeing, and her chapters of the Lovelorn sequel.With the help of Abby and Wade, they rush to solve Summer's murder, clear their names once and for all, and find out the truth about Lovelorn.Broken Things is a dark YA mystery/thriller blending fairy tales and murder, fiction and reality, past and present to solve a gruesome crime.  I enjoyed the pace of the novel but the ending felt too abrupt and a few character sub plots were lacking resolution.  Overall this was an exciting and quick read!Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss for a DRC in exchange for my honest review.  Broken Things is scheduled for release on October 2, 2018.For more full reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com
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  • Crescent Moon
    January 1, 1970
    I am shook. Reading this book is like playing a game of Clur in which you know the murder weapon, and the spot of the murder, but you have no idea who did it. Reading this is a really enjoyable reading experience. Each chapter ends on a sort of cliffhanger and it tugs you back into the story. All of the characters are unique and fun to read about. I just wish they were a little more fleshed out. The story, although a murder mystery, is nothing like anything else I have ever read. Broken Things i I am shook. Reading this book is like playing a game of Clur in which you know the murder weapon, and the spot of the murder, but you have no idea who did it. Reading this is a really enjoyable reading experience. Each chapter ends on a sort of cliffhanger and it tugs you back into the story. All of the characters are unique and fun to read about. I just wish they were a little more fleshed out. The story, although a murder mystery, is nothing like anything else I have ever read. Broken Things is a really good book. And if you guess the murderer, congrats I never could've.
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  • Dylan
    January 1, 1970
    3 stars. Blah. Plus the fat rep was pretty atrocious.
  • Jessica (a GREAT read)
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC from a fellow blogger in a fair trade. My review is completely honest and voluntary; I was in no way compensated for this review.I was excited to see that Lauren Oliver had a new thriller coming out this year, Broken Things was a most memorizing and spellbinding kind of tale! Things were twisted and messy and unclear, which pretty much made for an excellent murder mystery!Five years ago, Summer, Mia, and Brynn were the best of friends. They were an unlikely trio that came tog I received this ARC from a fellow blogger in a fair trade. My review is completely honest and voluntary; I was in no way compensated for this review.I was excited to see that Lauren Oliver had a new thriller coming out this year, Broken Things was a most memorizing and spellbinding kind of tale! Things were twisted and messy and unclear, which pretty much made for an excellent murder mystery!Five years ago, Summer, Mia, and Brynn were the best of friends. They were an unlikely trio that came together because Summer was a force to be reckoned with. She was a bold and fierce girl and Brynn and Mia just sort of gravitated to her one day. Summer was in love with a particular book called “The Way into Lovelorn” that was basically a modern day fairy tale of sorts that sounded positively amazing! Summer was always upset that the author, ended the book in a way that left room for a sequel, yet one never came. So she and her friends decided to write one themselves. Then the unthinkable happens, Summer is murdered in a most brutal and cruel way…a way that mimics exactly what happened to a character in their fanfic.Mia and Brynn were accused of murder but the charges never suck because of a lack of evidence. Both girls have tried to move on with their lives in the best ways that they could, but it was nearly impossible to do so. And then one day when cleaning, Mia finds Summer’s copy of her beloved book and inside was a note, one that led her to believe that Summer may have been keeping secrets from her and Brynn. And soon, the two friends find themselves coming together again and trying to figure out what really happened to Summer that fateful night so long ago.This was a most excellent mystery! It was a very different kind of story in some ways too. We alternated between Mia and Brynn’s point of view and we also alternated between the present and five years ago leading up to Summer’s death. It made for interesting storytelling to say the least. Though at times, I couldn’t quite figure out if the “flashbacks” were happening in chronological order or not. They would seem to, but then it felt like it jumped around a bit. It was hard to tell at times to be honest, but the story from the past was still understandable. I just can’t help but wonder though, if the memories weren’t totally organized.The mystery itself was fairly decent too. Though I honestly felt like it took a while for to get some suspects. The pacing was a tad slow in a few places, but I tend to take that in stride when it comes to mysteries. It seemed odd to be investigating a murder from years ago as well, especially for teenagers and that they really had very little to go on as well. It worked though. I try not to look for the logic in most books because sometimes that’s only something the author can see and plus you know, the whole fiction thing! Lol.There was an added touch of romance, for both Brynn and Mia with their respective peoples. I was glad that the romance didn’t really take over the story. It wouldn’t seem natural had there been a lot of kissing and whatnot going on when there’s a mystery to solve! And kudos to Lauren for throwing in a Scooby Doo reference! I’ll love you forever for that!The only thing that bothered me about the ending was that we only got one of the girl’s perspectives. Having alternated the entire book, I thought it would’ve been nice to get both of their input/thoughts on what happened and everything. Alas, it was only one of them. But I must say I enjoyed how Lauren ended it ended it. I kind of saw that coming based on the way things played out with the trio of friends. It was kind of fun…if still a touch aggravating! Lol!Broken Things was a mystery with heart. There were a lot of social issues that came up that felt very relatable to our current time. It was a book with edge and shadows and a pretty twisted mystery! I can only hope that Lauren is not done with this genre yet!Overall Rating 4/5 starsBroken Things releases October 2, 2018
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