Beautiful Broken Girls

Beautiful Broken Girls

by Kim Savage


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Beautiful Broken Girls 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Thanks to NetGalley and Farrar, Straus and Giroux for the opportunity to read and review Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage. Ben lives next door to the Cillo family, who has recently lost their two daughters, Mira and Francesca. Ben secretly loves Mira and he's devastated by her death. Mira left notes for Ben to find and to help him understand the mystery of the sisters' deaths. The book has a confusing story line that jumps back and forth between characters and from past to present, sometimes randomly. For some reason, Francesca has bleeding holes appear in her palms and the causes of Connie's allergic reaction are never stated. The story is based on possible delusional teens and the consequences when they believe one is a saint and things don't work out as planned. The writing is well done and the characters feel pain and compassion but the story is just not my type,3 stars.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
It sort of breaks my heart to give this 2 stars because I wanted to love it so much. The synopsis was intriguing and I really enjoy unreliable narrators. It started out strong. I was captivated right away. Ben seemed like an interesting character and I loved the idea of the notes and finding out what really happened...and then it sort of went to crap. The timeline flips back and forth. The past chapters tell us what's actually happening with the Cillo girls and it wasn't at all what I was expecting. Not that it was bad {yes, I'm being vague on purpose}, but it did have a lot of things stuffed into the story. For me, it was just too much. I found myself getting bored and completely losing interest in a resolution. I can definitely see how people will love this, but it was lacking a spark and sense of mystery that I was hoping for. **Huge thanks to Farrar Straus Giroux for providing the arc free of charge**
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
I'm currently finding it very difficult to review this book because a) It was harrowing, deep and REALLY REALLY pulled you into the small town setting where two girls went into a lake and never came out. And also b) While the writing in this book was deep and disturbing and EVERYTHING, I'm just not sure how I feel about the way the story ended. Mira and Francesca Cillo are sisters. They are girls whose blood runs thicker than anything. What happens to one of them, happens to them both. Boys, Power and even Death. Ben is the boy next door, and for the longest time, he's been in love with the younger Cillo sister. A month after her death, he gets a letter addressed to him, a letter from a girl who jumped off a cliff with her sister and never flew up. It tells him to go to the seven places he touched here, the seven places where they hid what they were from prying eyes if he wants to know why. If he wants to know why two beautiful girls with their whole lives ahead of them took their own lives. Like I said before, what REALLY pulled me into the book was the writing - Kim Savage REALLY upped her game from After The Woods, and her writing KEPT ME HOOKED. It was heart-wrenching, filled with pain and beauty and unfairness and the underlying concept that WE DIDN'T KNOW EVERYTHING. I LOVED every minute of it - and I've never felt this was about writing style before. Ever. Beautiful Broken Girls alternates between Ben's narration in the present and Mira's or Francesca's in the past - explaining how Ben finds the notes that Mira left him and what he thinks while it flashes back to Mira and Francesca, filling in the blanks. For the first five notes, I WAS IN LOVE. It was a definite five star read, but soon after, I pieced together the ending and it all seemed kind of... off to me? I can't explain it, lest it ruin the book for you, but suffice to say that I wish the ending was something else. A HAUNTED, HEART-WRENCHING BOOK WITH BEAUTIFUL WRITING THAT WILL LEAVE YOU THINKING ABOUT IT FOR A LONG TIME AFTER.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
They found the two young sisters at the bottom of the quarry. They were clutching each other, bound together for all eternity. Did they stumble during the night and fall to their deaths? Perhaps foul play, although who would want to hurt them? Joint suicide pact? Ben had loved Mira and he grieved so hard. When a letter came to him a few days after the girls were found, written by Mira, he wasn't prepared for what she had to say. Remember the places you touched me. As Ben remembers the seven times he touched Mira, the life she shared with her sister, Francesca, comes front and center. Each place that Ben searches reveals another letter, a note, telling him of their strange existence. I really wanted to like this one much more than I did. The title, the cover, the book blurb all drew me in. It failed to live up to ny expectations ... maybe because it was aimed at a much younger reader. I almost gave up when I started skipping pages, scanning for something that would draw my attention. I really liked the character of Ben. Mira and Francesca didn't elicit much compassion or interest from me other than the thought of needless deaths for two teenagers who had so much life left to live. There's also the hint of paranormal with this story. This one just didn't hold my interest. Many thanks to the author / Macmillan Children's Publishing Group / Netgalley for the digital copy of this book. The opinion(s) expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.