BLOG TOUR: Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage - Review + Giveaway

EEEK! I'm SO EXCITED to welcome all of you to my stop on the Beautiful Broken Girls tour! I ADORED Kim Savage's debut novel, After The Woods and I knew I HAD TO READ and be a part of this blog tour as well. 

You can read my interview with Kim as a part of my 2nd Blogaversary here.
Here's my review of Kim's first book, After The Woods, that you HAVE to check out!

Title: Beautiful Broken Girls
Author: Kim Savage
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Release Date: February 21st 2017
I Got A Copy Through: The Publisher via NetGalley
Part of A Series?: No, A Standalone!
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary
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Synopsis: Mira and Francesca Cillo—beautiful, overprotected, odd—seemed untouchable. But Ben touched seven parts of Mira: her palm, hair, chest, cheek, lips, throat, and heart. After the sisters drown themselves in the quarry lake, a post-mortem letter from Mira sends Ben on a quest to find notes in the seven places where they touched. Note by note, Ben discovers the mystical secret at the heart of Mira and Francesca's world, and that some things are better left untouched.
I'm currently finding it very difficult to review this book because 
a) It was harrowing, deep and REALLY REALLY pulled you into the small town setting where two girls went into a lake and never came out. 
And also b) While the writing in this book was deep and disturbing and EVERYTHING, I'm just not sure how I feel about the way the story ended. 

Mira and Francesca Cillo are sisters. They are girls whose blood runs thicker than anything. What happens to one of them, happens to them both. Boys, Power and even Death. 

Ben is the boy next door, and for the longest time, he's been in love with the younger Cillo sister. 

A month after her death, he gets a letter addressed to him, a letter from a girl who jumped off a cliff with her sister and never flew up. It tells him to go to the seven places he touched here, the seven places where they hid what they were from prying eyes if he wants to know why. 

If he wants to know why two beautiful girls with their whole lives ahead of them took their own lives. 

Like I said before, what REALLY pulled me into the book was the writing - Kim Savage REALLY upped her game from After The Woods, and her writing KEPT ME HOOKED. It was heart-wrenching, filled with pain and beauty and unfairness and the underlying concept that WE DIDN'T KNOW EVERYTHING. I LOVED every minute of it - and I've never felt this was about writing style before. Ever.

Beautiful Broken Girls alternates between Ben's narration in the present and Mira's or Francesca's in the past - explaining how Ben finds the notes that Mira left him and what he thinks while it flashes back to Mira and Francesca, filling in the blanks.

For the first five notes, I WAS IN LOVE. It was a definite five star read, but soon after, I pieced together the ending and it all seemed kind of... off to me? I can't explain it, lest it ruin the book for you, but suffice to say that I wish the ending was something else. 

Kim Savage is the author of AFTER THE WOODS, a debut psychological thriller for young adults coming on Feb 23, 2016 with Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan. Her second thriller for young adults comes from FSG is 2017. Before writing fiction, she worked as business journalist, pitching stories along the lines of “Stigmatized Properties: When Murder Kills Property Values”. You get the idea.

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