Monday, March 3, 2014

34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues

Release Date: September 4th, 2012

Simon Pulse

Author Info: Goodreads, Website, Twitter

Age Group: Young Adult

Pages: 325 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 3 1/2 stars

There was something about Ellie... Something dangerous. Charismatic. Broken. Jake looked out for her. Sarah followed her lead. And Jess kept her distance, and kept watch.

Now Ellie’s dead, and Jake, Sarah, and Jess are left to pick up the pieces. All they have are 34 clues she left behind. 34 strips of paper hidden in a box beneath her bed. 34 secrets of a brief and painful life.

Jake, Sarah, and Jess all feel responsible for what happened to Ellie, and all three have secrets of their own. As they begin to confront the darkest truths about themselves, they will also find out what Ellie herself had been hiding all along...

When Ellie died she left a mess behind her. Her best friend Sarah, who was with her when she overdosed, is a complete mess. She doesn't leave the house, she barely speaks to anyone & she doesn't want to live anymore.  She feels guilty about what happened that night but she also wonders about some of the secrets that Ellie had been keeping...

Jess, Sarah's little sister, is unable to truly show how much she misses Ellie because no one knows how close the two of them had started to get before Ellie died. No one knows that Jess was really starting to fall for Ellie. Jake, Ellie's older brother, always promised he would be there for her but when she really needed him the most he wasn't around. He carries that guilt with him, along with several other secrets. He can't even bring himself to talk to Sarah, who he has always had feelings for.

This book was not what I was expecting. It was told from three perspectives: Sarah, Jess, & Jake. I felt that the writing was very well done, with good transitions from person to person. I was surprised by how dark this book was, but it was necessary in order to be realistic & address so many issues. I really enjoyed this book & I'd definitely recommend it, but be prepared, its not a light read. 

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