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Publisher's Summary

With all the intensity and whiplash turns of Sharp Objects and One of Us Is Lying, this engrossing psychological thriller by New York Times best-selling author Lauren Oliver is an unforgettable, mesmerizing tale of exquisite obsession, spoiled innocence, and impossible friendships.

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.

©2018 Laura Schechter (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Only ok

I kept hoping for more... and hoping for more... and it never got there. Definite teen fiction. The narration was not good. Some of the characters were so overdone it was painful to listen to. One of those books I finished because I wanted it to prove me wrong. Sadly- no such luck.

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A lot to get to nothing.

It seemed like it took forever for the story to actually develop. And when it did develop there wasn't much going with the story. I found Broken Things to be boring.

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Meh

Lauren Oliver is one of my favorite authors. However I feel this book fell short of her talent. I think that the story is very disjointed and not because it is told by several different characters and takes place in different timelines (then and now). In fact that is my favorite way of listening to a book (ever since Gone Girl changed the way a lot of books are written now) The story just did not flow and I find none of the characters are very likeable. I will not give up on Ms. Oliver, though I think I might wait to purchase her next book until I read what other reviewers are saying. #Disappointed #noflow #tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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juvenile and scattered. bummed I couldn't return

super juvenile and scattered. reader may have been better if given better materials to work with.

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It was a very good murder mystery book

it was good. as a 7th grader, I look for good books like these. so 10/10 good job

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Like a news story pulled apart and relived

such a good story from beginning to end. switching narrators adds to the story by making it feel like you really are in the mind of that character when in their perspective. Lauren Oliver does it again!

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Loved it but...

I absolutely loved this book... I love everything by her though. I do wish there was a little more back story on Mrs. Gray though. my only complaint is that even though I had guess how she was going to end it I still hated it. I am still angry about it haha. totally worth it though!

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Could have been better

Brynn and Mia are falsely accused, then cleared, of murdering their best friend Summer. Five years later Brynn, just out of rehab for an addiction she faked, comes back to town. Mia drowns in her mother’s hoarding as she tries to put her life back together. Together, with Owen, another innocent victim of the rush to judgment, they try to solve Summer’s murder.

BROKEN THINGS, a take off from the real life Slenderman attempted murder does so many things right with wonderful complex characters and an intriguing plot. Unfortunately, Lauren Oliver’s writing lacked tension and didn’t engage me one bit. I so wanted to love BROKEN THINGS but felt no reluctance to put down the story and take breaks. I didn’t consider staying up late to finish. My heart never pulsed. Told in Then and Now alternating from Brynn’s and Mia’s points of view, I had difficult remembering the narrator and time frame.

If I was rating on storytelling I’d be pressed to give two stars. The five star characters, plot and reveal brought the rating up to three, but I’m hard pressed to recommend.

ETA: the audiobook was well done

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Fine but not the best

This isn’t the best in this genre. The story was fine, pretty predictable, i casually listened while doing house projects and had to keep replaying parts because I kept zoning out of the story. If definitely didn’t capture my attention. The “twist” was meh.

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its alright.

as i thought it wasnt going to have a full closure ending. it kind of let me down honestly. I love the journey to the ending just not getting there.