Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine

I've seen this one at a blog post where it was somewhat captioned... 
"Best YA books you have never read!"
I have a compulsion for things that are wonderful. This book was worth it.


The setting is in London and the life of Rowan Clark after the death of her beloved brother Jack is told.

A mother that is still depressed, an absent father and a 6-year-old sister named Stroma to take care of, Rowan who suddenly matured goes through life like grace under pressure.

Until one day when a boy gives her something that he insists is hers, the course of her story changes.

That something which she never knew she owned or had is a negative photo of her brother Jack.

Where did that negative film come from? Is her brother sending her a message? Who is this guy who gave her the negative? Where is he from? Who is this new girl in school named Bee?


Wow, I tried my best to make this review as minimal as it can get. The more you tell all about this story, the more you give away the things readers should get themselves.

My opinion about the book is that the story is constructed in a way that will keep anyone going. It's a good book. Borderline on almost being unrealistic to being a-little-bit-believable, then again what can I say when most of the time truth is stranger than fiction.

I love Stroma! What a cute and precocious little girl. Sorry to the romantics out there but in my opinion, Harper Greene will not come back anymore. My interpretation is that he'll go places, live the dream, meet a lot of girls and all the while still holding Rowan in his heart but never planning to go back. I don't know but I'm just the kind of person who thinks that people who are unattached will always be unattached.

And it is far more romantic to remain where you are, away from the one you once loved who already built a life without you.


Megan STRONG | August 24, 2012 at 10:58 PM

awesome review, i personally adore this book, I agree with you about a Harper i think he'll travel.

Loraine | August 25, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Thanks Megan! I really loved reading this too. Thanks for dropping by. =)

Brigita | August 28, 2012 at 3:31 AM

Hi Loraine, thanks for leaving a comment on my review of this book. I agree with you about Harper and I'd like to think Rowan was smart enough to know it too.

Loraine | August 28, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Yes, I thought about that Brigita... that she's smart enough to know, very bittersweet isn't it? When someone makes a choice for himself/herself because in order to grow, they must choose to leave you. Or that the best thing for them excludes you and he chooses it and you're left acting like you understand.

Anonymous | October 20, 2013 at 4:31 PM

I disagree... I think that Harper will return. hey...... truelove is true love. it can never be broken.

Loraine | January 29, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Hey Anon,

You are a hopeless romantic! ♥

Have a nice day :)

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