Review of Broken Things by Lauren Oliver (digital arc)




Broken Things by Lauren Oliver


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.


My thoughts:


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 the end of chapters, there are excerpts from a book.  All of the characters are flawed.  Some more than others.


Mia stayed home after Summer’s murder, but was home schooled.  She became friends with Abby (probably my favorite character) who was also home schooled.   Mia still thinks about her first love, Owen.  She has anger over the fact that Summer kissed Owen and also because Owen was a suspect in the murder.


Brynn left home.  She was in rehab and realized she felt better there than back at her house.  So she faked addiction with the help of her cousin, Wade.  Wade was obsessed with trying to figure out who really murdered Summer.  He was really the only person that Brynn had a relationship with.


Brynn gets home just in time for the five year anniversary of Summer’s murder.  Mia had just found a clue while cleaning out her house (her mom is a hoarder).  Even though they haven’t been friends the whole time, both girls decide that they want to find out what happened.  Owen is also back and he joins them along with Abby and Wade.  All five of them work through things from the past and try to solve the murder that they were accused of.


We see a lot of Summer in the book, even though she doesn’t have a voice.  Summer was a foster kid with a lot of issues.  There was definitely something dark about her, but both Mia and Brynn adored her.  They did everything they could to please her.


There is a lot more I could say, but I don’t want to chance any spoilers.  I enjoyed this book and went back and forth with 3  1/2-4 stars.  I knew I would round up either way, so I’m just going with 4.


Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for providing me a copy for review.  Broken Things will be published on October 2, 2018 by HaperCollins.



Have you read Broken Things?  Have you read other books by Lauren Oliver?  If so, were there any that you really loved?



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I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

16 thoughts on “Review of Broken Things by Lauren Oliver (digital arc)”

  1. I don’t think I’ve read anything by her yet, but this sounds really neat. 😮 The shitty things said about the LGBT+ & fat rep, is it said by the characters, challenged, or is it bad rep by the author, if you don’t mind my asking? I’d like to know what I’m getting into if at all possible.

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    1. It’s basically mean kids calling people names. One of the main characters is a lesbian and people were mean to her at school. Another is overweight and mean things are said about that. There are some mean girls in the book. It felt more realistic than the author being mean about those things.


  2. I’m so glad this was good, I’ve been hoping it would be. I do like Lauren Oliver although I’ve mostly read her newer stuff, not her earliest books yet. Looking forward to this one- nice review!

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  3. I haven’t heard of her but sounds mind bending !

    With anticipation of excitement , I read many others and also written&created my own philosophy.

    I read a lot of true crime and suspense …have You ever heard of the Bone Collector ?
    Author is Jeffrey Deaver he wrote sequel called the Skin Collector it makes the BC/ SK look like a boy scout.

    It will have you crawling with anticipation of fear shivering up your spine.

    I love that I am seen as unpredictable and those will always fear what don’t know

    Absolutely I love when the impact of my twisted envisions sends fear quivering down my audiences spines with blinding anticipation of the unknown.

    I am The Crocodile at the water hole lurking in the shadows.



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