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.
A deeply moving portrait of a teenage girl on the verge of losing herself and the journey she must take to survive in her own skin, Kathleen Glasgow’s debut is heartbreakingly real and unflinchingly honest. It’s a story you won’t be able to look away from.


This book blew me away. I have so many thoughts and feelings about this book that this review could go on forever if I wanted it to but to keep it short and sweet and spoiler free I will do my best not to keep you for too long.

The main character of this story Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Davis, was very different to a character that I have read before. When we first meet Charlie I immediately found her to be very raw in everything that came out of her mouth and that she had no filter. Charlie’s character development was phenomenal and I really enjoyed watching her mould into the character that she became at the end of the novel.

Kathleen also wove in many different sensitive topics to this book that I found to be very informed and real life and aren’t talked about much in books especially in YA. Kathleen talked about self harm in a way that made me feel more informed and more aware of some of the things that happen in society that I didn’t feel as informed about before I read this book. I also found it really interesting to be in Charlie’s head and to know how she felt as she was going through her self harm recovery.

I also really loved the character of Riley, yes he was very toxic and I know I shouldn’t have loved him as much as I did but I couldn’t help but have hope for him that maybe one day he would heal and accept himself for everything that he has done in his past.

Overall, Girl in Pieces was a beautifully woven masterpiece that I loved every second of. The writing was very raw and poetic and told the story of Charlie and some really unique side characters that I also grew to love. I do want to note that this book may have trigger warnings and if you don’t do well with self harm I would be a little wary going into this book but I can tell you that it is a beautiful book with a very touching story line. I would really recommend this to those that loved Jennifer Niven’s book All the Bright Places!




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