Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

Summary:
It’s been five years since Mia and Brynn murdered Summer Marks, their best friend, in the woods.
Increasingly obsessed with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn and with their fan-fiction imagining of its sequel, the girls were drawn by an undertow of fantasy into the magical world they’d created. But eventually, their delusions turned sick, and the Shadow, Lovelorn’s central evil, began to haunt them.
Or so the story goes. The only thing is: They didn’t do it.
Brynn and Mia have both found different ways to hide from their notoriety, seeking refuge from a world that hates them—a world that will never feel magical, or safe, ever again.
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 past and present, fiction and reality begin again to intertwine, Brynn and Mia must confront painful truths they tired for so long to bury—and face the long shadow of memory that has, all this time, been waiting.
In this engrossing, twisty novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver weaves an unforgettable, mesmerizing tale of exquisite obsession, spoiled innocence, and impossible friendships.
Broken ThingsReview:
Broken Things has been sitting on my bookshelf, waiting to be read, for entirely to long. This was such an interesting but also bizarre story. It ended up being way darker than I was anticipating (yes, I did know it was a murder mystery).
As with any book, there were things I liked and things I didn’t. I’ll mention the few things I didn’t like first. There were quite a few things that I think should be warned about in this book. There’s a pretty descriptive part that involved animal cruelty. And also just all around violence. But my issue with the story was that for most of the book I struggled to remember who was who. Mia and Brynn had such similar voiced I couldn’t remember who was who and which chapter I was in.
Despite that, I did really end up liking the characters. They were diverse in size, sexuality, smart, all the ways that matter. They were flawed and a realistic cast of characters. Each dealing with their own issues, but all tied together through Summer. Summer reminded me a bit of Alison DiLaurentus from Pretty Little Liars, but only in the sense that she was the thing the characters had in common and that she was dead.
I really liked the inclusion of the story the girls love and ended up writing their own fan fiction of. I thought this was a really interesting aspect of the story. A bunch of outsiders bonding through their desire to escape to the fictional world. Though the author ending the book on an unfinished sentence bugged me for a decent chunk of the book.
Overall, this book was darker than I thought it was going to be, but I still really enjoyed it. I didn’t predict the killer but after finding out their identity it seemed obvious to me with the hints that were left. I thought this was a fun story and definitely would be good for a Spooktober TBR.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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