Girl in Pieces

Girl in Pieces

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Dec 16, 2020

Glasgow takes tackles on a hard topic as she dives into the rough and dark waters of mental health. Depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts plague Charlotte (the main character) day and night as she goes through life never being able to love fully without worry; when she does, it leads to an avalanche of betrayal and insecurities. Opening up your heart is hard, and having it broken is another but what do you do when you feel like it's been shattered into pieces? I would recommend this to older readers as there are mature scenes but all the same it's an amazing story of new beginnings and questions of whether fighting back the past and trying again or choosing to embrace it and moving on is for the best. 5/5 stars
@C.L of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Rating 4/5 This book should have a trigger warning on it, if you struggle with mental health this may not be the book for you. This book takes you on the journey of Charlotte Davis a girl who’s lost more in seventeen years than most people do in a lifetime. This novel by Kathleen Glasgow is a very dark, but powerful read. It gets down to the gritty details of how some people cope with mental illness. It will have you feeling sad and concerned. It will have you reflecting on your own mental health. The main takeaway from this book is no matter how bad your life gets it can always get better. This is a good reason for a young adult looking for an emotional, and dark novel.
@ve_teenreview of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

JCLEmmaF Aug 27, 2020

I love this book as much as I did three years ago, and do think I could recommend this to anyone who is experiencing / has experienced such issues, or anyone who just wants to understand. It's beautiful, soft, warm, cozy. A hard read, for sure, but it pays off. Girl in Pieces leans ever forward towards healing. That being said, take care as you read, and set it down as you need to.

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mitanline
Jul 22, 2020

First off, a big trigger warning (self-harm, suicide, alcohol and drug addiction) for anyone thinking to read! One thing I really like about the book is that It does not romanticize or glorify self-harm and mental health, needless to say, the book has a dark concept with mentions of homelessness and abuse. The author does not fail to depict the inner turmoil of someone battling mental health issues. The book has its readers walk along with the protagonist, Charlie Davis on her journey. As the title suggests, yes she is in pieces, she tries to pick them up and make herself whole again throughout the book. I kept hoping that the book would get a little hopeful towards the end but I realized that life is a series of ups and downs and we can't hope for it to always end in a happy ever after but you make do with what you have. Overall the book is quite an interesting read and does not back down when it comes to tackling the less spoken of issues in the society, however, I found myself getting frustrated every time she would go two steps back in the progress she had made, but that just reiterates the fact that the journey to recovery is not easy.

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sharishsu
Jul 15, 2020

Waking up in a psychiatric hospital in Minnesota, Charlie is the last place that she wants to be. She should be dead by now, but unfortunately, she isn’t. Due to a lack of money and insurance, she’s discharged, and put back on the same life that drove her to suicide—one interlaced with self-injury, depression, and doubt. Coping with toxic relationships, an unfixed past, and an unsteady future, Charlie must make a decision to fix herself or stay shattered.

Girl in Pieces was raw, blunt, and acknowledged a lot of the struggles that are normally not written about. This is easily my favorite book, as it displays the recovery aspect of mental illness and the ups and downs of healing. The book is a masterfully created emotional rollercoaster and rightfully deserves a 5/5 rating.

TW: This book addresses and describes sexual assault, alcoholism, drug addictions, eating disorders, self-injury, and suicide.

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jazminefinuliar04
Jun 23, 2020

In this young adult novel by Katherine Glasglow, a seventeen year old girl known as Charlotte “Charlie” Davis who came out of a suicide attempt after the recent loss of her best friend Ellis. Before, she had dealt with so much more, including her own father’s suicide and her abusive mother kicking her out from home, causing her to fall into homelessness at adolescence. After being released from a women’s psychiatric ward, she takes a bus to Tucson to visit Ellis’ friend Mikey, whom she fell in love with but his feelings aren't reciprocated, as he had been in love with Ellis. Charlie vows to put her life back together while in Tucson through the new people she meets and the new job she gets in the process. One thing I like about the book is the character development of the protagonist Charlie Davis. She went from a girl in a vulnerable place in life to a young woman who is finally starting to find inner peace within herself. Overall, I highly recommend reading this novel if you would like to empathize with those dealing with serious topics of teenage mental illness, or if you are one who is currently or has dealt with the same issues as the protagonist and wants someone to empathize with you. Reading this book truly touched my heart and made me emotional in so many different ways.

sjpl_rebekah Aug 26, 2019

BIG trigger warning for this book: there is a lot of graphic self-harm. Sometimes it can be difficult to stomach, but it is important to note that the self-harm does not feel in any way gratuitous. Without such vivid description, it would be difficult to understand the characters’ mental state and the extent of the damage they inflict upon themselves as a result. This is a powerful story of addiction and finding coping mechanisms to overcome extreme trauma.

I will say that as difficult as this story was to get through due to the heavy content, I found myself wanting to finish because I was truly hoping for a positive outcome for the main character, Charlie. I wouldn’t say the ending is uplifting, but I found that when I put it down, I did feel some sense of closure.

It’s hard to say I “love” this book…more like I found it to be very compelling. It addresses a sensitive topic that is infrequently talked about, but important to understand.

The performer of this book did a good job. Her voice fit the character, and that’s really all I ask for.

SCL_Alli Jul 12, 2019

This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. The book does deal with some difficult topics including self-harm, alcohol and drug addictions and abuse and at times is fairly graphic. But the story is told with such a rawness and emotion that readers immediately fall in love with Charlie and will be rooting for her as she tries to pick up the pieces of her life and find her way. A must read for anyone who wants to read a book about struggling girl who with a little help and a lot of hard work might just make it against all the odds.

