Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
Source: eARC for review from publisher
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.
Review of Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
I'm not sure what's been going on with the synopses of the books I've read this week. This one (above) doesn't really say much for a book without significant spoilers.
First off: Girl in Pieces is dark, guys.
The book begins in the hospital, but I was sort of surprised (perhaps because of the vague synopsis) that Charlie doesn't spend all that much time there.
I also thought Girl in Pieces was beautifully written and incredibly moving in parts.
Definitely recommended for readers who like dark contemporary YA. The in and out of hospital structure and Southwestern setting reminded me a bit of The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork and the post-hospital parts reminded me of Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt.
If you've read this, let me know what you thought in comments, or let me know your thoughts on dark books. For some reason I find them easier to read in the summer...