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The Summer of Broken Things

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  1,457 ratings  ·  270 reviews
Fourteen-year-old Avery Armisted is athletic, rich, and pretty. Sixteen-year-old Kayla Butts is known as “butt-girl” at school. The two girls were friends as little kids, but that’s ancient history now. So it’s a huge surprise when Avery’s father offers to bring Kayla along on a summer trip to Spain. Avery is horrified that her father thinks he can choose her friends—and m ...more
Hardcover, 393 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
This is not my typical genre. I rarely read YA books unless they have romance in them. The Summer of Broken Things is more of a coming of age family drama. The main characters are fourteen and sixteen and they felt true to their actual age. This made them seem young compared to many characters in YA novels, but I feel most of the time authors write characters who come across as being too mature for their actual age. Content-wise this was very clean with no swearing or sex or anything objectionab ...more
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Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
i really liked this book. through the beginning and the middle of the book, it was kinda repetitive, but i loved the ending. i liked how Kayla and Avery's relationship suddenly transitioned into a really good relationship between them and how they acted around each other.

this book seems so depressing and cute, i want it.
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
3.5 Stars

I was very intrigued by The Summer of Broken Things when I first heard of it, especially since it is set in beautiful Spain. It is a story about family secrets, and it contains two main characters who change drastically throughout the book. I did find the plot to be predictable, but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment too much. I would recommend this one to younger readers looking for a summer read with a message.

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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

Avery can’t believe her father is dragging her to Spain for the summer with Kayla, a girl she knew as a child. Kayla, grateful for the opportunity to escape her rural town, comatose father and job at a nursing home, doesn’t know how she’ll endure spoiled Avery’s whining. When a secret reveals the girls’ connection (no, not the obvious one you think you’ll see coming) neither will be the same.

Margaret Peterson Haddix hooked me from the first chapter. Avery’s insufferable complaints, were
Sara (sarabara081)
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
You can find more of my reviews at Forever 17 Books.

The Summer of Broken Things is just that, a story about two girls whose worlds seem to collide and fall apart while on summer vacation together, and the ways it changed them.

Avery’s father must travel to Spain for the summer and insists that not only she come with him, but that they bring along a girl she once knew as a young child, Kayla. Both girls couldn’t be more different from each other and Avery feels a little resentment that Kayla is ta
ash ♡
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book was not great, but not terrible at the same time. I honestly had higher expectations for it when I picked it up.


.・゜゜・Things I liked・゜゜・.

-THE SETTING: One thing that I noticed about this book is that the major setting of Spain was actually pretty well described. I could tell that the author did her research well, because I didn't doubt the credibility of any facts about Spain.

-THE END: Some parts of the ending were actually interesting! I think the scene w
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
*i was sent this book in exchange for an honest review.*

I gotta say, i had a lot of issues with this book. The fat rep felt ... not great and I’d love to hear more opinions on that if you’ve read it. There was a lot of oddly “naive” racism in this book from our main characters to their grandparents and sometimes random strangers. The two POV main characters are both just REALLY annoying.

I found that the FIRST big problem/secret/whatever we learn frankly shouldn’t have been as big of a deal as ev
Violet Sinclair
DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of THE SUMMER OF BROKEN THINGS in exchange for an honest review

1.5 Stars


Look, I didn’t go into THE SUMMER OF BROKEN THINGS with the sole intention to tear it to shreds, I genuinely wanted to enjoy it. was a big fat yikes.

Where do I begin with this book?

Listen, Margaret Peterson is probably my favorite sci-fi author of all time and I’ll always love her science fiction. That being said, I’ve now read two of her contemporary books and I d
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ugggghhhhh MPH, you are so much better than this!

Both characters are such cliches, it hurt to read. The Spoiled Teen was incredibly unlikeable and the Country Teen was just cringeworthy.

I love twists, but the main twist was so... not that big of a deal? The second twist was great and perfectly written and awesome. THAT is why I read MPH.

My personal rant:
This book made it seem like nursing home residents in the country are all kindly people with stories and advice to share, whereas Europe has p
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: charlotte
The Summer of Broken Things is a coming of age/family drama about two very different teen girls who are forced to spend the summer together in Spain.

The descriptions of Spain will transport readers to this beautiful country and I enjoyed that the focus is on the family dynamics instead of teen romance. The story is told with the alternating points of view of the two teens, Avery and Kayla. These two are like night and day - Avery is the spoiled and trendy, yet sheltered ‘city mouse’ and Kayla i
Aryana Parmar
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
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May 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Norina Zhang
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
The theme of this book is that people don't always seem like what they are on the inside. For example, Kayla thinks that Avery is pretty, smart, and has perfect rich parents. However, as you read the book, you find out that Avery has a really messed up life, and her parents are getting divorced. Kayla, being poor, but positive never thinks she will ever be friends with Avery, but a tangled family lie brings them close together.
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Summer of Broken Things is a Young Adult book that I would classify as realistic fiction. This is my first book by this author.

This book is quite different from most YA books that I read. The main characters/narrators are younger (14 and 16) and there is almost no focus on romance.

There are two first person narrators: Avery (14) and Kayla (16).

