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Fierce Fragile Hearts

by Sara Barnard

'new gen' - Great Fiction for Young Adults

LoveReading View on Fierce Fragile Hearts

This companion to Beautiful Broken Things is a vital, powerful portrayal of the complexities of mental health, friendship and love.

Now a legal adult, Suzanne, the self-declared “queen of fresh starts”, leaves her foster parents, acutely aware that “this time, I’m on my own”. She’s moving back to Brighton, the only place she’s ever felt a sense of belonging. “I’m overdue some goodness”, Suzanne muses as she moves into a basic bedsit, with Auntie Sarah and dear friends Rosie and Caddy on hand to help her settle in. But Rosie and Caddy soon head off to their respective universities, leaving Suzanne feeling abandoned. Lonely and struggling to make ends meet on the wages from her café job, she forms a friendship with her 79 year-old neighbour, a storyline that swells with raw, life-affirming beauty. Alongside this, painful mental health setbacks are triggered, and further rollercoaster rides come courtesy of a confusing, overwhelming romance with musician Matt.

Honest, authentic, moving and entertaining, this all-consuming story is sensitive and wise on the complexities of growing up, and offers a guiding hand to young adults facing mental health struggles.

Joanne Owen

Fierce Fragile Hearts Synopsis

'This book is exquisite' - Holly Bourne, bestselling author of Am I Normal Yet? Fierce Fragile Hearts is the stunning companion novel to Sara Barnard's YA bestseller Beautiful Broken Things, which was selected for the inaugural Zoella Book Club. 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?

Fierce Fragile Hearts Press Reviews

I felt like I was living this book - Zoella on Beautiful Broken Things

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ISBN: 9781509852888
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781529017496
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Publisher: Macmillan Childrens Books
Format: Audiobook

Book Information

ISBN: 9781509852888
Publication date: 7th February 2019
Author: Sara Barnard
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction,
Categories: Romance & relationships stories (Children's / Teenage), General fiction (Children's / Teenage), Personal & social issues (Children's / Teenage),

About Sara Barnard

Sara Barnard lives in Brighton and does all her best writing on trains. She loves books, book people and book things. She has been writing ever since she was too small to reach the on switch on the family Amstrad computer. She gets her love of words from her dad, who made sure she always had books to read and introduced her to the wonders of secondhand book shops at a young age. Sara is trying to visit every country in Europe, and has managed to reach 13 with her best friend. She has also lived in Canada and worked ...

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