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When the good-looking boy with the American accent presses the dropped negative into Rowan's hand, she's sure it's all a big mistake. But next moment he's gone, lost in the crowd of bustling shoppers. Who was the boy? Why was he so insistent that the negative belonged to Rowan?...

Title : Broken Soup
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ISBN : 9780007229659
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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Broken Soup Reviews

  • Ash
    2018-12-10 02:14

    This is a 3.5. Even though the book was interesting and I liked the basis of it, there were a few things that bothered me. Rowan is a likeable character and responsible. A lot of the book was about how sad Rowan's mother is because of Jack's death, and how it's now up to Rowan to take care of her little sister, Stroma. It's a sad subject but the book itself doesn't have a sad and desolate tone. Stroma is funny and a believable 5/6 year old girl. Like many kids her age, her strength and knowledge is underestimated. I'd probably go as far as saying that Stroma was the strongest and smartest character in the book. The whole mystery was predictabley unpredictable. If that makes any sense? I didn't guess all the twists, but I still saw them coming. The last one, not so much, but it wasn't much of a surprise. That's not bad though because I don't really cared if books are predictable, so long as they are good. Anyways. Now is the time for the negative. I finished this book in a matter of hours, it was that intersting. I wanted to know when she'd solve the mystery of the photo negative and how things were going to work out with her mom. It was so short though. It's probably my fault but it felt like I took a breath and then it was over. Another thing that irked me was how easy Rowan was to forgive...someone. Not that I wanted her to hold a grudge but she went from angry, to forgiving, to feeling sorry for them in like, one paragraph! It just seemed too easy. One last thing that bother me was how the characters didn't think that smoking weed was a bad thing. Like it wasn't bad or good just something that people do. Just another part of your personality (not the main character Rowan, which I very much appreciated). Maybe I've been brought up too old-school but smoking weed is BAD!! WITH CAPITAL LETTERS AND EXCLAMATION MARKS!!! And if an adult is doing it it's wrong, NOT cool. I don't CARE if it's common because I already know, and that doesn't make it okay! If you're an adult and still do that stuff you have some serious issues to work out. Alright you can stop rolling your eyes now because I'm done. There was a little language, a few f-bombs, but nothing excessive.It was a good fast read. A lot of stuff was fit into it despite it's size. One thing I particularly liked was how Rowan mentions that when people die the memory you have of them and who they really were sometimes don't even resemble each other. You edit out the bad stuff and just remember this great and perfect person that never really existed. It always frustrated me that people did that, but I liked that it was mentioned in the book. It was also nice to see how Rowan starts to see some of the good things that came out of Jack's death. Not that it was a good thing that he died, but that even though her brother was gone, good things still happened because of him. I know that some people think that the ending seemed to be tied up too neatly, but I liked it. Not everything is solved, but you can see where it's heading. Rowan and her family were just so sad, so as long as the ending had hope and happiness it was good to me.

  • Sara Grochowski
    2018-12-16 05:39

    I've had this book on my desk for about 2 weeks and kept passing it over and now I am mentally kicking myself! I cannot put into words how great this book was. I LOVED it! This is only Jenny Valentine's second novel and have my fingers crossed that there are many more to come. Broken Soup was heart-wrenching and tear-inducing. It was funny and witty. It was filled with twists and turns yet perfectly predictable. It was real. Rowan is an amazing character. I thought she would seem young to me since she is only supposed to be 15, but she is very mature (in part because of her home life, but also just personality-wise). Her little sister, Stroma, is hilarious and a ray of light in the darkness of Rowan's current life. And Harper... ah, Harper... is absolutely marvelous. I'm pretty sure I have to add Harper to my list of favorite love interests now... He was perfectly written and a perfect complement to Rowan.I love Jenny Valentine's writing style, her voice, her characterization! I think that is a major reason as to why this book is so great - Valentine is simply a wonderful writer. That, paired with an amazing plot line, makes this one of my new favorite books!I'm definitely going to look for Valentine's first novel (Me, The Missing, and The Dead) and keep an eye out future novels! I highly recommend Broken Soup - HIGHLY! :)

