June 06, 2019

#BookReview for Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage


Remember the places you touched me.

The parts of Mira Cillo that Ben touched are etched on his soul.

Palm. Hair. Chest. Cheek. Lips. Throat. Heart.

It was the last one that broke her. 

After her death, Mira sends Ben on a quest for notes she left in the seven places where they touched—notes that explain why she and her sister, Francesca, drowned themselves in the quarry. 

How Ben interprets those notes has everything to do with the way he was touched by a bad coach years before. 

But the truth behind the girls’ suicides is far more complicated, involving a dangerous infatuation, a deadly miracle, and a crushing lie.

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About the Author:  
KIM SAVAGE is the author of three critically acclaimed young adult novels, After the Woods, Beautiful Broken Girls (named by Kirkus as one of the 10 Best YA of 2017), and In Her Skin (YALSA Best YA 2019), all with Farrar, Straus, Giroux/Macmillan. Her novels have been published in Spain, Brazil, and Turkey, and have been optioned for TV. Kim presents at conferences and book festivals nationwide; has been featured on NPR, Herald Radio, and on local cable stations; and she reads from her novels at bookstores across the country. A former reporter with a Master degree in Journalism from Northeastern University, Kim's stories are based in and around Boston. She lives with her family near Boston, not far from the real Middlesex Fells Reservation of After the Woods. Kim and her husband have three children, each of whom beg to appear in her books. They shouldn't.  

You can follow Kim on Insta (kimsavagewrites) and Twitter (khsavage), and visit her at kimsavage.me. 

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
18 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011

To request an interview or an appearance at an event, please e-mail her publicist Morgan Dubin at Morgan.Dubin@macmillan.com.

For all other inquiries, please contact Kim’s literary agent, Sara Crowe, scrowe@pippinproperties.com

Rating: 🌟🌟
My Review: 
This one started out strong and then just kinda fell apart. It grabbed me to start out and I was very interested in the dual timelines but it then just got to much. This story has a LOT going on and it just got pretty boring and way to detailed.  This book has barely any dialogue and is mostly descriptive. The writing is very beautiful at times but it needed some major dialogue. This was just a jumbled mess for this reader.

Gr 10 Up—From the author of After the Woods comes a follow-up novel about sisters who drown themselves in a quarry lake and the boy who loved one of them. Before Mira dies, Ben touches seven parts of her body, in seven different locations. After her death, Ben receives a letter that sends him on a quest through those seven places. The journey introduces readers to a small community where deaths and near deaths are on the rise and adults are powerless to stop the trend. Organized into eight parts, the narrative begins with a Sylvia Plath quotation, which further dramatizes the darkness in store for readers. There is also a mystical element that adds a level of complexity, as well as a plot detour that feels superfluous. Familial ties, friendship, and community trust are all intriguing themes, but the book's central story line is its strength as Ben moves through the stages of disbelief and grief. Teen readers will find sympathy for each character and be moved by the profound sadness of the sisters' short lives. VERDICT A haunting tale that reads like a young adult version of Jeffrey Eugenides's The Virgin Suicides. Give to fans of Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why.—Alicia Abdul, Albany High School Library, NY

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