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Broken Things
Broken Things | Lauren Oliver
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Letora
Broken Things | Lauren Oliver
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A broken girl. An Obsession turned deadly.

When Summer is murdered her best friends become the Murders of Brick House Lane. It doesn‘t matter if it's true or not. Brynn commits herself to rehab after rehab to avoid what happened. Mia hides in silence, barely able to speak. When the two reunite, they search for the truth of what happened.

Full review https://www.behindthepages.org/post/broken-things-by-lauren-oliver

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tracey38
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Finished this audio while driving into work Friday morning. Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend Summer when they were 13 and their friend Owen was in on it. For the first time in 5 years, they're back together in the same town, and along with two new friends, they band together to find out what really happened the day Summer died.
I have enjoyed this author's books previously. She has a way of hooking you quickly.

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she.epeolatry
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This is something I understand now. This is the miracle—of other people, of the whole world, of the mystery of it. That things change. That people grow. That stories can be rewritten over and over, demons recast as heroes, and tragedies as grace. That Owen can never be mine, not really, and that is a good thing, because it means I can truly love him. That love often looks a lot like letting go.

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she.epeolatry
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Dr. Leblanc says that hoarding happens when the brain mixes up signals, confuses trash for treasure, makes things meaningful that don‘t have any meaning at all. Maybe it‘s the same for the bad memories we carry, for associations overlaid onto a place or a book or an old story.

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she.epeolatry
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“Maybe we were always broken. Maybe I was always a liar, and Mia was always weak. Maybe what happened to Summer didn‘t turn us but only revealed what was already there.”

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Read66
Broken Things | Lauren Oliver
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An enjoyable young adult mystery/thriller - good character development and suspenseful storyline make for a fun read.

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she.epeolatry
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“Authors unconsciously write themselves into their books. They transform familiar places into fictional landscapes. It‘s the same way when we picture aliens, we‘ll imagine they‘ll look like us. Psychologists call it transference.”‘

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she.epeolatry
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Fan fiction leads to murder.... AGAIN! ☠️😱

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readingjedi
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Mehso-so

Things I liked about it 🙂🙂🙂

🙂 Punchy language
🙂 Story driven
🙂 Exploration of emerging same sex attraction
🙂 Intriguing if undemanding plot
🙂 Believable teenage angst themes

Things that let it down ☹☹☹

☹ Pace got sluggish at points
☹ The hetero relationship got a resolution, the lesbian one did not
☹ Characters seemed too knowing for 12 year olds
☹ Found the 'Lovelorn' aspect a little cheesy

An enjoyable So-So.

TheAromaofBooks I really like your review format! 3mo
readingjedi @TheAromaofBooks Thanks! 😊 I thought I'd try something different for a change. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Way better than my normal incoherent rambling!! :-D 3mo
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Sflynn4051
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I love books that show the complicated messy dynamics between teenage girls. Lauren Oliver tells a story about the intense need to be part of something while also feeling jealousy, loneliness, and obsession.

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SarahHarts_books
Broken Things | Lauren Oliver
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Starting a new book. Not sure if I'll finish it yet this month or not. We'll see how fast I read it! With the help of my favorite book buddy! 😃😍🐶 #dogsoflitsy

brit91 You have a very cute book buddy!!😍🐶📚 7mo
SarahHarts_books Thanks! @brit91 She's my baby! Lol 😍💖 7mo
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cjbooklover
Broken Things | Lauren Oliver
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Bailedbailed

Almost a hundred pages in and not really loving it. So onto the next book! Although I have to say, I love this book cover.

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cjbooklover
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I got this mug for completing a summer reading challenge at my library and I love it!! Happy Saturday!

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DebbieCivilAuthor
Broken Things | Lauren Oliver
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I am convinced that Lauren Oliver is a literary genius! Her works are powerful and filled with similes and metaphors. This is not the type of book you pick up if you want an easy read. This is the type of book you pick up if you want a challenge. I thought the plot was good over all. And I didn‘t even suspect the real killer!

