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Review by Suze
Beaufont Hall is now neglected, but it used to be grand. Cassie loves the house and has always longed to live there, but her mother doesn't want to. Cassie dreams of a romantic life in Beaufont Hall, but there are too many painful memories there for her mother, who wants to sell the place as soon as possible. Cassie has one last chance to make some memories of her own, good ones this time. Together with Ed, whose family used to work at Beaufont Hall, she tries to improve the state of the house, so it can be put on the market. She secretly wants to come up with a plan to save it though. While sorting through the things that have been left behind Cassie finds several diaries. They belong to a family member, but Cassie has never heard of her. Slowly she uncovers some big family secrets...
Eliza wants to have a life. She's bored with her daily routine of going to school and living with her parents in a small house on an estate where nothing exciting ever happens. Together with a new friend who wants the same things she finds a squat in Soho and she moves out of her parental home before the end of her last school year. That is when she can finally really start living. Soho is where it all happens and Eliza loves it there. Only will it keep its magic or will Eliza get bored again? She isn't very good at taking care of herself. What will happen to her when things get out of hand?
The Glittering Art of Falling Apart is such a beautiful, gripping story. I read this book in one sitting, I couldn't put it down. I loved the stories of both Cassie and Eliza. Eliza's life is wild and out of control. The eighties are an interesting time and for a while she even manages to become famous. I felt bad for her at times and wanted to shake her when she let things happen that could lead to her destruction. My heart ached because of some of the choices she made. I felt so many different emotions while reading her story. Eliza is such a sweet girl, but unfortunately life doesn't bring her the things she desperately craves at all. That was heartbreaking to witness.
Ilana Fox has a great writing style. It has a natural and easy flow and it's elegant at the same time. She makes things come to life really well. I could easily picture the grand family home and understood exactly why Cassie wants to keep it. I loved reading about her work, the progress she makes and about the books. Her family history is intriguing and the ending is surprising. I enjoyed reading The Glittering Art of Falling Apart very much and I highly recommend this fantastic, moving story.