Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

girl-in-piecesI received this book for free as an advanced reader’s copy.

When I started it, I figured it was going to be just another book about a teenage girl who’s suicidal and is stuck in a hospital the entire story, but I was sorely mistaken. Each character in this book is written so beautifully. Even if we only meet someone for a second, there is so much detail put into who that person is, we feel like we’re really meeting them in person. Charlie is so relatable as a main character, it was easy to read as if I was her, to put myself in her shoes. Her relationships with other characters are extremely real. The people she meets and befriends aren’t perfect. Each one has a unique personality with problems of their own. As far as “romantic” relationships go, there’s no studly man who saves the day. Charlie makes her life her own, but she learns to accept help when necessary. The story doesn’t move slowly or too fast.

Girl in Pieces is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. It shows that no matter how bad things get, people can always change or redeem themselves, but it also shows the other side of that, what happens when someone can’t fix what’s broken inside them. That may be why I love it so much. Not to mention the countless references to Van Morrison and Bob Dylan and the two paragraphs near the end that I will never be able to get out of my mind. This book spoke to me and pulled me into a book hangover. “Fucking angelic,” as Ellis would say. 😉

 

About the Author:kathleen-glasgow1

Kathleen Glasgow is the author of the New York Times best-selling novel, Girl in Pieces.

She lives in Tucson, Arizona and is a researcher for The Writer’s Almanac. Girl in Pieces has been named to “best of lists by Goop, TeenVogue, BN Teen, Refinery29, EW.com, TeenReads, and more.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

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Jenna Fox is a seventeen year old coma patient/car accident survivor who has just woken up….without her memories. As Jenna works to remember who she is, she realizes that her family is keeping secrets from her. Secrets about Jenna’s accident, her recovery, and what these things may mean for her future. Can Jenna depend on her new friends and her suddenly distant Grandmother for the truth? Even if she can, will it be too much to take? 

This was my third time reading this book and it was just as good as the times before. Mary E. Pearson has created a story that will draw you in and keep you there. You just have to figure out what is going on with Jenna! Why are her parents acting so strange? Where are her friends who were in the accident with her? Was she responsible? This book is amazing that it brings up so many questions and answers them all by the end. And the characters all have their own life that shines through. Even though you’re constantly on Jenna’s side, it’s easy to see what other characters are thinking and feeling and why certain ones made the decisions they did. A great book for any aged reader. Absolutely amazing.

Make sure you pick up THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX today! Also, I recently found out it is the first of a series! Review on the second book to come! 🙂

THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Hey everyone! So I finished reading THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY about a week ago, I just hadn’t gotten around to posting my review yet. 🙂

Hayley Kincaid is a senior at a high school in her hometown. This is slightly new to her because for the past five years, her and her father have been traveling in her father’s truck, going from place to place. Now, they’re working on having a normal life, but it’s difficult. Andy – Hayley’s father – has major PTSD syndrome from being in the war. His demons haunt him and cause him to drink until he can’t see straight. This problem also affects his attempts at getting a job and his attempts at being a father. At this point in Hayley’s life, she’s basically acting as the parent to her father. Of course, that’s the only role she takes seriously. She doesn’t work too much in her classes and she doesn’t seem very invested into her future. The only thing she focuses on is getting home everyday to see if her dad has had a good day…or a bad one. That all changes, though, when Hayley meets Finnegan “Trouble” Ramos. Sexy, funny, and smart, he’s just what Hayley needs to get her mind off of her dad and to start thinking about herself. If only Hayley will let that happen….

 

So, I’ll just say, I fell in love with Finn. He’s hilarious (even if Hayley doesn’t want to admit it). And he was probably my favorite part of the book. Every time him and Hayley had a moment, I was going, “Aww.” hahaha. I also kept wanting to strangle Hayley for almost messing stuff up with him and with school. I just wanted to grab her, shake her, and say, “Your dad is not your responsibility!” But I didn’t….mostly because I couldn’t. So I waited, and I let Hayley figure her life out and I was not disappointed. At the beginning you’re like, “C’mon, Hayley! What the heck?” but by the end you’re like, “Yeah! Go Hayley! Do what you’re doing!” And the entire book turns out great and wonderful and spectacular, just like all of Laurie Halse Anderson’s books that I’ve read so far. 🙂

THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY makes a point that it’s important to not hide or run from your memories just because they may be painful. Every memory you make is a part of you and they shape you into who you are. It’s necessary to remember what the house you grew up in smelled like, the songs your grandmother used to sing with you, what you and your friends did on a hot summer day when you were nine. It’s all meaningful and you can’t let those memories escape you, otherwise you become just a shell of someone. You become empty and you lack the luster of life.

 

I’ll have another review up tomorrow or the next day for THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green!! Make sure you keep an eye out! 😀