  • Paula Bee
    2018-12-15 06:21

    This was such a touching novel. It was beautifully written and very emotional. The subject matter was very sensitive. It is full of grief and sadness and happiness and just pure inspiration.Rowan was a great protagonist. Her strength made her so appealing. She wasn’t perfect (lets face it, who is?) She was real and strong and had so much love in her heart. Stroma was the most gorgeous little girl. She played such a central role to the plot. She was so innocent yet mature at the same time. Harper was great. I found him quite inspirational. Some of the things he said really got me thinking, nodding along with him. He was definitely a bit of a saving grace.The story that unfolds isn’t a typical boy-meets-girl teenage romance, it’s so much more. It’s a story about love, and life, serendipity and it is truly worth the read.

  • Dottie
    2018-12-07 04:14

    Rowan's big brother, Jack, died two years ago. Since then, her father moved out, her mother sank into depression, and her life has fallen apart. Left with the responsibility to take care of her precocious six year old sister, Stroma, Rowan learns to be fiercely independent and incredibly functional. She does the grocery shopping. She cooks and looks after her sister. She brings her mother to her doctor's appointments. She goes to school. And she grieves, in her own way. Rowan is fifteen.Broken Soup is the kind of novel that sneaks up on you. There are no unnecessary embellishments, no poetic descriptions, no flowery language, no pretentious quotes. There are no long monologues or soliloquies about the meaning of life and the unfairness of death. The writing is so deceptively simple and direct that I was surprised to feel how affected I was by everything. I wanted Rowan to be young and reckless, not a young adult burdened by too much responsibilities, going through life in a constant state of resigned acceptance. I wanted everything to be better for her and Stroma, because after the tragedy they've been through, they deserve it. I wanted a more satisfying ending, one that would assure me that Rowan gets her happily ever after. But that wouldn't be realistic, would it? So I guess I have to settle for the silver lining. With that said, I like this book enough to give it five stars. It's short, bittersweet, and thankfully not depressing. I liked how it began with Jack already dead and how it went on to explore that grief has no time limit.

  • Hannah
    2018-12-10 00:19

    This book had a lot of potential. The idea with the photo is intriguing, and Rowan's whole situation sounded interesting to read about. The plot is what kept me turning the pages - I loved the plot twists and the many ideas - but I had quite a few problems with the rest of Broken Soup.I think my main problem was that the message got lost in the many aspects of the plot. I don't mean that a book shouldn't have many storylines, but they should support each other to make a whole and create a message to convey to the reader. The different storylines in Broken Soup - Jack's death, Rowan's morhter's depression, her friendship with Bee, her romance with Harper, her role as the responsible one in the family - all seemed to be conveying different messages that had nothing to do with each other. Maybe that would have worked if the book were longer and the storylines were elaborated on more, but like this it just left me confused about what Jenny Valentine wanted to say with this book.The writing isn't great, but not terrible, either. There was nothing all that noteworthy about it. At parts it sounds like the author wants to sounds poetic and deep, but that didn't fit to the rest of the style and Rowan's voice and seemed contrived.The characters are okay. Rowan's character is pretty good, and I liked reading how the situation in her family affected her. For some reason, though, I never really connected with her, and for me, if I can't relate to the main character, that takes a lot from a novel. Some of the secondary characters are better: I loved Harper - how he helps Rowan is really cute. Jack is a good character, too; easy to imagine. Bee's characterization is lacking, though. Rowan always tells us she's so special, etc. but the reader is never really shown what's so great about her. She seemed pretty average to me. The parents didn't really seem like characters, more like plot devices, but I guess I can't really criticize that - they're never around, and that was the point of that storyline.I don't usually comment on the cover of a book if I don't like it, but on this one I have to. Not only is it ugly (in my opinion), it also doesn't fit the story whatsoever. It looks like something someone doodled during class without a care in the world, which is the opposite of Rowan's situation. It doesn't show the reader anything about the seriousness of this book.All in all, this book was pretty disappointing. There were a lot of good ideas in there, but the execution is clumsy. The writing and the characters are only okay, and Broken Soup fails to convey a message with too - it seemed like the author wanted to pull the novel in too many directions without elaborating on the different storylines. Most of the other reviews I've read for this one, though, are positive, so maybe you'd enjoy it more than I did.Reviewed at http://www.paperbacktreasures.blogspo...

