Author: Sara Barnard Publisher: Macmillan Release Date: 25th February 2016 Genre: YA, Contemporary Pages: 322
I was brave She was reckless We were trouble
Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.
If I’m to put it simply, this is amazing. I finished it a couple of days ago and I’m still kind of in a book hangover from it. The story follows a pair of best friends, Caddy and Rosie, whose friendship is “interrupted” by the sudden arrival of a new girl at Rosie’s school – Suzanne. Throughout the book, the reader discovers the baggage that Suzanne has brought with her and, oh my is it dealt with marvellously.
I had zero problems with this book. I think I maybe loved it so much because it just dealt with the complexities of female friendships, which tbh isn’t seen that much in YA. I’ve read a lot, possibly too many books that always feature a romance but I’m really glad that this book didn’t have one really.
“But people we love come and go, Caddy. That doesn’t mean we loved them any less at the time.”
This is fantastically well-written. The characters are so loveable and I’m literally 30 pages away from finishing A Quiet Kind of Thunder (Barnard’s second novel) and it’s made me realise that Barnard just gets teenagers. Like she just understands us. Also the fact that it was set in Brighton made it even better. Plus the ending is so tense, like I did not expect it at all and I was sprinting through the last 60 pages to find out what was gonna happen. Nerve-wracking af.
Anyways, this is amazing and everyone should go read this fantastic book because it’s so so so good.