Girl in Pieces 

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow 


Genre: YA Fiction

When I say sadness  what I really mean is: black hole inside of me filled with nails and rocks and broken glass and the words I don’t have anymore.'”

Trigger warning: Self Harm, Suicide, Drug usage

I picked this one off of a list. With Thirteen Reasons Why trending, I’m gonna say this was really worth the read and worth all the pain and sadness. It was tragic and sad but had a happy ending. 

Charlie starts off the book in a hospital, recovering from a recent suicide attempt. She has select mutism and is thouroughly broken apart. They release her early due to financial issues and she decides to go to Arizona with a friend who offered her a place to stay. (She was coming off homelessness). Upon arriving, she finds a job and at this job meets washed up Rockstar Riley. Then she makes some choices that go very downhill very fast. 

This book was definitely hard to read with my depression but I’m glad that I did. The author has personal experience with the issues talked about in the book and she provided a resource page for teens in need and suicide awareness. 

I highly recommend this book but I included a trigger warning for a reason.


This Song Will Save Your Life

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales


18/Clearly not 40 THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: YA Fiction


This was a book that kinda sat in the middle for me. I wanted to like it, it had a good plot but I couldn’t help but find it a bit lacking.

Elsie-named after a Cure Song- is a nobody. No friends. No future. No plan. Etc. She starts off her freshman year trying to fit in. Unsuccessfully which results in a botched suicide attempt. She didn’t actually want to die but she kinda sorta did. She walks at night and comes across a nightclub that plays punk dance music and becomes enamored with the act of DJ’ing. And the DJ himself. She finds herself in music.

This had SO MUCH potential but fell short for me. It seemed too simply written with little to no heart. Elsie had so much room for character development but I found her a tad stuck up and whiny. Yes, she pretty much sums up what an introvert is but spent alot of time wanting normalcy. I wanted to bang my head into a wall over it. I like the fact that music can be seen as a way of coping. I just felt the author could have done better.

So it was okay. Potential but falls short. I understand music to help the soul but the author did a poor job of making that connection. What could have been beautiful simply didn’t add up.