  • Brigita
    2018-12-08 05:26

    This was one of the more touching YA books I've read. No wonder that it received awards and great reviews. Occasionally, I felt that the style was a bit too distracting, pulling one's attention away from the story to the more stylistic, verbal elements, instead of emphasizing the plot, the characters and the message. It may be that this is because I was translating the book and thus paid more attention to stylistic elements than I would if I were only reading it for pleasure. On the other hand, one could also argue that the unique style matches perfectly the unusual protagonist, Rowan, and the remarkable story of grief, lost childhood, growing up and finding hope.The characters in the book are all very memorable. Particularly Rowan with her big heart, tolerance, acceptance and understanding for everything and everyone. She's a much better person than I am and I wished, many times throughout the book, that I could be a bit more like her. But she's not the only character that stays with the reader. Her little sister Stroma, her new friend Bee, the charming Harper, even the dead brother she still mourns with their wonderfully diverse personalities all add something extraordinary to this enchanting story.Reading this story will leave a mark. I'm glad I had the chance not only to read it, but to translate it so it will be available to even more young readers.

  • Ingrid Hermans
    2018-11-22 03:28


  • Clarabel
    2018-12-16 22:14

    Rowan rencontre Harper sur un malentendu. Routard insouciant, au volant d'une vieille ambulance, il erre dans les rues de Londres avec un sourire aux lèvres et une bienveillance chevillée au corps. C'est tout naturellement qu'il a tendu à la jeune fille un bout de négatif qu'elle aurait laissé tomber par terre, même si elle prétend le contraire. Rowan file droit devant elle, perplexe et curieuse. Puis troublée, quand elle découvrira ce que la photographie lui révélera.La vie de l'adolescente a basculé dans un monde terne et sans joie depuis la mort de son frère Jack. Sa famille a volé en éclats - son père a quitté le foyer, sa mère est plongée dans un état neurasthénique. Après quoi, Rowan assume le quotidien et s'occupe de sa petite sœur Stroma sans se plaindre. De toute manière, le roman est étonnamment enjoué et d'un optimisme ravageur ! Même si le sujet est lourd, l'histoire évite tout pathos et insuffle une énergie positive qui fait un bien fou.Je me suis attachée aux personnages et j'ai suivi avec délice leur parcours, entre légèreté, insouciance et tendresse. C'est simple, parfois idéaliste, mais ça vous donne l'envie de croquer la vie à pleines dents, de chasser tout état d'âme et d'apprécier l'instant présent, auprès des gens qui vous sont proches. Profitez, profitez, profitez. Cette lecture peut faire office de pansement et rallie la précieuse doctrine « ensemble, c'est tout » ! Jugez par vous-même.

  • Rita
    2018-12-07 01:23

    At first I didn't know whether I would like this one or not. It had a slow beginning. And I couldn't really emphatize with Rowan, the main character.She clearly needed help, but didn't ask for it anyway. Why not? What was she afraid of? Her life couldn't get any more complicated than it already was.But then I got into the story and I couldn't stop reading. I even teared up a few times. I think that the characters grew with every chapter and I thought that the story itself was pretty authentic.Also. I loved the writing. It was just so beautiful. I loved how the author chose her words, they were almost poetic and that gave the whole story something sad and beautiful at the same time.I really liked how the story turned out and I would love to read more of the author.

