Broken Things

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...

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Title:Broken Things
Author:Lauren Oliver
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Broken Things Reviews

  • Liz Barnsley

    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.

  • Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)

    Actual rating: 3.5

    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: 3.5

    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.

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  • Tammie

    4.5 stars for me. I found Broken Things to be a unique book-slightly disturbing but a good read.

    Main characters Brynn, Mia and Owen were all accused of a horrific crime when they were younger-the killing of their friend Summer. Summer was left in a field and stabbed multiple times. There wasn’t enough evidence to charge anyone but the three remained ostracized from the local community.

    Fast forward 5 years later and these now teens set out to clear their names and find out the truth of what hap

    4.5 stars for me. I found Broken Things to be a unique book-slightly disturbing but a good read.

    Main characters Brynn, Mia and Owen were all accused of a horrific crime when they were younger-the killing of their friend Summer. Summer was left in a field and stabbed multiple times. There wasn’t enough evidence to charge anyone but the three remained ostracized from the local community.

    Fast forward 5 years later and these now teens set out to clear their names and find out the truth of what happened the day Summer was killed.

    Broken Things is very well-written and I enjoyed all the characters in the book. I would recommended this to fans that like mysteries and darker theme books. Though labeled YA, I’d say more older teens and adults due to the graphic nature of the book (my opinion only).

  • Hamad

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found

    🌟 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.

    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.

  • Alana • thebookishchick

    Let's just get this out of the way first, the cover of this book is actual

    , 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

    , 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 

    a book that Summer, Mia, and Brynn were obsessed with. Picture a 

    , 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.

    -The way the past, present, and snippets from 

    and 

    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

    -The killer. I guessed who murdered Summer

    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

    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!

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  • Chelsea Humphrey

    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.

    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.

  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

    Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods. Everyone thinks her best friends did it...

    was definitely an engaging read, unfortunately it was also quite predictable. The story begins on the 5th anniversary of Summer's brutal murder. We know that her best friends, Mia and Brynn, didn't do it. Yet, each girl holds pieces of the puzzle, secrets they have never shared with anyone.

    Mia and Brynn haven't spoken since they were a

    Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods. Everyone thinks her best friends did it...

    was definitely an engaging read, unfortunately it was also quite predictable. The story begins on the 5th anniversary of Summer's brutal murder. We know that her best friends, Mia and Brynn, didn't do it. Yet, each girl holds pieces of the puzzle, secrets they have never shared with anyone.

    Mia and Brynn haven't spoken since they were accused of Summer's murder. While cleaning out her home Mia uncovers the book they were obsessed with - The Way into Lovelorn. In the early days of their friendship the girls spent their days recreating the book in their very own Lovelorn, a decorated shack in the woods. The girls' frenzy for the story lead to a shared obsession for writing a sequel. Mia knows the truth of Summer's murder is somehow tied to Lovelorn. Summer was the most obsessed of them all. She had introduced them to the world of Lovelorn and was its gatekeeper. After her death, Lovelorn had simply disappeared. One day the shack was there with its flowered wallpaper and decorations. The next, it was back to being just a dusty abandoned shack. It was as if their Lovelorn had never really existed. The police wrote off Mia's story as fantasy but she knew there was more to it. Lovelorn had existed and the key to solving Summer's murder lay with it.

    I enjoyed the idea of the story and the main characters were well developed. Brynn and Mia were both struggling as a result of their friend's murder. I found the direction their lives had taken since the murder interesting and enjoyed watching them reconnect. The cast of side characters - Owen and Abby were quirky and awesome. So why then did I rate the book just 3 stars? The predictability factor did it for me. I figured out who really killed Summer very early on and while I was hoping to be proven wrong, I wasn't. I was also very underwhelmed by the entire reveal. Once I suspected who it was, I knew the reason - it was the only plausible one in my mind. I was really hoping for something more. All in all this was a good read. It just wasn't amazing.

