I bought this book for my sister for Christmas, probably two years ago. I never actually got around to reading it, but she liked it, so I picked up the next two books by Sara Barnard, and really enjoyed them. So although it took me a while, I was looking forward to this story, of teenage friendship and downward spirals. And I definitely wasn’t disappointed.
I was brave
She was reckless
We were trouble
Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.
I really, really liked this book. It’s gorgeously packaged, with a beautiful foiled cover and crisp pages, and the writing is great also. But for me, the most important element of any book is the story, the plot. And I’m not sorry to say that the plot in this was brilliant.
Suzanne is damaged, and Caddy and Rosie’s relationship with her is really well written. The depiction of mental health, recovery, spiralling, and how what you think is helping might actually be hurting is really well drawn. Suze has a complex and distressing background, and Caddy only wants to help, but she can’t see that what she’s doing isn’t actually really helping. Nonetheless, she tries to do what she thinks is for the best. Caddy’s journey to understanding and Suze’s to recovery is really well-drawn and was really emotionally effective to read.
I loved this book. I really like Sara Barnard as well, and look forward to anything she might come out with in future. Including Floored, a collaborative novel which comes out next week!