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Remember the places you touched me.

The parts of Mira Cillo that Ben touched are etched on his soul.

Palm. Hair. Chest. Cheek. Lips. Throat. Heart.

It was the last one that broke her. After her death, Mira sends Ben on a quest for notes she left in the seven places where they touched—notes that explain why she and her sister, Francesca, drowned themselves in the quarry. How B
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 21st 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
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Anne-Charlotte F I would say yes, however I think the author has done this for a reason. This is a very different kind of novel, the story is beautifully written but…moreI would say yes, however I think the author has done this for a reason. This is a very different kind of novel, the story is beautifully written but is quite a disturbing and twisted one (in a good way). While the author frequently describes the corpses as being beautiful, dainty and frail, she does this through the perspective of her main character Ben. This is how Ben views these girls and, this is how he has always viewed them, even before their death. While reading, it's important to keep in mind that what is written isn't always what the author thinks personally, but what he/she is trying to make his characters feel. Ben is a troubled young boy and therefore it his fitting he would have a troubled and problematic vision of the events going on in the book. (less)

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Deanna
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars

I was really intrigued after reading the description for Beautiful Broke Girls. This was my first book by Kim Savage, though I had been wanting to read "After the Woods" for quite some time.

The story beings in August 2016. One night Mira and Francesca Cillo rode their bikes, then walked for about 15 minutes in the darkness to the quarry.

Not long after that their bodies are pulled from the quarry.

The death of the s
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Lala BooksandLala
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was disturbing, but so well written. The ominous vibe it gave, the word choices, the slow reveals, the way we would be let in on something just before the main character discovered it himself, the fucked up and unlikeable cast of characters...This is definitely not a book for everyone; you're not going to find character growth, justification for bad behavior, a thrilling climax or a clean ending. If you need those things to appreciate a book- skip this one.

As the synopsis suggests, content
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Alexis  (TheSlothReader)
Feb 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Rachel
This book was... Dumb. I know that's not a nice thing to say, I don't like the fact that I hated the book so much and I feel bad leaving a negative review. But. I cannot in good conscience recommend this book. Writing was clunky and awkward and the story was weird and not in an interesting way. The characters were ridiculous. I don't understand the creative choice of focusing on Ben, who was a total dumb ass. Don't get me wrong, the two sisters central to the story of this book weren't much bett ...more
Allison
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A totally different kind of book than After the Woods. Less thriller and more....Virgin Suicides-esque? Definitely not a bad thing. A really beautiful and haunting 2nd novel.

This is an achy book, if that makes sense. My heart ached for a while after reading it, due in part to Savage's writing and in part to the narrative itself. I'm a sucker for stigmata and living saints and old timey Catholicism. I'm also an Italian-American and a lot of the scenes hit home for me, especially in regards to the
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Stacee
It sort of breaks my heart to give this 2 stars because I wanted to love it so much. The synopsis was intriguing and I really enjoy unreliable narrators.

It started out strong. I was captivated right away. Ben seemed like an interesting character and I loved the idea of the notes and finding out what really happened...and then it sort of went to shit.

The timeline flips back and forth. The past chapters tell us what's actually happening with the Cillo girls and it wasn't at all what I was expecti
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Linda Strong
They found the two young sisters at the bottom of the quarry. They were clutching each other, bound together for all eternity. Did they stumble during the night and fall to their deaths? Perhaps foul play, although who would want to hurt them? Joint suicide pact?

Ben had loved Mira and he grieved so hard. When a letter came to him a few days after the girls were found, written by Mira, he wasn't prepared for what she had to say. Remember the places you touched me.

