Broken Soup, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


An intriguing, compelling and moving new novel from the award-winning author of Finding Violet Park.

When the good-looking boy with the gentle voice presses the dropped negative into Rowan's hand, she's sure it's all a big mistake.

But next moment he's gone, lost in the crowd of bustling shoppers. And she can't afford to lose her place in the checkout queue - after all, if she doesn't take the groceries home, nobody else will.

Rowan has more responsibilities than most girls her age.

These days, she pretty much looks after her little sister single-handedly - which doesn't leave much time for friends or fun.

So when she finds out that Bee from school saw the whole thing, it piques her curiosity.

Who was the mysterious stranger? Why was he so insistent that the negative belonged to Rowan?

Bee invites Rowan to her house where they make a print of the negative. And the face that appears in front of Rowan's eyes is that of her dead brother Jack...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9780007229659



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This was a good case of "never judge a book by its cover". I bypassed this one for a while because the cover just looked too teenage (I'm an adult who just happens to still read a lot of children's/YA fiction). And yet when I did get round to it, I found it completely absorbing. One of those can't-put-it-down books. And I absolutely hadn't guessed the twist at the end!

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One of the most exciting voices in young adult fiction, Jenny Valentine succeeds again with this story of a family coping with the death of a child.

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This was one of the more touching YA books I've read. No wonder that it received awards and great reviews.Occasionally, I felt that the style of writing was a bit too distracting, pulling one's attention away from the story to the more stylistic, verbal elements, instead of emphasizing the plot, the characters and the message.The characters in the book are all very memorable. Particularly Rowan with her big heart, tolerance, acceptance and understanding for everything and everyone. She's a much better person than I am and I wished, many times throughout the book, that I could be a bit more like her.Reading this story will leave a mark.