Book Review: Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

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Author: Kathleen Glasgow
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: 30th August 2016
Source: Own copy
Date read: 4th January – 7th January 2017
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Summary:

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.


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I am a masochist for going through this beautiful, mental torture. Seriously, it was mentally exhausting, which is why it took me three days to read it. But at the end of the day, it was so worth it.

Going into the story, after reading the summary, I thought it was about a girl cutting herself (I was right about that one), and set in high school — she was bullied, and met with friends and support group that helped through it. But the most important thing was, the main character herself worked to get through whatever things that she had to go through. But meh, I was wrong. The book was much more than that. It was a coming of age book, and self-discovery, in a way.

There was so much hype surrounding this book, and I tried not to keep my expectations so high, in case I was disappointed. But it turned out I didn’t have to worry about that at all. The book was well-written, and it was so beautiful, and realistic. I felt like I was there too, experiencing all the clusterfuck that Charlie had to go through. I felt so damn sad reading it, that when I am not ugly sobbing, it left me feeling choked as I read page after page.

To sum it up, if you need a book, a realistic, well-written and beautiful story that will make you cry so hard, this is your book. If you want a book that tells you that only YOU can change your life, that you can ask for help, but it’s only if you make the effort that your life will change, well, then this is your book. I think fans of Aristotle and Dante Discovers the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa, Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick, and Am I Normal Yet by Holly Bourne would really enjoy this book.

I bet you’re wondering why, when none of the books I’ve listed out involved cutting. Well, they have something else in common. And it’s not the mental illness issue. It’s about making the readers feel like everything’s going to get ugly when the shit hits the fan with all the clusterfuck, and the despair, and everything gets worse before it gets better. That is what these books have in common, and that is why I think they’ll enjoy reading Girl In Pieces.

I rate this book 5/5 stars.

30 Days Blog Challenge: On the Shelf (Day 3)

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Hey guys~ It’s Day 3, I’m still doing this, and I’m still late but I’m in denial. Besides, I haven’t gone to bed yet, so it’s not yet a new day even thought it is actually 1 a.m. where I am right now. Haha

So, today’s post is On the Shelf. It is kind of self explanatory. What I have to do is list down 3 books from my shelf, and just… write how I feel about them etc.

Now, let’s get on to it…

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue #2 (Oct. 24 ’16)

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I’m here again with Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and hopefully I can recommend something great to you guys. Also, let’s just ignore the fact that I was supposed to post this last week.

Also, ignore my ugly banner. It’s so late now, and I can’t experiment and make something better. Continue reading

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue #1

Hey everyone~

So, I was watching this program on the telly, about brides looking for wedding dresses or something, which made me think of this old saying. To brides, this “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” is a time-honored tradition that will bring them good luck…or something like that.

You guys are probably wondering where I’m going with this.

Anyways, when I heard this saying, I had an epiphany, and thought, ‘Maybe I could use this for book recommendations.’

So… This is how it works.

The title itself is self-explanatory. You’ll have to recommend four books based on:

  1. Something old: A book on your bookshelf that you’ve owned for years. OR you can recommend a Classics that you like
  2. Something new: Now, for this, you can cheat a bit. You can recommend a book you just bought, a newly published book, or a book that you have not bought yet but will buy soon
  3. Something borrowed: Again, this is self-explanatory. Recommend books that you’ve borrowed, either from a friend, or the library, or wherever
  4. Something blue: For this, you can be literal, and recommend any books with blue covers that you like. Doesn’t have to be on your shelf, as long as you like it, just rec it. Or, you can recommend books that makes you feel “blue” 🙂

And that’s it. Simple enough, right? I will probably be doing this weekly or one every two weeks. I’ll just start now 😀

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