Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

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...

Details Broken Things

TitleBroken Things
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy, Contemporary, Fiction

Reviews Broken Things

  • 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.CW: Mur...
  • jessica
    apart from her ‘delirium’ 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 ...
  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
    🤔 What really happened to Summer 😵 ? Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods. Everyone thinks her best friends did it... they didn't. Broken Things 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 wit...
  • Hamad
    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...
  • Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Alana • thebookishchick
    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 sto...
  • 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, Broken Things 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 Slenderman Stabbing that happened a few years back. The main characters, Mia...
  • Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)
    "Before we were the Monsters of Brickhouse Lane… we were just girls." 4.5 Broken Things is a standalone YA thriller with multiple perspective. Five years after their best friend was murdered, people still believe Brynn and Mia were the ones who did it, even though the cops couldn’t prove it. The three girls were obssessed with a fantasy novel called The Way Into Lovelorn and it turns out Summer was killed in a similar way to a Love...
  • 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...
  • Laura
    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...
  • Vani
    3.5 stars.I really thought the whole time that this would be five stars for me. The ending/big reveal, though, is so lackluster that I basically had to fight from the moment it became obvious what was going to happen to push through the remainder of the book. I've been on a mystery/thriller kick and WHY does it seem that so many people write 4/5 of a book, put all the character's names in a hat, pull out the person who will now become the murdere...
  • Melissa
    That ending!! Wow. I have the impression that I held my breath for the second half of the book, and that I can finally breathe. Wow.Many thanks to HarperCollins Canada for my early copy! ❤ That ending!! Wow. I have the impression that I held my breath for the second half of the book, and that I can finally breathe. Wow.Many thanks to HarperCollins Canada for my early copy! ❤️
  • Eli
    I mean it wasn't bad but I just expected so much more. I didn't really care for most of the characters and I think I really didn't like that this somehow turned into a love story??
  • Megan ❀
    PSA: this has gay girls in it!!! Y'all get on this!!!It's interesting, whenever I pick up a fantasy book, I usually know from reviews beforehand if the novel has LGBT+ characters. But for some reason, with contemporary/mystery/thriller books, I have no idea until I see it explicitly on the page. This has happened to me with three different novels and I really think the universe has given me a sixth sense for finding gay girls in contemporaries.Su...
  • Mary
    THE GOOD:* you all know I’m trash for thrillers/murder-mysteries, so it was virtually impossible from the get go for me to not like this lolol* this book toyed with my mind SO much - I kept asking myself whether there was indeed something supernatural happening or was I losing my mind* and honestly, what better way is there for you to know a book is good: “is it making me question my life, sanity and choices? yes. PERFECT, I’M SOLD”* huge...
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    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...
  • Gaby (lookingatbooks)
    I absolutely loved this
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    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 wit...
  • Stacee
    I read to 45% and then skipped to 85% and read to the end. This seemed to have everything I could have wanted, but sadly I was disappointed. Mia and Brynn sounded exactly the same. I had to pay attention to the things in their surroundings to remember who was who and even then it wasn’t super apparent at times—especially with the past and present flip flopping. The best part of this story was Abby. I loved her snark and style. Plot wise, I wa...
  • Amy
    I admit, there are very few Lauren Oliver books I don't like. I always find her stories to be addicting and I don't hate her characters (which is a real struggle). I thoroughly enjoyed this and I can't wait for another Lauren Oliver novel (that isn't sci-fi because fuck that.)Also it was a not so pleasant reminder that middle school girls are pretty much monsters and I'm really glad I don't have to deal with them anymore.
  • The Library Ladies
    (originally reviewed at )I want to say thank you to Edelweiss for providing me with an eARC of this novel!Horrorpalooza has officially begun!!! As you all know, the month of October is where I try to do all horror/upsetting thriller, all the time, and kicking off with the new Lauren Oliver is a great way to begin! Lauren Oliver has written some pretty stellar YA novels in multiple genres, but I think that her mind bending th...
  • ☾ kath
    im not 100% sure how i feel about this book just yet, it was interesting and i didn’t guess the killer but this book felt a little too long
  • Patty (IheartYA)
    2.5 stars. Not impressed. I've read a couple other books of Oliver's and was hoo-hum about those too. Nothing special, bland, basic. Could have passed on this one. Was waiting for suspense but it flopped.
  • Adah Udechukwu
    Broken Things is a bit good. It started well. The first page had me hooked but the last 5 chapters was underwhelming.
  • Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
    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
  • Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
    ★★★★☆The nonlinear narrative accompanies Mia and Brynn, known as The Monsters of Brickhouse Lane, as they investigate potential suspects in the ritualistic death of their friend Summer. Summer Marks is a foster child, her mother a substance abuser, her only possession a novel acquired from her maternal mother. The Way Into Lovelorn is a fantasy novel written by Georgia Wells and despite being published, the novel is incomplete. A point ...
  • Milena
  • ♥ Kayleigh Kehoe ⚜ (Awkword Reviews)✍
    I 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 ...