The YALit giveaway is a great way to discover new YA authors and to find amazing books to add to your wish list. It also gives you the chance to download some freebies. The best thing is that there's a huge prize of 50 paperbacks for one lucky winner.
One of the books you can win is Girl in Pieces. Suze has decided to review this book because of its powerful message and impressive and meaningful content.
Review by Suze
Charlie doesn't have anyone in the world. She's broken and her soul has shattered due to all of the horrible things she's been through. The pain often becomes unbearable and when she wants to make it stop for a while cutting is her only way out. Charlie has scars on her arms and legs, because she doesn't want to remember what happened to her father or the things an evil man has done to her when she was vulnerable and she also can't cope with what happened to her best friend Ellis, the girl who tried to end her life. Charlie's mother can't take care of her daughter and when after a long time on the streets Charlie finally ends up in a treatment center where they can do something for her, she has to leave because there's no money to pay for her stay. Charlie is on her own again. Will she be able to find a way to put the pieces of her life back together and make it whole again all by herself?
Girl in Pieces is an impressive emotional story. Charlie has known very little love in her life. Her childhood was unhappy, she lost the only friend she had and the boy she loved with all her heart didn't love her back. Charlie has to find a way to be more than just an invisible person who doesn't speak and that isn't easy. She cuts herself because she can't cope with the abundance of emotions that are constantly overwhelming her. Kathleen Glasgow describes her pain in a beautiful raw and realistic way. She knows what she's writing about and isn't afraid to show others what it's actually like. I found that incredibly brave and it made the book even more terrific and special for me.
Charlie is a sweet and talented girl. She's craving love, she wants to belong and she'd love to finally feel welcome somewhere. It's a sad situation and her despair radiates off the pages. It isn't easy to read about, but Kathleen Glasgow's amazing writing and skillful translation of feelings into words made it difficult for me to put Girl in Pieces down. Charlie tries to pick herself up, but she's quite naïve and hasn't seen much of the world and the people in it yet. She's only seventeen, so she still has a lot of living to do. I kept hoping the broken girl would get a chance to heal. Because of this I couldn't stop reading to find out if she'd actually get there.
Girl in Pieces is a book about big problems and tough situations. Charlie's issues resemble those of a lot of girls and I love that Kathleen Glasgow gives them a voice and makes her readers understand how and what drives someone to self hurt and mutilate. I was shocked by some parts of the book and I often had tears in my eyes while reading about Charlie's struggles. There's only one person who can change Charlie's life and better days will only come when she's ready to face this. Girl in Pieces is an incredible book, it's a strong thought-provoking story with a clear powerful message for everyone who feels broken in any kind of way.
If you like deep meaningful stories about serious topics with many difficult emotional layers and shocking scenes you should definitely read Girl in Pieces.
About the YALit Giveaway
A bunch of authors got together to bring you a Young Adult Big Box of Paperbacks Giveaway. One lucky winner is going to win fifty Young Adult paperback books.
The best part is that even if you don’t win, you’ll be subscribed to the sponsoring authors' newsletters for a chance to grab some freebies, snag some special offers and enter more giveaways. You can unsubscribe at any time using the unsubscribe button in the emails. This is not a fine print detail, so we suggest you only enter the giveaway if you really love books.
The box will contain the following titles:
Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen
Kass Morgan’s Rebellion (The 100)
Kathleen Glasgow’s Girl in Pieces
Veronica Roth’s Four: A Divergent Collection
Gayle Forman’s If I Stay
Rebekah Crane’s The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland
Carrie Anne Noble’s The Mermaid’s Sister
John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars
Kiera Cass’s The Selection
C. J. Redwine’s The Shadow Queen
Cookie O’Gorman’s Adorkable
Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave
Julie Kagawa’s The Iron King
Alyson Noël’s Evermore: The Immortals
Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me
P. C. Cast’s Marked
Lauren Oliver’s Delirium
Jessica Sorensen’s Rules of a Rebel and a Shy Girl
Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux: Beginnings
Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely
Derek Murphy’s The Scarlet Thread
Derek Murphy’s Shearwater
Eric Padilla’s Unfurled
Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything
Siobhan Vivian’s The List
Michelle Madow’s Collide
Hilary Thompson’s Justice Buried
Natasha Preston’s The Cellar
J.L. Weil’s Slumber
Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why
Erin Hayes’s I’d Rather be a Witch
Ali Winters’s The Reapers
Erin Watt’s Paper Princess
Rebecca Rode’s Numbers Game
Kelly Oram’s Cinder & Ella
David Pandolfe’s Streetlights Like Fireworks
Jenny B. Jones’s In Between
Shannon Maynard’s Wicked Luck
Erin Richards’s Dragonfly Nightmare
D’Ann Burrow’s Playing by the Rules
Saul Tanpepper’s Contain
Elizabeth Briggs’s Future Shock
Steven Whibley’s Disruption
Jeanne Bannon’s Invisible
Norma Hinkens’s Girl of Fire
Lily Velez’s The Secrets We Kept
G. P. Ching’s Grounded
Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger
Sophie Davis’s The Syndicate
Brinda Berry’s The Waiting Booth
Julie Hall’s Life After: Huntress