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wanderlustywriter
Broken Things | Lauren Oliver
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I really liked this book. I love Oliver‘s writing, as always, so lyrical and evocative. I love outcasts, though I wish their voices had been a little more different from one another. The small town setting is perfectly drawn. The ending I did not see coming at all, though it was a bit anticlimactic. And I definitely could have done without the animal abuse ☹️ 8/10 ⭐️

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wanderlustywriter
Broken Things | Lauren Oliver

I feel like this book is a puzzle that I‘m failing to put together as I go along because I‘m too dense or sleep-deprived or something. But I have no idea what‘s going on, which is fun

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wanderlustywriter
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Apparently I‘m on a thriller/crime kick

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guinsgirlreads
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@Kaciecalderon this #cupidgoespostal package is so amazing! I love it all! Thank you for such a thoughtful, perfect package! #cgp

@BookishMarginalia

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Rbabyblue
Broken Things | Lauren Oliver
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Book 10 of the Popsugar challenge (A book told from multiple characters POV)
I had initially picked one of the heroes of olympus series for this prompt, but I have just read this one as the book of the month from one of the book clubs I‘m in, and found that it‘s narrated from different povs! I liked this book a lot, the only problem was that I felt the writing needed a little more polishing in some parts. :)

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KelliJo
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I have been in a bit of a reading slump, going back and forth between three or four books, for the past two weeks. I made a trip to Barnes and Noble today and found this 50% off. I've heard good reviews! Hopefully it lives up!

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monalyisha
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I used to LOVE Lauren Oliver...but I kind-of gave up on her after feeling underwhelmed by more than a few of her books (Rooms, Vanishing Girls, The Spindlers, The Curiosity House).

This one wasn‘t disappointing! It reads like an episode of Law & Order SVU: a dead teen girl; her best friends & boyfriend looking good for the murder.

*Review cont‘d in comments below👇🏻

monalyisha 1/4: There‘s some dark fairytale/fantasy fanfic — written by the victim & suspects, complete with dwarves & fairies — thrown in for good measure (LO‘s answer to the question of whether violent media is making our children violent). (edited) 14mo
monalyisha 2/4: Sure, I figured out who the killer(s) was/were long before the big reveal but it doesn‘t really matter (& it never really matters when watching SVU, either). What matters is the way the words dance across the page on the way to the grand finale. And Lauren Oliver knows how to spin. (edited) 14mo
monalyisha 3/4: I love how this book effectively serves as an introduction to metafiction; she says a lot about “writing about writing”, makes a strong case for ambiguity, & argues for what makes a good ending. I was reminded why I fell in love with her in the first place. 🖤 (edited) 14mo
monalyisha 4/4: I guess I did miss Ice-T a little. 😆 14mo
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monalyisha
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Oh, I‘m sorry. Did you say you wanted feel-good vibes heading into the New Year? I thought you said (well-written) depressing teen angst & melodrama... My bad. 😆

Reviewsbylola 😂😂😂😂 14mo
Bookishthoughts Aww poor thing.💔 14mo
Bookishthoughts Also 🤣 to your comment! 14mo
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monalyisha
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On Hoarding:

“[My mom] once joked that the Piles were like a personal forest: you could read her age in the size of them.”

Suet624 I make piles. Not quite a hoarder - I don‘t think. 14mo
monalyisha @Suet624 Bibliophiles? More like BiblioPILES! 😆 Honestly, I think reading & piles just *go* together. (edited) 14mo
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monalyisha
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Last book of the year! 😵

Despite uncertainty over whether I‘ll find the time to finish this today, I decided to go back to the beginning & reread the 30 pages or so that I‘d already read. It‘s been too long & I don‘t want to forget anything vital, since it‘s a mystery. That‘d be a travesty.

Also, featured: a Christmas gift from my husband. I scored some pretty fantastic mugs this holiday season! ☕️🎄🖤

Emilymdxn I love the mug so much! 14mo
monalyisha @Emilymdxn “She liked the mug. A lot.” 14mo
Avanders Aww 🥰🥰 14mo
pocketmermaid That mug is fantastic! 14mo
quietjenn Such a good mug! 14mo
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monalyisha
Broken Things | Lauren Oliver
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Which books are you desperately scrambling to finish by the end of the year?

I‘m listening to “The Lady‘s Guide to Petticoats & Piracy” during my hour-long work commute, reading “I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast” (a book of poems), putting-off “Manhattan Beach” for my December book club meeting, & I started “Broken Things” (a YA Fantasy/Thriller) one day when I forgot the book I was reading at home. Wish me luck! 🤞🏻

#thefinalcountdown

ravenlee You can do it! 1y
Soubhiville I‘m working on Interesting Times- Pratchett, The Stupidest Angel- Moore, South Pole Station- Shelby, The Good Neighbor- King, And I have Lilac Girls from the library... I don‘t expect to finish them all, but probably at least 3... 📚🤪 1y
monalyisha @Soubhiville I‘m hoping to finish all except the YA! I think that‘s *almost* a realistic goal for me. 😅 Almost. 3 books is a good goal! Rooting for us! 😉 (edited) 1y
Soubhiville Me too! 1y
Redwritinghood So much hair! 1y
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emmaturi
Broken Things | Lauren Oliver
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1. Open on Christmas Day
2. Scrooge
3. Reindeer
4. I made gingerbreadmen with the kids in my class a few weeks ago and they loved them. So gingerbread it is!
5. Anyone who fancies doing this!