As Ben remembers the seven times
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ambsreads
Dec 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book was the romanticisation of way too many things. I can’t even put into words. It tried to be 13 Reasons Why but pushed christianity and “mystery” on the readers. Reviews also say the sexual assault was handled poorly.
Erin Dunn
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
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Since I enjoyed After the Woods by Kim Savage so much I had to pre-order Beautiful Broken Girls. It's pretty sad that I just now got around to it though. Shame on me! I really wanted to like this book more than I actually did. I did like it, but I think it would have been more enjoyable for me had it not been for the religious aspect of it. Sometimes I don't mind that, but personally in this one it just didn't fully do it for me. Other than that, I liked B
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Penelope
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it
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I put a rating because I had to, but even now I'm not quite sure how I feel about this book. Very hard to describe.
Ellie
Jan 20, 2017 rated it did not like it

Beautiful Broken Girls

Kim Savage

★☆☆☆☆

Pros: 
~ A gorgeous cover
~ An interesting premise that incorporates religion
~ Aspects of magical realism, if that appeals to you
~ The twist is surprising and unexpected
Cons:
~ The magical realism came the FUCK out of nowhere
~ Everything is frustratingly underdeveloped and under-explored
~ Like, honestly, there is so much shit in here I can’t even list it all
~ I had no sympathy for any of the characters
~ STOP ROMANTICIZING AWFUL THINGS PLEASE
~ AND SHAMING T
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Kelly Gunderman
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

***Actual rating: 2.5 stars***

Before reading Beautiful Broken Girls, I didn't actually have the chance to read Kim Savage's debut novel, After the Woods. I did, however, hear nothing but amazing things about that book, so it really sparked an interest in her new book. When I got an ARC of this one, I was over the moon, and when I started reading, I really expected it to have really great characters, a mysterio
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Jessica
Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it
So, first off, kudos to the designer of this cover because it's a thing of beauty. My heart belonged to this book before I even gazed eyes upon the synopsis. Still, it was ultimately the synopsis that did me in. I love stories that hint at a mystery beyond death. The idea of someone leaving you notes to discover the reason behind their demise has always fascinated me and, quite honestly, is one of the YA concepts that I'll read no matter what. It's not hard to imagine that I was pretty excited t ...more
Haven
Jan 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars

*An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

It felt a little strange giving Beautiful Broken Girls a lonely star (and a half, to make me feel a little less guilty) it’s something so rare for me, I think I’ve only given 2 other books 1 star. Ever. Unfortunately, for this one I’ll have to be honest and say it was a complete waste of time and I have no idea how I finished it. Let me tell y’all something, I came into this book excited as hell, ready
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Shelley
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
*Rating* 3.0

*My Thoughts*

"Whey you touch things, they can break."


Beautiful Broken Girls, by author Kim Savage, is  her follow up novel After the Woods. The story surrounds two sisters (Mira & Francesca Cillo) who commit suicide, and a next door neighbor (Benvenuto Lattanzi), who manages to find a way into one of the girls hearts before the girls choose to end their lives instead of facing their demons. 

Ben receives a letter (8) days
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Stacy Fetters
Mar 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sneaky-librarian
"Francesca reminded her that blood was thick and binding, that they were part of each other, that this blood transcended anything. But Francesca's blood was shifting, turbulent."

DNF after 45%

I've read a lot of reviews that raved about this and that the writing was so hauntingly beautiful. It is so far from the truth.

I was hesitant about picking this book up, but I talked myself into borrowing it from the library. I got lucky that I didn't purchase this title.

Reading the actual synopsis you t
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Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
This review was originally posted on The Moonlight LibraryMan, these girls were broken long before anyone even died.

Two sisters lead a completely sheltered life and when their promiscuous cousin dies, they seemingly commit suicide by drowning in the local quarry pool shortly afterwards. The younger sister, Mina, left several notes to her ex-boyfriend explaining why they died but in a convoluted way she hid them in places where he touched her, including adult bedrooms, which is weird, so the ex (
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Jen Ryland
Feb 25, 2017 marked it as setting-aside-for-now
Just couldn't get into this one. May try again.
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Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary ARC e-copy of BEAUTIFUL BROKEN GIRLS in exchange for my honest review.

The intertwined, tragic lives of beautiful, enigmatic sisters Francesca and Mira Cillo were as mysterious as they death. Pulled from a quarry, clutching one another. Suicide? Accident? Something else? Ben loved Mira in secret. He touched her in seven places. He receives a letter from her following the sisters' deaths sending him in a quest to find seven letters, clues to the
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Amber
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
I've written a spoiler-free review on this; however, overall, I was hoping that the things that I previously didn't like about this author's storytelling would be redeemed; however, I've decided to part ways with her.

