Normally book reviews are super easy for me to write, but Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow is so powerful that it’s hard to rattle off a couple of paragraphs and then turn the computer off. This is a book that is heartbreaking, challenging, thought-provoking, and hopeful, all rolled into one. It’s like an Ellen Hopkins book without so much poetry.
When Girl in Pieces opens we meet Charlie Davis in a mental hospital for girls who self-harm. As Charlie’s story reveals itself, we discover that a lot of horrible things have happened to Charlie including losing her best friend, her father, and her mother–all in different ways. Charlie is a cutter, but she’s also a lot of other things too: artist, survivor, scammer, and waif. She’s in such a deep, dark hole that it seems impossible she’ll ever climb out.
If you’ve ever known someone who was lost, or if you’ve been that lost girl yourself, you’ll immediately recognize the veracity of Charlie’s character. As an outsider looking in, it’s simple to say that Charlie’s circumstances are a mix of crappy things happening to her combined with her own poor choices. But can Charlie see that herself? Can anyone understand their own suffering when they’re in the middle of that suffering?
It would have been easy for Glasgow to turn Girl in Pieces into a real downer, but she doesn’t. Yes, there are times you’ll need to close the book and look away, take a deep breath and hurt for the characters who are hurting. But this book is flooded with hope. It’s also the perfect choice for mothers to read side-by-side with their teenage daughters.
Girl in Pieces comes out August 30th. Don’t miss it!
P.S. I received a free eARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinions and review.