March 05, 2018

#BookReview: The Summer of Broken Things by Margaret Peterson Haddix

About the Book:

From New York Times bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix comes a haunting novel about friendship and what it really means to be a family in the face of lies and betrayal.

Fourteen-year-old Avery Armisted is athletic, rich, and pretty. Sixteen-year-old Kayla Butts is known as “butt-girl” at school. The two girls were friends as little kids, but that’s ancient history now. So it’s a huge surprise when Avery’s father offers to bring Kayla along on a summer trip to Spain. Avery is horrified that her father thinks he can choose her friends—and make her miss soccer camp. Kayla struggles just to imagine leaving the confines of her small town.

But in Spain, the two uncover a secret their families had hidden from both of them their entire lives. Maybe the girls can put aside their differences and work through it together. Or maybe the lies and betrayal will only push them—and their families—farther apart.

Margaret Peterson Haddix weaves together two completely separate lives in this engaging novel that explores what it really means to be a family—and what to do when it’s all falling apart.




Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Recommended Age: Young Adult 
Genre: Realistic Fiction 
How I Acquired this book: Netgalley
Overall rating: ★★
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About the Author:
Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including the Children of Exile series, The Missing series, the Under Their Skin series, and the Shadow Children series. A graduate of Miami University (of Ohio), she worked for several years as a reporter for The Indianapolis News. She also taught at the Danville (Illinois) Area Community College. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio. Visit her at HaddixBooks.com.

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: This could have been better. 

Check out author's other books? No
Recommend this book? No

Notes and Opinions: I really wanted to love this one but sadly it just wasn't for me. I think this might be the last book that I try from this author as it seems that a lot of her titles just don't work for me at all.  This one started out really well I really wanted to love the girls but they both just irritated me. Their situation and the pacing and the story set in summer was perfect though. It would have been a great beach read.  The twists were good but there was just too much that didn't work for me at all.  If you are a fan of Mean Girls and shows like that you might enjoy this one much more than I did. 

Go Into This One Knowing: Mean girls meet Road Trip Mystery!
 









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