Summer of Broken Things

Summer of Broken Things

Book - 2018
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From New York Times bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix comes a haunting novel about friendship and what it really means to be a family in the face of lies and betrayal.

Fourteen-year-old Avery Armisted is athletic, rich, and pretty. Sixteen-year-old Kayla Butts is known as "butt-girl" at school. The two girls were friends as little kids, but that's ancient history now. So it's a huge surprise when Avery's father offers to bring Kayla along on a summer trip to Spain. Avery is horrified that her father thinks he can choose her friends--and make her miss soccer camp. Kayla struggles just to imagine leaving the confines of her small town.

But in Spain, the two uncover a secret their families had hidden from both of them their entire lives. Maybe the girls can put aside their differences and work through it together. Or maybe the lies and betrayal will only push them--and their families--farther apart.

Margaret Peterson Haddix weaves together two completely separate lives in this engaging novel that explores what it really means to be a family--and what to do when it's all falling apart.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, c2018
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781481417648
Branch Call Number: YA HAD
Characteristics: 395 p. ;,22 cm


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Jun 28, 2018

I had really high hopes for this book, and I was quite disappointed. I feel as though the "secret" they uncovered was really overrated. I won't spoil or reveal what the secret was, but I will say that if it were me, I would not have been mad about the secret itself. The beginning was sort of disastrous because it was a bit hard to get a grip on the characters (they were all over the place and I was quite lost) and from there I think the book just went down hill. Everything in the book felt really rushed. I can't say I liked this book.

Jun 27, 2018

This book’s two main characters started off so cliche I knew they were bound to change by the end. When I started reading it I thought it might not be my cup of tea. But I am impressed at how much I enjoyed reading about their journeys of self improvement along the way. It was interesting to see two people from opposite ends of life come together which I feel like doesn’t happen too often in real life. For a summer read I usually enjoy things with a little more romance and this was more coming of age.
- @bookanarchy of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

This book shows what happens when two drastically different teens, fourteen year old Avery and sixteen year old Kayla - are forced to go to vacation with one another in Spain. These former best friends had drifted apart as they developed into completely different people into adolescence, however while on vacation family secrets are revealed and these two girls are brought back together. The characters are written true to age and not over dramatized and character development is evident over the course of this novel. Although cheesy and slow paced at times, it is an easy read that carries along a message. I would rate this book 3.5/5 stars and recommend it to those who are still trying to find themselves or who are interested in young adult dynamics.
- @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

This is not my typical genre. I rarely read YA books unless they have romance in them. The Summer of Broken Things is more of a coming of age family drama. The main characters are fourteen and sixteen and they felt true to their actual age. This made them seem young compared to many characters in YA novels, but I feel most of the time authors write characters who come across as being too mature for their actual age.There were parts of this that felt very authentic and then portions that felt a little unbelievable. This book hooked me and kept me reading which says something as I put down a lot of books that don't hold my interest. This had no romance and no real action but I found myself connecting with the characters and wanting to find out their secrets. Rating: 4/5
- @Book_Hero of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The Summer of Broken Things is a story about two girls whose worlds seem to collide and fall apart while on summer vacation together, and the ways it changed them. Avery and Kayla are teens who have serious issues to work through. They are very different personalities with insecurities and preconceived notions of who they are and their place in society. Avery is rich, pretty, popular and worldly. Kayla is quiet, awkward and the butt of ugly jokes. The book was quite a disaster in the beginning, because the characters were all over the place, but once I got past the first few chapters it was a great book! Rating 4/5 stars.
- @momo of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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