Girl in Pieces

Girl in Pieces

eBook - 2016
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As she struggles to recover and survive, seventeen-year-old homeless Charlotte "Charlie" Davis cuts herself to dull the pain of abandonment and abuse.
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, [2016]
ISBN: 9781101934722
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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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.

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.

Jan 28, 2019

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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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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sjpl_rebekah Aug 26, 2019

Other: Graphic Self-Harm

Oct 31, 2016

Sexual Content: Characters will have sex with each other (not in full detail)

Oct 31, 2016

Violence: There are depictions of violence in this novel.

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Coarse Language: The main character has a foul mouth.


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Sep 22, 2016

“Because when everything is said and done, Charlotte, the world runs on kindness. It simply has to, or we’d never be able to bear ourselves.”

“Everyone has that moment, I think, the moment when something so…momentous happens that it rips your very being into small pieces. And then you have to stop. For a long time, you gather your pieces. And it takes such a very long time, not to fit them back together, but to assemble them in a new way, not necessarily a better way. More, a way you can live with until you know for certain that this piece should go there, and that one there.“


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