Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Teaser Tuesday: Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver.

Broken Things – HarperCollins

That’s the story the way everyone tells it, at least, a story repeated so many times, accepted by so many people, it has become fact.
— Page 5

It started snowing. Flurries at first. But soon fat flakes were coming down, as if the whole sky was chipping away slowly, and I was freezing, and I’d had enough.
— Page 242

Children’s fantasy can be overboarding and children can be cruel. Even and especially in combination and to each other. When all evidence seems more than clear it is no wonder when the murder of young Summer is put on her two best friends Mia and Bryn. The only reason they’re not convicted is an error in procedure. But everyone is convinced they know how it happened. Bryn has even checked into a psych-ward and Mia has closed herself away from most of the world. Only – they really didn’t do it. And now, five years later, the truth finally wants out.
So far, I have known Lauren Oliver for her post-apocalyptic and yet deeply romantic writing. But wow can this woman write dark and twisty thrills (with also a side note of love, but it’s really just a trace). There is so much going on besides the murder investigation and possible danger to the main characters. There are questions of identity and family and not least of all of friendship. On first glance, you wonder how three girls that are so different could ever be best friends. Where is the line between a bossy friend and a manipulative aggressor? Toxic friendship is definitely something that can and should be addressed in more contexts.
I immediately fell for this book, its rich narration and well-developed characters. The twists and turn felt very thoughtfully planned and executed. I want to say more about the twist but that would definitely be spoilery so I’ll close this with a very blunt recommendation for everyone who likes reads with depth and a certain thrill factor.

Do you have an author switch genres with such an ease that you happily follow them across books? Share your thoughts and teasers in the comments!


Girl Who Reads said...

This book sounds really good. MK French has our teaser this week at Girl Who Reads

sjhigbee said...

I love the sound of this one! Thank you for sharing - and yes... the author I love who writes in a huge variety of styles is Jo Walton, who I think is greatest, most accomplished SFF writer of our generation...

Laura said...

Ooh, this does sound good. Wonderful writing and great excerpts!

My TT from Cruel Candy

KB said...

Adding to my TBR pile. Thanks

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