I finally got around to reading Broken Things! I have an arc of it I got in August but I saw the audiobook on Scribd last week so I listened to it while I was at work and I really enjoyed it!! I have never read a Lauren Oliver book before and I am really glad I decided to give Broken Things a shot!
Title: Broken Things
Author: Lauren Oliver
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery
Release Date: October 2, 2018
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.
The best way that I can describe Broken Things is by saying that it is a perfect mix of Pretty Little Liars and season 3 of Riverdale. While I was reading it was all I could think of, it is a perfect combination of these 2 things, and somehow, it works? I’m not a fan of Riverdale and even though I enjoyed PLL when I watched it, there are clear issues with the storylines and a million other things. That being said though, Broken Things managed to take all the good things out of these and create an interesting murder mystery that kept me intrigued the entire way through.
The novel has a narration that alternates between two characters, and this is something that usually worries me in books. A lot of times alternating narration is not done well enough to a point where the reader is able to keep up with what is happening, and who is who. I never had an issue keeping the POV’s straight and that is something I really appreciated about the writing.
What I found most interesting about this story were the details that weren’t at the forefront of the plot. For example, one of the things that drew me into this was seeing how the murder of their best friend, Summer, affected how their town perceived them. They weren’t guilty, but their town placed the blame on them, and it changed their paths in life drastically.
The mystery wasn’t obvious, although I’m sure many people may have guessed it, I never felt like there was one person that was clearly being set up to be revealed as the murderer. I was actually really pleased with the ending and who was revealed, which was really satisfying.
There isn’t anything about this book that stuck out to me as a negative, but there also wasn’t anything (besides maybe the reveal) that I loved a lot. All in all, this book was highly entertaining and an enjoyable read. But, I also think that had I not had the option of listening to the audiobook, I never would have read the physical book. It is a bit longer than I would like, at over 400 pages, so it would really have had to draw me in at the very beginning. That being said though, I don’t regret using a few hours of my work day to listen to this audiobook.
I do hope that more YA murder mysteries will start getting a bit more popular. It feels like there aren’t very many, but the ones that are out there are great. There’s maybe only one or two that I tried to read that I didn’t enjoy.
Overall, I’d recommend this if you are looking for a murder mystery, but maybe wouldn’t if you are starting to tire of some YA cliches. They aren’t too abundant in this book but are definitely present. As I said, it feels very much like a Riverdale/Pretty Little Liars crossover, so keep that in mind if you are trying to decide whether to read this!
Thank you so much for reading! Let me know if you read this or wanting to read this, I’d love to hear your thoughts!