Fierce Fragile Hearts

by Sara Barnard

4.5 of 5 stars 2 ratings • 1 review • 4 shelved
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Fierce Fragile Hearts

by Sara Barnard

4.5 of 5 stars 2 ratings • 1 review • 4 shelved

'This book is exquisite' - Holly Bourne, bestselling author of Am I Normal Yet?

Fierce Fragile Hearts is the stunning companion novel to Sara Barnard's YA bestseller Beautiful Broken Things, which was selected for the inaugural Zoella Book Club. It is about leaving the past behind, the friends who form your future, and learning to find love, in all its forms. Now with bold cover look.

Two years after a downward spiral took her as low as you can possibly go, Suzanne is starting again. Again. She's back in Brighton, the only place she felt she belonged, back with her best friends Caddy and Rosie. But they're about to leave for university. When your friends have been your light in the darkness, what happens when you're the one left behind?

  • ISBN10 1529037611
  • ISBN13 9781529037616
  • Publish Date 15 April 2021 (first published 7 February 2019)
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country GB
  • Publisher Pan Macmillan
  • Imprint Macmillan Children's Books
  • Format Paperback (B-Format (198x129 mm))
  • Pages 384
  • Language English


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Rating: 4.5 Stars

Two years after hitting bottom, Suzanne was happy to be returning to the one place she felt she belonged and to her two best friends, Caddy and Rosie. Adjusting to life in Brighton on her own was not as easy as she thought it would be, but it ended up being an eye opening, and positive, experience for Suze.

• Pro: I was ecstatic to catch up with Suzanne, Caddy, and Rosie. Though this was Suzanne's story, Barnard still dedicated a lot of time to the trio's friendship. The ups and downs and ins and outs were explored, and I was happy to see their friendship grow along with them.

• Pro: This was such a raw and honest look at Suzanne's life. She had some really difficult moments in this book, but she also discovered so much about herself. She came to terms with some things from her past and was finally able to set her eyes on the future.

• Pro: It was really sad, that Suzanne's family could not love and support her in the way one expects from their family, but she was so lucky to have assembled such a wonderful support system, even if it took her quite a while to realize they were there for her. Caddy, Rosie, Matt, Aunt Sarah, Kel, and Dilys -- I adored them all, because of the way they loved, supported, and encouraged Suzanne.

• Pro: The friendship that developed between Suzanne and Dilys was so, so special. It was very pure and beautiful. These two lonely souls found comfort in each other, but they also gave so much more to one another. This was definitely one of my favorite parts of this book.

• Pro: Barnard is so good at writing boys! Both Kel and Matt won my heart. They were sweet and considerate and that brand of soft boy that I love so much.

• Pro: I just re-read the ending again, and yes, there are tears sliding down my cheeks. It was just really lovely to see Suzanne moving in the right direction. Was it perfect for me? No, because there are two or three things I would have changed, but it was touching and heartwarming and I was happy for Suzanne.

Overall: A total gift to those of us, who loved Fragile Like Us, but also a book that stands on its own. It was heartbreaking, heartwarming, and hopeful.