Monday, September 12, 2016

Review: Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you. 

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge. 

It’s a rare day that I finish a book, put it down, and just sit and stare into space. Traumatized. Tears rolling down my face. Girl in Pieces did that to me. It ripped out my gut, chewed it to pieces and spit it out. That’s the mark of a good book. One that touches you at the core. One that you will never forget. 

This is tough subject manner. There’s nothing sugar coated in Glasgow’s debut about a teenage girl who’s homeless, has absolutely nothing good going for her and self mutilates. Time after time, I cringe turning the page, only to find out things only get tougher for Charlie. It’s rough, tough, and real. If you have any triggers at all, this book is going to hit one of them. 

But it’s so well done. This book is raw and emotional and makes you feel so guilty for having the tiniest bit of of comfort your life. Like clean clothes and clean tap water. You will embrace Charlie. You will root for her. And you will approach life with a new set of lenses. 

This is a must read book for all teens AND their parents.


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