#tuesdaytidbits #thisorthat @JenlovesJT47

JenlovesJT47 💚❤️💚 1y
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emmaturi
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1. Do more research into my holiday plans such as book tickets for tours.
2. Well it is nearly over but I was reading and catching up with friends.
3. I love to eat mince pies (technically not cookies)
4. Started the tagged book
5. I think of you guys have done it!

#friyayintro @howjessreads

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IheartYA
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Not impressed. I've read a couple other books of Oliver's and was hoo-hum about those too. Nothing special, bland, basic. Could have passed on this one. Was waiting for suspense but it flopped.

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startwithgivens
Broken Things | Lauren Oliver
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I was so impressed with this book. I was so connected to the main characters, that I only casually tried to figure out the ending (and didn't). I also really liked that it was a YA take on the mystery/thriller genre because I feel like that's never done. There were, however, a lot of mature and difficult themes in the book which made it somewhat challenging.

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valeriegeary
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Sneaking in few minutes of reading and snuggling!

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monalyisha
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I have the day off, so I‘m ignoring important chores & reading, instead. 🙈

I started “Broken Things.” I used to LOVE Lauren Oliver‘s books — but I‘ve been avoiding her for awhile; the last few I‘ve tried have been just ok. Giving her another chance with this one, which reminds me of an episode of Law & Order SVU.

Also, check out the slippers I bought for myself while shopping for the #StuffedStockingSwap. They‘re like weirdly cute clown shoes.

wen4blu They look cute, and warm! 1y
Lovesbooks87 They are super cute! 1y
Moray_Reads Love your slippers, they look like ice-cream 1y
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Clare-Dragonfly They look soooo cozy. What does Moxie think of them? 1y
monalyisha @Clare-Dragonfly So far, all they‘ve gotten are some exploratory nudges. I expect she‘ll try to eat them soon enough. 😜 1y
monalyisha @Moray_Reads They DO look a bit like ice cream! Maybe that explains why I was so drawn to them. 🤤🍦 1y
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monalyisha
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What should I read next?

(It should probably be something quick, as I‘ve yet to start my December book club read...🙈)

Special appearance by Moxie Crimefighter! 🐰📸

readingjedi Super cute bun! 😍 1y
rubyslippersreads ❤️🐰❤️ 1y
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Jee_HookedOnBookz Either Jackson or Novik! 😊Love Everything about this pic! 1y
thebluestocking I vote Little Fires Everywhere! 1y
robinb ❤️Uprooted! 1y
ravenlee Small Spaces is super quick and very absorbing. 1y
SumisBooks So adorable 😍 #RabbitsofLitsy 1y
BookFreakOut Little Fires or Uprooted! 1y
Clare-Dragonfly Hi Moxie! 🐰❤️🐰❤️🐰❤️ 1y
Clare-Dragonfly Oh yeah… read 1y
Tiffanywrites2 Where did you get the Dammit Dolls? 1y
monalyisha @Tiffanywrites2 This was a much-coveted item from a bookstore where I used to work (my coworkers hilariously purchased it for me as an engagement present 3-4 years ago). Not sure where to get them now but I don‘t think they‘d be too difficult to find! Google? 🤔 1y
VeganCleopatra What an adorable bunny! And the dammit doll 😆 my family had a small one growing up that we always joked about. 1y
monalyisha @VeganCleopatra Thanks! She *is* the best. 😉🐰 I‘ve given many a dammit doll as gifts in my day. They‘re so good! I had to have this oversized one for myself. 1y
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valeriegeary
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gradcat Omigod! More babies (dogs) for me to fall in love with 😍😍 1y
AlaMich So thoughtful of them! 😂🐶🐶❤️ (edited) 1y
valeriegeary @AlaMich they are very good dogs 🤗😄 1y
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kitteh_reads
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Really enjoyed this book! Such a great writing style, I couldn't figure out who had killed Summer. I was second guessing Brynn and Mia every now and then. She doesn't give anything away until the very end...so good!

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OutsmartYourShelf
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5 years ago, Mia, Bryan, & Owen were investigated for the murder of their friend, Summer Marks. Now, hated & reviled by the town, they want to know what really happened.