  • Femke
    2018-11-24 04:34

    Buddy read op Hebban

  • Julie Mestdagh
    2018-12-13 23:19

    I don’t have time to fall apart”.These are the words of 15 year old Rowan, main character of the book “Broken Soup” by Jenny Valentine. A discovery, really, this story, so simple and yet so touching I barely have words to describe it.It would be easy to be mislead by the pink cover of the book, the big heart on the cover or the title, which suggest nothing else than another teenage love story. This couldn’t be further from the truth, though.“Broken soup” tells the story about Rowan and her little sister Stroma, left to fend for themselves after their father left and their mother just lost it. The cause of this? The death of their brother Jack. Not only do they miss Jack tremendously, they also have to miss their parents and grow up by themselves. Teenager Rowan, who should be hanging out with friends, working for school and looking at boys, finds herself worrying about food, clothes, and how to raise her little sister instead.But then Rowan meets Harper, an American boy who hands her a picture she believes wasn’t hers. It wasn’t. It belonged to Bee, a girl who used to be in Jack’s class. While Rowan tries to figure out what is really going on and how the pieces of the puzzle fit together, she also finds herself suddenly “with friends”. She But then Rowan meets Harper, an American boy who hands her a picture she believes wasn’t hers. It wasn’t. It belonged to Bee, a girl who used to be in Jack’s class. While Rowan tries to figure out what is really going on and how the pieces of the puzzle fit together, she also finds herself suddenly “with friends”. She doesn’t always have to do everything on her own and discovers what true friendship is worth. “If you insist on never trusting people you haven’t met before just because you’ve never met them, your world is going to be a lonely place”.Together with Harper and Bee, Rowan finds a way to deal with the past and the present and suddenly sees a brighter future ahead.The beauty of the book, the REAL beauty of the book, lies not in the language used – which is fairly simple – but in the way the characters manage to suck you into the story completely. What starts out like an “OK book” ends with the reader BEING and FEELING Rowan. Wonderful.“If I’ve done all right up to now, the next part is going to be easy”.

  • Kailia
    2018-11-24 06:37

    I first heard about Broken Soup when Sara from The Hiding Spot recommended as books people just had to read. I was in the library the next day and I saw it. I checked it out but didn’t read it right away. Now I wished I had. Broken Soup, Jenny Valentine’s sophomore novel was one of the best books I’ve read.The story begins with Rowan getting a photo negative. It’s not her’s so why did this boy give it to her? We delve into Rowan’s hard life: he father has moved out, her mother is silent, she takes care of her sister and her brother died. Valentine takes her time showing Rowan’s background and her relationship with each of her family. The story is very predictable but that’s what makes it’s so realistic. It could happen to anyone.I loved Valentine’s writing style. She had just a lyrical, poetic feel to her writing. One aspect that I loved about her writing was that there was depth to it. She chose small, simple words for this book but she put them together in such a way that a short, simple sentence held so much meaning into it. I felt Rowan’s sadness, her frustration, her happiness, her every emotion. That takes a talented writer.I love a good, well written protagonist and Rowan was it. She was so strong willed, not willing to let anything change or happen. She had to stay strong for everyone. She was very mature for fifteen and it fit her and this story perfectly. Her little sister, Stroma, was such a funny, lively girl. Her questions, comments, concerns made me smile and laugh something I wasn’t expecting in this story. She was like a ray of sunshine in this sad, emotional book. Harper was also a great character and was written wonderfully. He seemed so down to earth, realistic, and just wonderful. He was always there for Rowan and that was good. Valentine knows how to write her characters in a believable and lovable way.Broken Soup is just 216 pages yet each of these pages is filled with a heart wrenching, teary, and wonderful story about a girl who’s learning to move on. A plot line that is realistic, wonderfully written characters, and written in a way that makes you feel all of the emotions, Broken Soup is a must read. I hope to read Valentine’s first book and all the rest that are to come.