  • jessica

    apart from her

    series (which i adored), lauren olivers books have been a hit or miss for me. however, i was really looking forward to reading this because this is the first time ive read any sort of mystery story by LO and i couldnt wait to see how she did.

    overall, i wasnt too disappointed with this, but it didnt excite me as much as i wanted it to, either. true to her style, the writing in this is wonderful. its the kind of prose that makes you want to read the entire book in one sit

    apart from her

    series (which i adored), lauren olivers books have been a hit or miss for me. however, i was really looking forward to reading this because this is the first time ive read any sort of mystery story by LO and i couldnt wait to see how she did.

    overall, i wasnt too disappointed with this, but it didnt excite me as much as i wanted it to, either. true to her style, the writing in this is wonderful. its the kind of prose that makes you want to read the entire book in one sitting. but the characters? not so much. there just wasnt anything about them that made me become invested in their lives, which is kind of the opposite of what you want from a murder mystery. also, the conclusion felt very underdeveloped, in my opinion. maybe it was because i didnt guess the ending like most people did, so it just felt like a 400 page book was quickly wrapped up within a short chapter.

    regardless, i thought the fantasy element mixed in with a mystery was really clever. i liked how it was a book within a book and i thought the writing reflected that very well. i think this is perfect for any lauren oliver fans, but i wouldnt recommend it to anyone looking for a gripping mystery.

  • Cesar

    2 stars.

    For the most part, mystery novels, whether they be YA or adult, have always left me entertained with their stories. I've read my fair share of good mysteries as well as bad ones. And unfortunately,

    is one of the bad ones. Not bad that I hated the story, but bad in that I was expecting more but didn't get much.

    Broken Things takes inspiration from the

    that happened a few years back. The main characters, Mia and Brynn are the town pariahs. Five years ago, t

    2 stars.

    For the most part, mystery novels, whether they be YA or adult, have always left me entertained with their stories. I've read my fair share of good mysteries as well as bad ones. And unfortunately,

    is one of the bad ones. Not bad that I hated the story, but bad in that I was expecting more but didn't get much.

    Broken Things takes inspiration from the

    that happened a few years back. The main characters, Mia and Brynn are the town pariahs. Five years ago, they were accused of killing their friend Summer in a ritualistic way based on a book they've read. Since there was no incriminating evidence that they actually killed Summer, they were let go but their reputation went down the drain afterward. Now, five years later, something comes up that brings both girls back together to find the real murderer.

    I should've liked this book. It's got a mystery, complex characters, and knowing Lauren Oliver, it has good writing. But in the end, I didn't have much of a good time.

    CW: violence and animal abuse.

    If I had to sum up my thoughts on Broken Things, it would be wasted potential. There was so much about this book I should've liked. It wasn't until I was halfway through with it that I knew I would be disappointed. I still held onto the hope that it would get better but it didn't. And when I got to the end, I wasn't really satisfied with how it ended either.

    Pros.

    I liked the characters of Mia and Brynn. They aren't simple characters. They are very much complex in regards to their emotions and actions. They can be straightforward that may come off as rude, but I find this trait to be a good thing. How they handle situations as well as their own internal struggles made me like them as characters and as individuals.

    Lauren continues to shine in her writing. To me, I like it when she writes in 1st person because we can get to know her character's thoughts. We get to see more development from the characters (or whatever development there is for any character) as well as reading their true feelings.

    Cons.

    Though I liked Mia and Brynn, there were moments in the book where I confused the two together. Earlier, I said they can be straightforward and that trait is what made me confuse the two. When a chapter from Mia's perspective was over, I thought I was still reading her POV in the next chapter only to find out I was now reading from Brynn's POV. It wasn't a major problem but still a flaw.

    The mystery was not the best part of the story. There are other books out there who did take inspiration from the Slenderman Stabbing (the only one I can name is Mister Tender's Girl), but Broken Things failed on creating a complex mystery. Don't get me wrong, I was fully invested in the mystery, but as I kept reading, I just wasn't as invested as I was when starting it. I think this was the biggest flaw in the story. Which is such a shame since there was so much potential here.

    When I said Broken Things was wasted potential, I do mean it. I wanted more from it. It just didn't work out for me.

    Thanks for reading my review!

    -Cesar

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