A young adult psychological mystery.
This latest read is brought to us by an author of quite a few books I have every intention of reading.. eventually. I’ve heard only amazing things about Lauren Oliver, author of the ‘Delirium‘ series(tbr), but I’m left undecided..
‘The Magician’s’ meets ‘Pretty Little Liars’ (and a little bit of ‘Scooby Doo’) as Lauren Oliver brings us a journey of friendship, our darkest secrets, and discovering who we are when confronted with the worst in people.
There are spoilers.. There are always spoilers. Sorry!
Three friends. A book. And a murder.
With the entire town convinced of their guilt, two girls will desperately search for answers about who really killed their friend. They didn’t do it. And if it wasn’t them? Then a killer is still out there and the mystery of their story.. of Lovelorn.. is still unfolding.
“Before we were the Monsters of Brickhouse Lane—before everyone from Connecticut to California knew us by that tagline, and blogs ran pictures of our faces, and searching our names led to sites that crashed from all the traffic—we were just girls, and there were only two of us.”― Lauren Oliver, Broken Things
When the charismatic Summer Marks comes to town, she befriends a shy Mia and outspoken Brynn, and the unlikely group soon become inseparable.
Summer’s unhealthy obsession with a strange book solidifies her hold over the others as the friends quickly lose themselves in the magic of ‘Lovelorn’. Lovelorn, a fantastical place of wonder only accessible to the three of them together. As the mystery begins to touch their real lives in dark ways, the girls will soon find themselves in the center of a different story, one that will effect the lives of everyone in the community.
A young girl is dead, murdered, and half a decade later the tragic case remains unsolved.
“The problem with fairy tales isn’t that they don’t exist. It’s that they do exist, but only for some people.”― Lauren Oliver, Broken Things
Victims of circumstance, Mia and Brynn continue to face the suspicion and hostility from the towns people. But when Mia discovers a clue that could shine a light on what happened that fateful day, and as others join them on the hunt for justice(and redemption), the unimpressive team of woefully unsupervised teens find themselves questioning everything. Even eachother.
Rising tension comes to a boil when the group’s secrets and lies are slowly revealed, threatening a shaky truce, and forcing them all to question one another.. And if they ever knew Summer at all.
“That’s the thing about hearts. They don’t get put back together, not really. They just get patched. But the damage is still there.”― Lauren Oliver, Broken Things
I give this book three and half stars. ⭐⭐⭐
Characters: Were young and undeveloped. They’re really just confused and angry teenagers recklessly solving the riddle of ‘who done it’. I didn’t find myself all that attached to them overall.
Liked: I’m compelled to give the stories featuring magical books or tomes a try. I appreciated the realistic development of the group dynamics and relationships.
Disliked: It ran pretty slow at times. Would’ve liked more back story for Summer. There are only hints and small tidbits about her past, her mother, and Lovelorn.
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