My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Publication Date: August 30th, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: SUPER slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mental Illness
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.
I think I’m a fairly patient person. I do, after all, tutor a nine-year-old girl who prefers to spend her time trying to make me laugh in any way possible during our sessions instead of doing the work I assign her. (She’s adorable, though.)
But my patience has its limits, especially when it comes to books. There are so many types of books in the world, which is just perfect because there are also so many types of people. There are those books that have a plot, and those that don’t.
GIRL IN PIECES seems to go nowhere. In the beginning it’s interesting with the main character being hospitalized for being a danger to herself. So many new characters are introduced to us. Some boring, but others really curious.
So everything went well, reading experience-wise. It was slow even then, but the writing is beautiful and it’s true that many beginnings are slow. Sadly, when Charlie was released to the world again, I lost all interest.
Suddenly, things slowed down even more and the characters that I found worth reading about in the hospital disappeared from the plot. That’s such a bummer. Right when you start getting attached. Shame, shame.
I felt sorry for Charlie, of course I did. What happened to her (the little we learn in 150 pages) sounded awful and obviously she deserved none of it. She seemed like a good girl, so I wished her the best. But I just felt like the author wanted to make the book TOO realistic.
How can a book be TOO realistic? Well that’s when every single detail seems to be recorded in a book, when we all know there are daily activities (I dare go as far as to say ‘‘movements’’) that can always be cut. And we get it, the girl can think, but could she maybe keep some thoughts to herself? Not the major ones, but those that are repetitive, maybe?
This is definitely a heroine-driven novel. I read 150 pages and in those pages we know very little about the secondary characters (those that are still present, anyway) so it does seem to be all about Charlie and her struggles so far.
I can’t. I’m bored. I want to play a Tomb Raider game because at least then I won’t have to wait an hour to move from point A to point B.
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