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2018-12-12 02:36

    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.comThe story in BROKEN SOUP starts immediately from page one.While Rowan is in line at a shop, a strange boy tries handing her a picture negative. He's insistent that she has dropped it, but Rowan is positive that it's not hers. When he doesn't let up, Rowan takes the negative from him, but once at home, she throws it in the trash. It isn't until an unfamiliar girl approaches Rowan in the lunch room that she gives a second thought to the negative.The girl, Bee, is a few years older and would be the same age as her brother, Jack, if Jack were still alive. It turns out Bee saw the encounter at the shop and asks Rowan what was on the negative. Rowan retrieves it from the trash, and Bee develops it.What shows up stuns Rowan. It's a picture of her brother. But this is not a picture that she has ever seen before. How did the unfamiliar boy know that it belonged to her, even when she hadn't known herself that it even existed?From there, the story evolves into Rowan's friendship with Bee, and her future encounters with the unknown boy, Harper. Harper is an American traveling around Europe. He hadn't planned on staying in town as long as he has, but he's enthralled with Rowan and can't bring himself to leave.BROKEN SOUP is the heartbreaking story of a girl and her family's attempt to recover from the untimely death of Jack. Jack was the shining star in the family. When he died, so did the family. Rowan's father has left. Her mother is practically comatose with grief. It's up to Rowan to keep herself and her little sister, Stroma, surviving.Finding the negative begins a series of events that may either heal Rowan's family once and for all, or be the last straw that makes it crumble into permanent destruction. The story is beautifully written and will surely touch the heart of all who read it.

  • Watermelon Daisy
    2018-12-05 06:27

    Unfortunately, this wasn't the description on the back of the edition I had. I wished it was, because I have a feeling I'd be more thrilled to read this book with that kind of description. That, or I'd never pick it up in fear it might be constant sobbing and nothing else. I hate books like that, and it feels like it wastes time. The only book I can think of on the spot that does the whole "death" thing well is Chasing Charlie Duskin which is one of my favourites.This story does it fairly well, but not too well. This is one of the reasons I'm giving in three stars. The death of Jackson actually affects this entire story. If it wasn't for Jackson, Rowan would've never been introduced to Bee or Harper. The names are actually quite forgettable, I must admit, and I've had to go back and flick through the books to remember them again.The reality of this book is very real. But it's nowhere as "real" as Chasing Charlie Duskin. I think that, if I hadn't read that book, I would've loved this one because I wouldn't be comparing the two. But unfortunately, I am.Next we have Strona, the six-year-old with such deep thoughts. Nuh-ah. Completely unrealistic. Unless, of course, she was quoting someone. And half the time I get Strona and Bee's dialogue confused because their voice sounds so similar. To put it simply, six-year-olds are not supposed to be remotely similar to what a sixteen-year-old or eighteen-year-old thinks, unless she's quoting them.There was a twist in there which made my jaw drop. Read page 236 and you will realise. It was terrifying.All in all, this was a nice book. A nice book about hope and making yourself stronger. It's actually, through my eyes, a light read. But probably not for the general audience...Remy xx

  • Kelly
    2018-12-04 06:38

    Full review at Rowan’s older brother is dead. Her father has left. Her mother sleeps all day, leaving Rowan to take care of her little sister. So when a stranger at the store insists she dropped a photo negative, she doesn’t have the energy to argue with him. But then she can’t get that mystery photo out of her mind. And who was that boy anyway?Review: I luuuuurve this book! The story unfolds a little at a time, luring you deeper and deeper into what Rowan is going through. I admire how the author strings you along and keeps creating mystery in your mind. Jenny Valentine, please hurry and write more!This is the type of novel I would love to diagram or use to practice plot-boarding.Here’s a little from the first page to whet your appetite: "It wasn’t mine. I didn’t drop it but the boy in the line said I did. It was a negative of a photograph, one on its own, all scratched and beaten up. I couldn’t even see what it was a negative of because his finger and thumb were blotting out most of it. He was holding it out to me like nothing else was going to happen until I took it, like he had nothing else to do but wait. I didn’t want to take it. I said that. I said I didn’t own a camera even, but the boy just stood there with this 'I know I’m right' look on his face. He had a good face. Friendly eyes, wide mouth, all that. One of his top teeth was chipped; there was a bit missing. Still, a good face doesn’t equal a good person. If you catch yourself thinking that, you need to stop."Now go and read the rest!