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deniztaskesen
Feb 16, 2019

This book was amazing! I love how it didn't just go all unicorns and rainbows, it talked about people who were not the prom king and queen, but the people who don't have a place to fit in. It talked about how people could change for the right reason and purpose. This book shows what life actually is for the people who don't always fit in. I would recommend this book next to the series, The Program.

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cannotbeheard
Jan 28, 2019

See full review with spoilers at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2377472016?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1
I liked this. It was a little extreme at some points. I kind of thought this would be more relatable. Overall I liked this book and would recommend it.

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violet_giraffe_901
Nov 03, 2018

I borrowed this book two weeks ago, but I couldn't get get myself to read it. I was kinda saving this great book but also kinda scared of how dark this might be. In conclusion, One of the best book about finding oneself. I like how the author didn't try to romanticize her recovery or give her this happily ever after
Its soo heartbreaking how she went from physical self harm to get in a relationship that is disastrous for her. I personally feels like the relationship is worse as that is more hidden and is really to say what the problem actually is. It should be clear that Reilly took advantage of her vulnerability when himself was going down the rabbit hole. I like the art portion but it makes me wonder if she never found art, what will becomes of her?

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MissHelt
Feb 19, 2018

This book was a hard read emotionally. While I do not have personal experience with cutting, being homeless, or through violence, this book gave me a raw insight of how hard day to day life is and the struggles some people go through. It took me longer to finish this book, because of how emotionally toiling it was for me. Overall, I think this is a great book to read and is beneficial for people to read, so they can understand other peoples struggles or know they are not alone in their own personal battles.

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BeePeeker
Jan 04, 2018

I am reading all the nominees for the 2017 Amelia Walden Award as I work with young adults and want to see what books are being touted.

To begin, I appreciate Kathleen Glasgow’s courage to tell her story, and that she wants to let girls know that they are not alone in the world. That said, I found “Girl in Pieces” to read more as a detailed How-To manual for Self-Harm, rather than as a cautionary tale.

We first meet Charlie, bandaged and mute, in a private clinic where she landed (due to a loophole) after attempting suicide. After she is discharged/booted out, against her wishes, we are in for a wild ride as Charlie takes the bus to Arizona for a fresh start.

Glasgow’s weirdly romantic fetishizing of the “Tender Kit” were disturbing: the softness of the gauze, the color and thickness of the glass, the coolness of the ointments, the satisfying heft of the think chunks wrapped lovingly away for later; along with the fact that you'll need to apply extra force to push thick glass into your skin and how deep you'll need to go, and the release that comes after the pain. It is SO creepy.

I had hopes for Charlie, that she would accept Ariel’s offer of art lessons and that she would follow her instincts and trust Julie and Linus; instead, she goes down the slippery slope with Riley, running drugs, drinking, and glorifying having a sex/statutory rape relationship with a meth addict. Really? Reluctantly, I kept reading as I was committed to see how this might resolve.

The glimmers of hope come too late in the book to feel believable or to offer solace (to the reader): after Charlie’s second suicide attempt she is rescued/abducted by two co-workers and taken to their kindly grandfather’s artist haven in New Mexico to recover. (Why not just have her die, and go to heaven where she can meet up with Ellis and do art? Oh, that IS what happens…)

Ultimately, “Girl in Pieces” falls short in that it offers no hope for teens that are struggling with anxiety or depression.

Glasgow’s story would be more powerful as a memoir, and for adults, without the fiction or romanticizing. Glasgow can write, but I found her message for teens worrisome.

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Murray_C
Mar 15, 2017

Utterly real, and utterly relatable, "Girl in Pieces" is a beautiful and devastating novel. Told in three parts, the story of Charlie will break your heart even as you continue to turn the pages, because you won't be able to walk away from this girl who is so sad and tragic but continues to tear herself apart. A must read for teens and adults alike.

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Posey_MayLove
Jan 04, 2017

I haven't really read a book like this before. I actually really enjoyed it, besides the tears. I can relate to Charlie the main character since I suffer from depression. This book has described the hardships of getting over lost and finding yourself.

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alyssa456
Oct 31, 2016

I had high hopes for this book. It had a eye-catching cover and it generally seemed interesting.

For most of the book, I was not a fan of Charlotte's character. At first I liked her, but as I continued reading, she seemed like a "Special Snowflake."

I'm surprised with all the positive reviews but I guess this wasn't my kind of book. Overall, it was an okay book but I wasn't satisfied with how it was written and I did not like the characters.

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trulyjennifer
Sep 22, 2016

My Rating: 5/5

Note: For some, this book may be considered a trigger. “Girl in Pieces” is a graphic description of self mutilation, loss, and pain. The narrative is told from the POV of the victim. I highly recommend this new book, but please be advised that it may not be for everyone. It is not an easy read, emotionally.

Summary: I usually write my own summaries for the books I blog about, but Amazon’s description for this new novel could not be better…

“Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people do 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.
A deeply moving portrait of a girl in a world that owes her nothing, and has taken so much, and the journey she undergoes to put herself back together. Kathleen Glasgow’s debut is heartbreakingly real and unflinchingly honest. It’s a story you won’t be able to look away from.” (Borrowed from Amazon)

My Thoughts: Wow! This book is brilliant! Kathleen Glasgow was able to reach into the depths of my heart and soul with her accurate descriptions of pain and loss. The poignant, raw emotional pain in this novel left me contemplative, well after the last page was read. The narrative, told from first person POV, is both captivating and emotive. I found this book to be a “page-burner”, keeping me up well past midnight.

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msp_pier
Sep 04, 2016

17 year old Charlotte has had a rough couple of years. she's been living on the streets, has lost her best friend, and she finds herself living in a home for girls who are "cutters."

this book is very heavy, about addiction, and self-harm, self-hatred.

it's depressing.

but i loved it. it was raw and real and you can't help but root for Charlotte to make it.


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