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.
Title: Girl In Pieces
Author: Kathleen Glasgow
Publication Date: 30th August 2016 (U. S)/6th October 2016 (U. K)
Series: No, but I would love to read a short story about some of the characters after the book!
First of all, this book was fucking angelic. (You’ll see why I said that after you read it. And yes, you will read it. Even if I have to stalk you and force it down your throat.)
Even before I started this book, I knew that it would be serious and that no jokes would be made in my review. But I seriously had no idea how big of a book it’d be, and that it’d be so profound.
Charlotte Davis is the main character and the entire book is told from her point of view. She’s broken and has nothing, and at the start of the book, she’s in a mentak hospital for girls that self-harm. I won’t tell you anymore about Charlie’s history but it is there, and bits and pieces come to you and it’s heartbreaking. And as a means of coiping, she cuts and it’s her only way of finding peace – even if it’s for a short while. I really loved Charlie’s character because she has a good heart, and wants to change, but a lot of her actions are questionable and she doesn’t always do the right thing. I really really enjoyed seeing Charlie change, and looking back at the beginning of the book, Charlie has come a long way.
There are many other characters, and to be honest, I’m not sure what I should tell you and what I should keep a secret *scratches head*
The other characters at first, appear simple, but then later you find out that that’s not true: they too have their own story. I loved it, because this way Kathleen shows us that everyone has their own story to tell.
The entire novel centres around Charlie, and her road to recovery. It’s not a straight road, and Charlie does struggle not to fall back into her old ways at many points in the novel. Even so, she still makes some bad choices, but ultimately, all she wants is to recover and get her life back on track.
I love the pacing of the book. It’s not too fast, and not too slow. Kathleen doesn’t focus on romance, and there are no guys that come in and suddenly our main character is saved and she’s happy.
The book is split into 3 parts, and it’s clearly marked. I read them as phases in Charlie’s life.
In the beginning, I didn’t like the way it was written. The first couple of pages were espeically weird and I was so glad this didn’t continue for the rest of the book. The pages had maybe only 2-3 paragraphs and they were sort of disorientating. Looking back now, I realise how essential this was. It was filled with pain and hurt, and it hit me.
The book is written so that it feels like a diary. Although there are no dates, there are countless of dividers that mark the next day.
I love love LOVE this book! It’s a beautiful story of a heroine and her road to recovery, filled with raw honesty. Themes like abuse and self-harm were written masterfully, and it was so real and honest that it seriously left me aching sometimes. I love how strong Charlie was, yet how human and how full of longing she was. It was such a powerful, and thought-provoking read and I would recommend it to EVERYONE.
Warning: There may be triggers in this book as it does contain themes of abuse and self-harm.
- A beautiful and powerful read
- Strong female character that feels so real
- Amazing character development
- Can’t find any!
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Rating: 5 Stars – See my rating system.
Recommended for: Those that enjoyed All The Bright Places. For those that want a profound read with themes of mental health and self harm. And basically everyone that likes contemporary and can read books with such themes.
Are you going to read this when it comes out? If you were lucky like me and scored an ARC, did you enjoy it?