Avery is rich, spoiled, pretty and popular. She loves soccer and she has lots of friends. Kayla comes from a completely different background. Her fami
Ms. Yingling
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
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Avery is a well-to-do 14-year-old who loves to play soccer. Her father must spend the summer in Spain for work, and her mother is staying to run her decorating business. Something is wrong with this situation, but Avery isn't quite sure what it is. Kayla is two years older and lives in a small town not too far from Avery's posh town. Her father was injured in an accident before he was deployed, leaving Kayla and her mother to live with her mother's folks wh
Kathy Martin
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THE SUMMER OF BROKEN THINGS tells the story of a summer that really changes both of the main characters.

Avery Armisted is fourteen, rich, pretty, athletic and just a little bit spoiled. When her parents tell her that she is going with her father to Spain for the summer instead of to soccer camp with her friends, she is angry and disappointed. She is even more angry when her father tells her that they are bringing along Kayla Butts who is two years older and who was a friend when both girls were
Addyson Huneke
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't understand all the bad reviews on this book. I thought it was amazing and I'm very hypercritical. Maybe some of the bad reviews have something to do with the Christian undertones and constant talk of prayer?

Anyway, I enjoyed it. I loved the characters and how Kayla was just as flawed and angry as Avery. I loved the plot twist. I really enjoyed the Christian undertones. This was a really great book and I just don't understand the hate it's getting.
Karen Arendt
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, family
I enjoyed this book though I was expecting something more sci-fi or dystopian from the author. She raises thought-provoking questions about surrogacy and what constitutes family while infusing Spanish culture. I felt I was getting a trip to Spain while enjoying the book!
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Bitter-sweet would be a good description for this book. Avery and Kayla are teens who have serious issues to work through. They are very different personalities with insecurities and preconceived notions of who they are and their place in society.

This book deals with some hard emotional issues. The girls learn and grow, they also learn respect and the value of someone who is different from them. I think in they end they realize that they aren't as different as they first thought.

The book is a c
Misty Wilson read.fine.print
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This young adult book’s title isn’t playing around. When it says stuff broke, like, that summer THINGS BROKE.

Avery is a spoiled rich girl forced (forced?!) to go to Spain for the summer with her dad. For reasons no one understands at first, they take along a poor country-mouse-type girl, Kayla, who isn’t really even a friend of Avery’s. The girls annoy me a bit and I’m even more annoyed when they can’t get along. I mean they REALLY can’t get along. They are total opposites and their attitudes a
Heidi Lil' Chip
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! There was an unexpected thing that was...uncomfortable, which is why its only 4★s
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
the book wasn’t really that interesting to me, but I liked how much the characters developed throughout the story
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
The Summer of Broken Things is a heartwarming YA contemporary about how one summer can change everything.

What I Liked:

1. The Dual POV - The Summer of Broken Things alternates between Kayla's and Avery's POVs. Margaret did a great job of switching between them, and I liked how they both sounded unique. Kayla's reflected her upbeat, bubbly personality while Avery's reflected her moodiness.

2. The Characters - Kayla and Avery couldn't be any more different. Avery's always had everything in life h
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The concept of this book had great potential but the characters were never developed beyond caricatures and the plot felt very predictable however there is a very unique storyline involving surrogacy that help better the book but didn't save it.

We received eARCs of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Melanie Dulaney
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: realistic-fiction, ya
Kayla and Avery are separated by 2 years, geographic location, and economic and social strata. But something connects them and results in the two of them spending the summer in Spain with Avery’s father. Neither girl likes the the other and both have work to do in the personality department, but when the reason for their families’ connection is revealed, both girls may be forced to accept the other. As a big fan of Haddix’s middle grade sci-fi (series: Shadow Children, Found, Children of Exile a ...more
Mineliz Febus
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Fourteen-year-olds Avery and Kayla were childhood best friends. The key verb is “were.” Now they can’t stand each other, and they’re as different as a crescent moon night and a summer solstice day. Avery is rich, pretty, popular and worldly. Kayla is quiet, awkward and the butt of ugly jokes. Literally. Her last name is Butts, and she’s called “butt-girl” at school. Things take a strange turn when these two former friends are forced to travel to Spain together. Their parents are hiding something ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Jaina Rose
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Margaret Peterson Haddix has an eery habit of writing exactly what I want to read. I came home from my first year of college in Scotland, trying to plan a way to travel to Spain, and I came home to read . . . a book by my favorite author about two American girls wandering around Spain! The details are incredibly detailed and alluring, and I'm even more excited than ever to go there myself.

The drama was a little melodramatic, but the setting more than makes up for it.
Amy Palma
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Realistic fiction from Margaret Peterson Haddix. Great book for mature 7th grader and up. A story of friendship, sports (soccer), travel (Spain), growing up and family secrets. Towards the end of the book I was thinking, this is a wonderful book, wish it had a little more drama & suspense. Then I turned the page..... ...more
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Margaret Peterson Haddix grew up on a farm near Washington Court House, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University (of Ohio) with degrees in English/journalism, English/creative writing and history. Before her first book was published, she worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne, Indiana; a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis; and a community college instructor and freelance writer in Danvil ...more

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