Title: GIRL IN PIECES
Author: Kathleen Glasgow
Category/Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
My Star Rating: 5/5
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.
Girl In Pieces is an angst-ridden train wreck. It's heart wrenching and tragic, there's no way to sugar coat it. The author puts you through the emotional wringer. You'll simultaneously *need* to put this book down to catch your breath, but find yourself unable because you also *need* to know everything turns out okay for Charlie. There is a deep, dark, secret haven to be found in self-harm, one that is difficult to grasp unless you've found yourself dragged to that low point. If you don't know how it feels to find yourself gasping for air, drowning in your own self-deprecation and trying so hard to find a way out... you can't understand where this main character is. You should still read it. This amazing, fascinating book will force you to confront a place where I guarantee you at least one of your friends or family members is or has been at one point, and offer you the motivation to hold their hand while they find their way out. If, however, you are unfortunate enough to know this kind of darkness intimately, you're going to find an incredibly powerful message in this novel: you are never completely healed. The only way to survive is to take one day at a time. I appreciated this book more than the author could ever understand. THANK YOU for being brave enough to write it.
*I received a complimentary copy from Blogging For Books, and voluntarily reviewed*