Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

- Goodreads Synopsis -
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.


To be completely honest, it has taken me a few days to gather my thoughts and write this review. I am at a loss for words and this book really got to me. I wont go in to details about how, but in some ways Charlotte (Charlie) is very easy for myself to relate to. With that said, I need to address the fact that this book is not for sensitive readers. Well, it can be, you just need to read with caution because there are some situations in this book that can potentially be triggering.

"The world becomes an ocean. the ocean washes over me, the sound of water is defeaning, the water drowns my heart, my panic becomes as large as planets. I need release, I need to hurt myself more that the world can hurt me, and then I can comfort myself."

It was nice to see Charlie's journey and her strive to get better. She did not have many people in her life to help her, but the few she did have were absolutely amazing. I adored Charlie when she got the courage to no longer cover her scars. It takes a lot to look at your past and be okay with it. It takes a lot to learn from your past and grow positively from it. Charlie's story is really sad and is basically one bad situation after another. How much hurt and disappointment can a girl take? In the end she forms a few new friendships and rekindles a few old ones, which I enjoyed to see because Charlie deserves something good in her life. This book was full of so much hurt and sadness that I am really happy with the ending and the friends Charlie gained.  This book had me hooked from the first page! I could not put this book down.

Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow is a delightfully, disturbing story. That is the easiest way to describe this book. Girl In Pieces will have you, as the reader, in pieces the whole time. I can't remember how many times I cried while reading this book. The photo above is probably one of the best book photos I have ever taken. I saw this side walk and knew that this story would look perfect laying on a cracked sidewalk.

"I'm so lonely in the world, I want to peel all of my flesh off and walk, just bone and gristle, straight to the river, to be swallowed."

Kathleen's writing is so real and raw that it is almost hard to read sometimes. It was as if I was almost reading someone's diary. It felt like I was learning a story about someone that I wasn't suppose to know. Girl In Pieces has some extremely dark moments, but who's life doesn't? Everyone has their moments. As I mentioned above, Charlie was very easy for me to relate to. I felt everything she felt and that is what made this book so intense to me, as the reader.

If you are ready to take a look into the life of a teenage girl, who doesn't feel like she belongs anywhere but doesn't want to die, then this book is for you. Many girls feel like this daily and I don't think people notice or bother. I do hope this book brings a little awareness to self harm and that people can learn from Charlie's friends, parents, and life experiences.

I am now a huge fan of Kathleen Glasgow.

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