Title: Girl in Pieces
Author/s: Kathleen Glasgow
Publication Date: August 30, 2016
Number of Pages: 416
Purchase at: Amazon
“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.
A deeply moving portrait of a teenage girl on the verge of losing herself and the journey she must take to survive in her own skin, Kathleen Glasgow’s debut is heartbreakingly real and unflinchingly honest. It’s a story you won’t be able to look away from. (less)“
<b> ** Thank you Penguin Random House @PRHGlobal , for the review copy in exchange of an honest review. You guys are the best! ** </b>
<b> This is a breathtakingly tactful novel. </b>
The characters, especially the main one, have strong voices that will make you want to dig their own stories. <b> All of them are fucked up in their own way. </b>
Charlie, a young girl who’s been into such traumatic experiences is going through the process of healing. She belonged to a group of girls who are struggling with mental illness, those who self-harms, and who are addicts. Though I loved the portrayal of the characters, I didn’t like the way the story was told.
<b> The division of the story disappointed me. </b> Like most of the chapters were somewhat journalized and the others were the actual telling of the story. Nevertheless, Glasgow’s writing style compelled me.
Girl in Pieces lack character development, I didn’t even recognize anything about moving forward, though it’s pretty obvious that it’s character-driven. Still, it opened the readers’ mind regarding such topics. <b> And I think the novel was basically done with just two to three scenes. The apartment, the institution, and the diner. </b> Sometimes the plot falls flat and it did start really slow.
Let’s talk about Charlie’s love interest! <spoiler> The idea of a teenage girl who’s underage and is being involved with an older man makes me cringe (no offense) then by actually reading a novel with a 17-year old girl and a man who’s 10 years older- was married- made me feel uncomfortable. I was rooting for Charlie to get better, to move forward. I don’t think getting involved with another fucked up human being would do her any good. Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand why such thing happened. </spoiler> <i> I know that she loves him, the questions are: is love per se, enough? Is it worth it? </i>
I liked how the novel ended with Charlie deciding to choose what she wants, but I was left asking another question: <i> Would she choose to become a better being and continue moving forward? </i>
For anyone who’s up for a sensitive and dark read with journal like parts, try this one. Enjoy reading!
Kathleen Glasgow lives in Tucson, Arizona. She likes Tyrion and Shireen, musty old paperbacks from used bookstores that have cats wandering the aisles, cheesecake, coffee, and the Isle of Skye.
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