Fierce Fragile Hearts
Publisher: Pan Macmillian
Source : Publisher
Release Date : February 12rh 2019
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.
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?
Going into a book without reading a previous book can be hit or miss when it involves existing characters. In this case it was a hit. Fierce Fragile Hearts returns to revisit the familiar characters of Cady, Rosie and Suzanne. This time it’s Suzanne turn to navigate the book as she returns to Brighton.
Now 18, Suzanne is older and is somewhat at peace with her complicated life. She knows that she has a chance to make something of her life. Yet her characterisation paints a picture of an immature wild child who been given keys to the kingdom after coming out of foster care.
This story is a rollercoaster, Suzanne, maybe think she is in control of things, however things are intense. There only two speeds to this story, fast and slow. The way only that Suzanne knows how to run her life, her life is easy influenced and the reasons behind it are heartbreaking.
The reason to the madness, as Barnard travels through a life changing period of Suzanne’s life. Brighton isn’t the same place she left it. People change and whilst not every decision is one that readers can agree with. This book is meant to be polarising.
Whilst previous events are mentioned, this book can be read standalone. Things can change over time and this story is testament to that factor. The secondary elements are wonderful. Whilst the hard hitting parts of Suzanne’s identity are addressed as she figures out lives. There are also the joys of being an young adult and enjoying life and exploring the decisions that change life as you know. One thing is clear is the identifies in this book and I love the queer rep in this novel. It’s natural and not forced. It’s return to the Barnard writing that I first I love in with the first book I read it . It’s raw and confronting.