Thursday 11th February was a rather magical day for one of our fave authors, Sara Barnard: it was her book birthday.
‘Beautiful Broken Things’, her debut YA, is now officially on the shelves in book stores.
Bone tired. Stayed up to watch the clock change. It is 11/02/2016. Happy publication day, me. Welcome to the world, Beautiful Broken Things.
— Sara Barnard (@saramegan) February 11, 2016
We were utterly delighted to be invited along to the launch events at Brighton Waterstones – not just the evening shindig (we’ll get to that later) but also the lovely (and first EVER) My Kinda Book Club at 4:30pm.
— Gary Deane (@Dean_e1) February 11, 2016
Fabulous author Sara Barnard was interviewed and chatted with by none other than legendary Booktuber Leena Norms. They were the most perfect pairing, bantering back and forth – Leena occasionally getting over-excited when asking questions and Sara blowing our minds with her personal anecdotes. Sara talked about what inspired her to write this perfect YA – how she’s been writing it for almost 15 years, and how she started writing ‘Beautiful Broken Things’ in the middle.
— Maximum Pop! Books (@maximumpopbooks) February 11, 2016
Sara’s little reading of the first few pages of ‘Beautiful Broken Things’ was wonderful. The tale of the Toblerone Shakeaway thievery was extra hilarious when read aloud.
— Grace Latter (@_gracelatter) February 11, 2016
The most exciting part of this first-time event had to be the fact that there were teens in the audience. Teens galore! Even some in their school uniforms who we got to chat with afterwards (turns out we are all major Potter fans) Some intense topics were covered in discussions between Leena’s questions: mental health played a huge part in the talk, and the delightful teen audience were all saying this subject had never been touched on at school. Shocking!
Thank goodness for a good book that covers these sensitive topics perfectly and realistically then, eh?
Teenagers read books about mental health to learn more about it when it's not taught in school #mykindabookclub
— MyKindaBook (@MyKindaBook) February 11, 2016
— Laura Patricia Rose (@LaurapRose_) February 12, 2016
Thank you, Sara Barnard, for your words of wisdom. We adore you, and your debut release! Congrats again on the most wonderful book birthday!
— Sara Barnard (@saramegan) January 18, 2016