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, Fantasy, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Gaby (lookingatbooks)
    I absolutely loved this
  • Olivia (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
  • ♡ Kayleigh ⚯͛
    ♡ blog ♡ bookstagramI 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...
  • Vanessa
    I literally ate this book up. Lauren Oliver's writing was gorgeous and it created an atmosphere that managed to be dark and thrillery AND still sweet and hopeful and enjoyable to read, the balance was amazing to me. I also loved the way fantasy was tied into the story and sometimes blurred the edges of what was real. The characters were flawed and dealing with a lot of hard things, but still good and full of life, and again, I loved that balance ...
  • Jackie
    *4.5 stars* This book is something else and once I started reading I couldn’t stop until I had all the answers so a little warning to anyone looking to pick this up set aside a few hours of your day because you won’t want to put it down. “Broken Things” begins with a murder and the suspects are none other than the victims two best friends and the guy she used to date. Jump forward five years and the case is still technically unsolved but ...
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 3.5*I have some quite polarized thoughts about this book. Quite a bit of it I loved. Because it's Lauren Oliver and she's fabulous and I generally love all the things she writes. But then there were a few things that irked me. Like, a lot. Obviously, the only way to handle such a situation is a good stuff versus bad stuff, right? Right. ...
  • Kathy Martin
    Once upon a time there were three girls. Mia was a gifted dancer and selectively mute. Brynn was a lesbian and a loner. Samantha was the broken foster child who drew them together because of her obsession with an obscure children's book called THE WAY INTO LOVELORN. The girls were 12 or 13 when Samantha was murdered and the Mia and Brynn and their friend Owen were suspected of murdering her. Mia and Brynn were never charged but Owen was charged a...
  • Catie
    2 1/2 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 in the chest.”Now that’s what I call a hook! For that beginning, I have to hand it to...
  • Andi (Andi's ABCs)
    I forgot how much I adore a good Lauren Oliver book until I read a new one. This one was AMAZING! Like it was seriously everything I love about her books and storytelling. I want to read it for the first time all over again! Review to come.
  • Sahil Javed
    Another book by my favourite author of all time? Take my money! It's not even out yet but I already know I'm going to love it. I need this in my hands immediately.
  • Eliza Rapsodia
    **ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review**REVIEW IN ENGLISHSome time ago, I read Lauren Oliver's works with the dystopian trilogy Delirium. I saw the talent she has to narrate and build characters, even though with the last book of that trilogy I was deeply disappointed. Still I requested this book to read it. And believe me, I am pleasantly surprised.Vermont, United States. The small town of Twin Lakes is still shocked by a t...
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    Broken Things grabs you right from the first chapter.  I did figure out the killer, but I wasn't sure why they did it until the end.  There are also lots of warnings for this one including child murder, abuse, animal sacrifice, and super shitty things said about lgbtq+ and overweight/fat rep.  The pacing of this book was great and I found it hard to put down at times.  Broken Things goes back in forth in time and also has two narrators.  At...
  • Kath (Read Forevermore)
    ** An arc of this book was sent to me by the publisher.rating: 3.5 / 5I found the beginning of this book to be really intriguing and brilliant. After that, it was a bit slow and I have to admit that I did skim over a good majority of the book. The ending reveal of this book was kind of a bore and expected. The writing style of this book was great, and I loved all of the metaphors the author included. Dark and melancholy is just my perfect cup of ...
  • Marie
    I love everything Lauren Oliver does, I really do and Broken Things was no exception. I loved the characters, the way it was narrated, the suspense, the twists and how I did not see the ending coming. What makes me put off one star to this lovely, smart and addictive book is the trigger warnings that unsettled me while I read and even after that. Please be careful while reading. That, and I would have liked more of a conclusion for both the narra...
  • Deanna (Deanna Reads Books)
    This review was originally posted on my review blog < a href=" Reads Books TRIGGER WARNINGS: Murder, abuse, animal abuse, pedophilia, self harm, fat-shaming and violenceFirst of all, as you can see from my trigger warnings above, this book is messed up and it deals with a lot of uncomfortable topics. If any of these are things that you can't stomach in a book or are just something you are not comfortable re...
  • Briana Prieto
    Thank you Harper Collins for gifting me my first ever ARC! And for introducing me to the brilliant Lauren Oliver I have never read anything written by Lauren Oliver but this definitely will not be the last time. Lauren Oliver's Broken Things is an edge of your seat roller coaster ride with an enthralling mystery revealing secrets and unpleasant truths. Lauren Oliver cuts right to the chase from the first page introducing us to the three best frie...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Brynn and Mia are the Monsters of Brickhouse Lane, suspects in the gruesome murder of their best friend Summer when they were only 13 years old.  Summer's body was found in a field, knifed twice in the throat and five times in the chest.The police believe the two girls and Summer's sort-of boyfriend Owen worked together to murder Summer but they're never able to come up with sufficient evidence.  The case against Brynn and Mia is dropped and Ow...
  • Crescent Moon
    I am shook. Reading this book is like playing a game of Clur in which you know the murder weapon, and the spot of the murder, but you have no idea who did it. Reading this is a really enjoyable reading experience. Each chapter ends on a sort of cliffhanger and it tugs you back into the story. All of the characters are unique and fun to read about. I just wish they were a little more fleshed out. The story, although a murder mystery, is nothing li...
  • Dylan
    3 stars. Blah. Plus the fat rep was pretty atrocious.
  • Jessica (a GREAT read)
    I received this ARC from a fellow blogger in a fair trade. My review is completely honest and voluntary; I was in no way compensated for this review.I was excited to see that Lauren Oliver had a new thriller coming out this year, Broken Things was a most memorizing and spellbinding kind of tale! Things were twisted and messy and unclear, which pretty much made for an excellent murder mystery!Five years ago, Summer, Mia, and Brynn were the best of...