Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Book Review | Fierce Fragile Hearts by Sara Barnard

Fierce Fragile Hearts by Sara Barnard Review

My Rating: 9/10 
Published: February 7th 2019
Pages: 384
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary 
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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?

Fierce Fragile Hearts is the stunning companion novel to Sara Barnard's YA bestseller Beautiful Broken Things. It is about leaving the past behind, the friends who form your future, and learning to find love, in all its forms.

I have been a bit sceptical recently when it has come to YA contemporary's as I have found them to be quite hard to relate to, so I was weary of Fierce Fragile Hearts, but I absolutely loved it and it was emotional on so many levels . I even had to stop reading this whilst on the train to avoid crying on my way to work.  

FFH is a companion novel to Beautiful Broken Things, it follows Suzanne who was a friend in the first book a few years on. FFH is a great book within it's own rights, and you don't have to have read BBT in order to understand the story at all, although I am grateful I have because the character progression is so well done. 

Sara Barnard writes teenage voices so well, they are completely realistic and as someone who didn't go to university, I found Suzanne quite relatable with the feelings she has in this book towards her friends and how the friendships change as they grow older and experience different things. 

As Suzanne is someone who has been in and of care, this is her first time being on her own and we get to see the ups and downs of someone not just dealing with being on their own for the first time but also the road to recovery and how it is often quite bumpy.

Overall I loved this book, in particular the ending. As I've mentioned I went through all the emotions reading this and I just love that this isn't a dramatic fantasy story, it feels more like a slice of life and is incredibly realistic. This was a joy to read and quite different from anything I have read recently. Definitely recommend. 

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6 comments

  1. Beautiful broken things and fierce fragile hearts are now both on my "next to read" list. Thank you for the recommendation (Mary).

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  2. The story sounds absolutely riveting and emotional.

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  3. I will definitely read this one.

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  4. Just popped this on the 'Books I Need To Read This Year' list. thanks

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  5. I quite like YA books as I find them generally nice and easy reads but it's good to know that this one was easy to relate to even if the characters are much younger x

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  6. Sounds like an interesting book. I couldn't tell you the last time I read a book - well over ten years ago!

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