Book review : Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

Broken Things is definitely creepy but a good kind of creepy. It is engaging and has a strong set of characters that keeps you playing on their finger tips. The book survives on its characters while the core plot does takes its own time to come into shape and take the centre stage. Broken things definitely justifies its name as the book truly narrates the story of a bunch of broken people and who are trying their best to pull their life together.

Broken Things Official Synopsis

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 RWAT Take

What drew me to the story was the synopsis. The story synopsis was absolutely engaging and piqued my curiosity. Honestly it did take a while for me to actually get comfortable with the book and the plot. The book opens directly to the broken minded characters and sort of sets on a melancholic tone till it kind of reaches its middle and the core of the plot and then you get to see that the book eventually is kind of headed somewhere interesting

For me the book definitely did play on my patience for a bit. But i would say that maybe because i had approached the book seeking a thriller, i did kind of find it a bit away from the path i had taken. So my advice to anyone who is picking up this book is to approach it as a book that deals with broken and tortured minds. The book is more character oriented than a thriller genre book

Somewhere around the fact that the main interesting thing about the book had quickly emerged and sniffled in a mere chapter kind of did upset me. But in whole the way the characters kept the strength of the book is amazing and i loved the book just for its characters.


The book is more of an emotional and mental struggle story and if approached it like that, the book would appeal to you more rather than taking it up as a thriller genre. I loved the plot but kind of felt that an extra depth or attention to the plot was lacking somewhere.

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