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I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
Published by Listening Library on August 30th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Mental Health, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
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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 thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain 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.
There are some books that leave you breathless. Their words leave their mark on you and you are left with no adequate words to describe it, and how it made you feel. Girl in Pieces, is one of those books… it’s just so honest, raw and emotionally draining but beautiful, too.
If I could reach in this story and hug all the characters, I would. But I would hold onto Charlie the longest, because this girl’s story just broke me. After all the things she had been through, and lives, she still has this honest, quiet, and innocence about her that just… hurts. Yet, she is one of the strongest characters I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.
All the relationships in Girl in Pieces were problematic, but… honest. Charlie is looking for affection, any affection, and finds it in people who are most harmful to her. Yet, they are also the glue that keeps her together and they heal each other. It’s just a sad, beautiful thing. I keep going back to the word honest because that’s just how it is, you guys.
Charlie’s story is a journey of self discovery and hope. While yes, it was SO hard to listen to because of the pain, I couldn’t stop listening. The writing is lyrical and honest in the sense that I felt like Kathleen was telling HER story, rather than a fictional one.
As for the audio narration, it was nothing short of amazing. Julia Whelan is one of my favorite narrators, and seeing her name as the narrator is what pushed me to listen. She just has this knack for getting into character and feeling it. I don’t know how she does it, but she makes each character their own and nails their voice perfectly.
I wish there were more I could say about Girl in Pieces. Truly, I do. But I find that with books like this, it’s okay to be left speechless, breathless and in awe. Kathleen’s words are an experience, one that many, many readers should have. I highly recommend it!
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- Have you read/listened to Girl in Pieces? If so, what did you think?
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