  • Angela Bailey
    2018-12-04 22:23

    Title / Author / Publication Date: Broken Soup. / Jenny Valentine. / 2009.Genre: Young Adult Realistic Fiction.Format: Book - print. 216 p.Plot summary:"A photographic negative and two surprising new friends become the catalyst for healing as fifteen-year-old Rowan struggles to keep her family and her life together after her brother's death" (NoveList).Considerations or precautions for readers advisory:death of a sibling, grief, sibling relationships, teen boy/girl relationships, EnglandReview citation:"Some readers may find this book a little slow to start, but once past the first two chapters, they will be sucked into the puzzle. The short chapters reveal many kind and thoughtful people who are willing to help Rowan, and the dynamics among characters ring true. Give this poignant, rewarding story to teens who need books dealing with grief or who crave romance amid tragedy and hardship" (Jessica Miller in School Library Journal).Section source used to find the material:YALSA: 2010 Best Books for Young Adults)Recommended age: Ages 13 - 18.

  • Doug Beatty
    2018-12-14 02:41

    This is the story of Rowan who loses her brother Jack in a terrible accident. Her mother is suffering from major depression and Rowan is left in charge of her younger sister Stroma. Her father and mother are separated and even though he does come for visits, Rowan does not let him know the severity of the depression. Rowan is handed a negative from a photograph that a man claims had fallen out of her bag. This man is 18 year old Harper, an American who is traveling the world. Rowan also befriends a new student named Bee who would be Jack's age. Soon some secrets are revealed that will change Rowan's life and she must learn to deal with them. Valentine is a good writer with a great sense of character. Rowan is very likeable and you really begin to feel for her and her situation. Even Jack who is deceased by the start of the novel is very well written and you get a good sense of who he was. Although I guessed where the book was heading, it still did not detract from my enjoyment of the novel.

  • Hani
    2018-11-29 01:40

    How was it feels like to be the only person that have sense of living in a family. To face the reality that one of your family member, lets say a big brother, the most ethusiastic one was dead. Put you to a grief.. and everything were changed dramatically. You being the eldest, for the only little sister to take care off,while your mother was not in a clear state of mind,unbearable.. a mother who committed suicide just unable to accept the lost. Thanks to people around who in any means showed up unexpectedly, one who by mistake given a negative to her, her big brother's pictures. The negative is belongs to Bee, secretly was his brother's girlfriend. So, one-by-one, the secret life of her brother were revealed. His brother has a child with Bee.. and she has a niece.. Overall, the story is making you wondering where its carry you to. You're not able to figure out until you've finished it in the very end of the line..happy reading...

  • Kat
    2018-12-03 03:36

    This is not the sort of book I usually read. I'm not even sure why I picked it up, but I sure am glad I did, because now, I might read more of them. Sometimes you can have too much of the magical, fantastical and out of this world-ical. Every now and then you need something plausible, something real. Something that can happen and has happened to real people. And this is exactly what this is, a little piece a realness. Yes, it may be slightly contrived, all the pieces fitting into place a little too perfectly, but then what story isn't like that? But I couldn't help but like this, the characters, the way they were all drawn together. They all seemed so perfect, yet they were surrounded by so much craziness. The clean, uncluttered story telling was thought provoking, and there was no flowery prose or pages wasted on needless information. All in all then, this was a rather good slice of humanity.

  • Suzanne
    2018-12-11 04:32

    A strong 8 on the Peachworthy scale for me because of its brevity, strong characterization, and its depiction of the aftershocks that continue to affect a family for a long time after sudden death. Jack's accident abroad has resulted in Rowan's parents splitting, her mother sleeping or zoned out in front of the TV all the time, and her little sister Stroma becoming her responsibility. She doesn't even have to time to be fifteen anymore. One day in a shop a strange American boy hands her a negative that she knows she didn't drop. It starts a progression of events: Rowan comes to know and care about Harper, the boy just passing through who lives in an ambulance and makes her feel valuable and a friend named Bee who lets Rowan into her life and seems real, and a picture of Jack Rowan had never seen was on the negative, laughing and open-mouthed with joy. A gift of coincidence, fate, or is there a connection Rowan has yet to find?