I received an ecopy of this book through Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.
Trisha
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-physical
"Here's what we learned: when you touch things, they can break."

I really struggled with this one. Ben is a likable character, for the most part. He seems swept away by a girl, Mira, and her recent death has sent him spiraling. He's missing work and not hanging out with friends. He discovers a small note from Mira that sends him on a scavenger hunt and suddenly he has a reason the leave the house again.

As he ran around town, I was a bit swept up in the story. His heart pounding chase to find the
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Roxanne
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: physical-library
Writing is excellent, however the plot and what happened was so underwhelming. I was expecting major trauma and huge twisty reveal what happened was twisty but figured it out and was just left underwhelmed by the ending.
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
2.5 sad stars.

I just....... I don't even know what this was.


I'm beyond sad to say that I didn't love this book. I REALLY REALLY wanted to, but I just couldn't make that happen. I read After the Woods last year and thought it was phenomenal. Such a strong debut full of interesting characters, a twisty twist, and a smartness that blew me away.

Beautiful Broken Girls is not cut from the same cloth. This book is about an obsession that a town has with these girls-- the reason?? It's anyone's guess. T
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Leah
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ben loves the girl next door, but their story is a tragic one. Princesses in their tower to be hidden from the rest of the world is what Ben imagines life is like for Mira and Francesca Cillo, daughters of the an overprotective father who also happens to be the most influential man in their small town. The girls have always been put on a pedestal by everyone they know because of their beauty and their father's authority, though people also whispered how strange it was they were so untouchable. B ...more
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight
adored the author's debut,  After the Woods , and was expecting to love this one just as much. But alas. The premise was promising, and I was very excited to jump in. But it was rocky from the start for me, as I was kind of bored at the beginning. Ben just didn't... speak to me, as a narrator. I had trouble connecting to him, his personality was a bit lackluster for my taste. B
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Petra
This was just not what I expected it to be. At all.
Michelle (Michelle's Book Ends) Shealy
"Everyone wanted to touch us. Including you. So remember the seven places you touched me That's where you'll find the truth. Start at the beginning. In my words. "...

Sisters, Mira and Francesca, lived an over protected and lonely life. One neighborhood boy, Ben, is able to reach Mira. In a strange twist the girls commit suicide, drowning in the quarry. The story starts with their deaths.

After their suicide, a letter arrives from Mira to Ben. Something between them will be clues to where more not
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Katy Upperman
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
This novel is as strange and beautiful as its cover. I'm going to go out on a limb and say it's perhaps not for everyone, but whoa. I found it fascinating. It's the story of Ben, a sixteen year old boy who's tracking down notes left for him by his now-dead ex-girlfriend, Mira, who fell (jumped?) into the local quarry with her sister, Francesca. Beautiful Broken Girls has strong religious themes, and it's set in a small, close-knit community where most people are not exactly who they seem on the ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I read through Part 1

Kim Savage has seriously beautiful prose, but I can tell that this subject matter isn't going to work for me. The characterization isn't doing a whole lot for me, and the mass of the story is Ben's sad penis feels, and I increasingly lack sympathy for any sort of penis feels. And mysterious MPDGs aren't improved by sending postmortal quests or by stigmata. Also, the descriptions of the wounds are making me feel super queasy, which is testament to Savage's writing talent but
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Laurie Flynn
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. Haunting, deep, and evocative, with mysterious characters who kept me guessing. I adored Kim's debut, AFTER THE WOODS, and this book shares the same gorgeous writing and intricately crafted plot and storyline. BEAUTIFUL BROKEN GIRLS is at once intriguing and devastating, heartbreaking and inspiring.
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KIM SAVAGE is the author of three critically acclaimed young adult novels, After the Woods, Beautiful Broken Girls (named by Kirkus as one of the 10 Best YA of 2017), and In Her Skin (releasing April 17, 2018), all with Farrar, Straus, Giroux/Macmillan. Her novels have been published in Spain, Brazil, and Turkey, and have been optioned for TV. Kim presents at conferences and book festivals nationw ...more
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