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Broken Things von Lauren Oliver
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Broken Things (2019. Auflage)

von Lauren Oliver (Autor)

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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.… (mehr)
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Titel:Broken Things
Autoren:Lauren Oliver (Autor)
Info:HarperCollins (2019), Edition: Reprint, 432 pages
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Broken Things by Lauren Oliver is not at all what I expected when I finally delved into it. I did expect a murder mystery, but I did not plan for the social commentary aspect of the story. I actually like the story more because it included the latter. The fact that Ms. Oliver is not afraid to tackle difficult topics like bullying, abusive relationships, and mental health adds not only complexity but also a layer of gravitas on top of something that would simply be another teenage murder mystery.

In fact, you might argue that Broken Things is more social commentary than a murder mystery. As we dive into each girl’s life since the murder and discover how messed up they are five years after, the story becomes less a whodunit and more a closer look at the dangers of false accusations and unhealthy relationships with yourself and with others.

What ultimately dooms Broken Things is the rather neat ending that seemingly ignores or glosses over all the messy details that make up the heart of the story. The happy ending is nice because the girls are so damaged. At the same time, the ending is too clean and too neat. The characters have too many rough edges and cracks for them to heal so suddenly, yet there is no doubt that Ms. Oliver leaves each character well on the path to a glowing future. For such an edgy novel, it deserves an edgier, more realistic end. ( )
  jmchshannon | Oct 9, 2021 |
This was going to be a five-star read up until the very last sentence. It really annoyed me.

Anyway, this book had me hooked since page one. I don’t read lots of murder mysteries because a lot of the ones I’ve picked up in the past have bored me, but I’m so glad I picked this one up. ( )
  Akacya | Feb 28, 2021 |
A broken girl. An obsession turned deadly.

Summer was the glue that held Mia and Brynn together. But all that changed when Summer was brutally murdered. The two girls who had been her best friends became the Murders of Brick House Lane. It didn’t matter if it was true or not. The town is convinced they did it. Brynn commits herself to rehab after rehab, in an effort to avoid what has happened. Mia hides in silence, barely able to speak. When the two friends are reunited, they begin to search for the truth of what happened.

Five years ago, the three girls began writing a sequel to their favorite novel, The Way into Lovelorn. They began to imagine being in Lovelorn, a world where they could leave behind all the troubles of their lives. Each of the three girls carried their own harsh realities. Flawed families, insecurities over who they were and dark pasts. Lovelorn was supposed to be their escape. As the story unfolds, the reader is immersed in a dark world where a simple story becomes an obsession.

Being different in a small town isn’t easy, and Lauren Oliver immerses you in the lives of three misunderstood girls. I was lost in the words of dark memories and hidden truths, as Brynn and Mia strived to understand what happened five years ago. Walking in their shoes, reading as they were ridiculed and gossiped about in their hometown, made me feel how painful it was for them to lose someone. They had no one to talk to, no one to mourn with. The town blamed them for Summer’s death, and they had to bear the burden alone. It’s no wonder their lives spiraled as they did.

This was a gripping read, intense and dark. It was more than just a murder mystery. It was a story about friendship, darkness, and obsession. ( )
  Letora | Dec 26, 2019 |
One of my occasional (often accidental) encounters with YA literature. It’s always interesting to drop in on Planet Millennial, even if just makes me relieved to return to Planet Middle Aged and my cardie and slippers at the end of it. Reading this I was forcefully reminded of my 19 year-old daughter patiently informing me “Mum, *everyone* is bi nowadays”.

The novel’s premise was interesting - three teenagers get overly invested in a novel set in a fantasy land with black magic and child sacrifice. It all gets a bit heavy and one of them ends up dead with the others implicated in her murder. The depiction of teenage relationships - particularly the vile way teenage girls can treat one other - rang true, as well as the way that fascination with particular works of fiction can build to obsession and the blurring of the lines between fantasy and reality.

I found myself wondering to what degree the author had planned out the fictional “Lovelorn” as well as the characters’ fan-fic version, or whether it was just a series of themes and brief quotes to introduce the chapters. Either way it worked convincingly as a book-within-a-book. I liked the energy with which it was written, though I found it hard to distinguish the voices of Brynn and Mia, the two narrators, both having a tendency to use ostentatious similes to depict body language. In parts it comes across a bit like an episode of Scooby Doo (and this is indeed acknowledged in the text) and one could probably follow the principles of that show to guess the culprit, though for my part I found myself not particularly invested in the whodunnit element of the story, more the atmosphere and the way it was written. Now...what’s happened to my slippers and my cardie..? ( )
  jayne_charles | Oct 28, 2019 |
(3.75)

I was engrossed by this story and really wanted to get to the end to see how it all played out. This story was very well written and atmospheric which meant i was totally absorbed and got through the book quite quickly.

I loved Brynn and Mia and was almost more interested in them and their lives than i was the murder mystery.
Lovelorn appealed to my sense of nostalgia and brought back memories of me reading about Narnia when i was a child. This coupled with a tense suspenseful plot made for a very interesting combination. The intermittent flashbacks and the multi perspective between the two main characters was also incredibly well done and really added a lot of depth to the story.

Unfortunately whilst the ending wasn't bad, it didn't live up to the suspense that the author had steadily built up throughout the book and left me feeling a little underwhelmed especially as i has already guessed who it might have been.

I think this book will appeal to a lot of people as it manages to seamlessly blend fantasy, mystery and thriller together. ( )
  SaraChook | Jun 19, 2019 |
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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.

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