  • Magda
    2018-12-15 02:35

    Kaputte Suppe - Ein Titel, den das Buch perfekt beschreibt, ein besserer wäre nicht zu denken gewesen. Habe mich während dem Lesen häufig gefragt, welche Altersgruppe das Buch ansprechen soll.Protagonistin ist 15 und schildert wie der Bruder gestorben ist, wie ihre Mutter einen Selbstmordversuch begeht und sie das Bad betritt.Der Bruder war die ganze Zeit high, der Freund lebt in einem Krankenwagen.Was mir aber richtig gut gefallen hat, ist die Karte des Universums, die im Kleiderschrank hängt.Und Stroma mit ihrer kindlichen Art (wie sollte sie auch sonst gewesen sein, sie ist ja ein Kind...)Habe das Buch glaube ich schonmal vor Jahren angefangen zu lesen, aber wahrscheinlich wieder aus der Hand gelegt. Die ersten zwei Kapitel kamen mir bekannt vor, der Rest nicht mehr so...Empfehlenswert? Bin ich mir nicht so sicher, aber schön für zwischendurch, bringt einen ab und zu zum schmunzeln und man will die ganze Zeit wissen, wie es aus geht.

  • Shonna Froebel
    2018-11-17 06:37

    This book follows Rowan, who is almost fifteen, and now the unofficial head of the household. After her brother Jack's death a couple of years ago, Rowan's family has gradually fallen apart. Her mother has retreated into depression, her father has moved out, and she has ended up looking after her younger sister Stroma, who is now six. Rowan sometimes resents the role of responsiblity that she has taken on, but she loves her sister even while missing her brother. When a young man hands her a photographic negative that he insists she has dropped, she initially dismisses it. When an older student at school, Bee, offers to help her develop it she accepts as a way to gain Bee's friendship. As Bee and her family develop a friendship with Rowan and Stroma, Rowan learns that she doesn't always have to be the only one who cares and that others can also care for her.

  • Anya Tracey
    2018-12-17 06:37

    I really enjoyed this book, however there were parts that were really depressing. It is an enchanting story about a family who has to deal with the sudden death of a son. The story has a lot of different emotions. Happiness, sadness, humor, and distress that a lot of readers who have lost a family member will understand. Throughout the book there were many plot twists. I liked how Harper wanted to do all these things in his life like travel. I was with Rowan the main character all the way because I know what its like to try and keep your family together and I know how it is to lose someone you love. This book showed me that even the people who think they are strong can easily break down at any moment and no matter what, you should always keep in mind that your lost loved one is always there by your side and he/she would want you to move on.

  • Emy Papasideris
    2018-12-16 05:39

    This book surprised me. It was a lot better than I had anticipated; the writing style was very distinct, and although seemingly simple, there was a poetic note running throughout the whole story, so subtle you could miss it if you weren't paying close attention.The story is about life and love and acceptance and grief and strength, and so many other things. The characters are real and flawed, but that makes you like them all the more. Finishing the book, the reader is left with a sweet aftertaste, and I definitely did not regret reading this.

  • Chrissy
    2018-12-16 02:41

    Throughout the book I found many similarities to events in my life after my own brother died. This is an amazing story that brought tears to my eyes,and reminded me that even though you've lost someone, parts of them are still out there. I would definately suggest this book for anyone who's ever lost a sibling.

  • Rue
    2018-11-26 02:30

    Such a lovely read! I'd recommend it to someone having a book-hangover.The characters were so bright and precious and I loved them so much I'd wished I know people like them. The writing was so direct and simple and that's what made me admire the book even more. There are still things that I'm dying to know about the ending but I still like the book.

  • Akie L
    2018-12-01 22:36

    Broken soup was good. Just not amazing. And I liked Rowan and Harper. Just not enough to make me feel anything. I didn't feel the connections between characters. The writing was okay. But it wasn't great or even really good. To put it plainly: the book was unexceptional.

  • Kim Carlton
    2018-12-10 06:39

    I got this book a few years ago and tried to get into it twice but failed. Finally managed to finish it and found myself actually really enjoying it!

  • Millaray
    2018-12-14 04:19

    No me gusto para nada.

  • Blessing
    2018-11-30 03:31

    This book is amazing! Eveyone out there shall read it! (girls mostly)