It would have been 5 stars if the rather graphic reference to animal killing hadn‘t appeared. I didn‘t like the body shaming weight references about Abby either. Rating: 4 🌟

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Hodder & Stoughton, for the opportunity to review an ARC.

introvertedbooks I love this cover! 1y
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valeriegeary
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I spent all of Sept & Oct reading books from my own shelves. #readwhatyouown

Nov & Dec are all about clearing out my library holds! 3 of these were on pause for the past 2 mos, the other 2 jumped into my arms & walked out w/me. Oops! #sorrynotsorry #librarylove

I'm starting to think about what I want my 2019 reading year to look like & part of that is going to be starting the year with a clean library slate. So here we go! #readwhatyouhold

Crazeedi Way to go! I need to promise myself to do the same 1y
saresmoore Excellent idea! 1y
Reviewsbylola Tangerine is great. 1y
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introvertedbooks
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It was okay. Too much build up to a sub par ending. I didn't guess who did it but it also didn't seem very believable either.

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BookishGirl06
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Mehso-so

It was ok. It‘s pretty easy to fly through it, so it has that going for it. The person who was the killer was unexpected and I‘m not sure if I want to keep this or not.

InBooksILive Awe, I'm sorry you didnt like it! I can totally see things about it that some people wouldn't like. But I liked it 😊 1y
BookishGirl06 @InBooksILive I liked it but didn‘t love it so that‘s why I‘m debating whether or not to keep it 1y
InBooksILive Ahhh okay I gotcha! If anything, it's got a pretty cover at least so if you do keep it there's that lol 😁 1y
Gissy Oh oh I have this one😱 1y
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NovaRen
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So far so good

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BookishGirl06
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1. Spider donut from Dunkin‘ Donuts
2. Broken Things
3. Going to a book sale on Friday
4. An old Verizon wireless bag
5. Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high
#humpdaypost

Amiable I bought the same donut for a coworker this week! 😀 1y
jen_hayes7 Take a look, it's in a book, a Reading Rainbow! Love it!!❤️ 🌈 1y
LivingReflections I always want to try that spider donut... not sure why I think it will taste better than any other frosted donut and munchkin, but I do 😁🍩 1y
BookishBelle Iiiiiiiiii can go anywhere, friends to know and ways to grow, a reading rainbow! ❤️🌈🎉 Have you listened to the Levar Burton Reads podcast? It‘s sorta like reading rainbow for adults. 😁 1y
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HiddenGemBooks
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Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their friend. Driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into a world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.

The only thing is: they didn‘t do it.

On the anniversary of Summer‘s death, a discovery resurrects pulls Mia and Brynn back together. The girls must confront what really happened in the woods long ago—no matter how monstrous.

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BookishGirl06
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Gonna start the book after dinner.

Anna40 Sounds creepy 1y
tammysue Ooh this sounds like a good one! Stacking 🖤 1y
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InBooksILive
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My first book by Lauren Oliver and I love how she tells the story. The personal struggles Brynn and Mia go thru after losing their best friend, Summer, and being ostracized by the entire town because they believe they killed her, I enjoyed reading as they found themselves again and put themselves back together. Loved this book. 5 stars!!

Full Review:
https://inbooksiliveblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/08/review-broken-things-lauren-ol...

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KatDowney
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#CurrentlyReading #BrokenThings by #LaurenOliver Really good and creepy so far.

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Wildflowerwonder
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Currently reading Lauren Oliver's newest book, it's really good so far ❤

rather_be_reading welcome back to litsy!! 📚🎃📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
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DReadsBooks
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I blew through the latest book by Lauren Oliver. I couldn't figure out who done it until the very end.

Full review here: https://deannareadsbooks.blogspot.com/2018/09/arc-review-broken-things-by-lauren...

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InBooksILive
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I received this beautiful ARC of Broken Things by Lauren Oliver today!
I was not aware it was coming so it was quite the surprise to see a package sitting on my porch for me with this beauty inside.
Thank you @HarperCollins for sending it to me 😊 I look forward to reading and reviewing this book asap!
I absolutely love the cover, it grabbed my eye and interest instantly.
#surprisebookmail #arc #bookmail #advancedreadersedition

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Tanzy13
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With all the intensity and whiplash turns of Sharp Objects and One of Us Is Lying, this engrossing psychological thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver is an unforgettable, mesmerizing tale of exquisite obsession, spoiled innocence, and impossible friendships.

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