Girl in Pieces 

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow 
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2017

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.

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This is Where the World Ends 

This is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: YA Fiction

Miracles do not belong to fairy tales. Miracles belong to the desperate, because only the desperate believe in bullshit.

I’m still catching up. XD This was read on the way home. 

Janie and Micah are best friends. She was the girl who moved in next door and they hit it off right away. But nobody knew about it. In highschool, Micah wakes up in the hospital and Janie has gone missing and no one is willing to tell him anything past the fire at her house. And him being responsible for it. The story unfolds about a girl and a boy who are just trying to figure life out.

This book was short. And it was eh. But it did shed alot of light on rape and what is consensual sex. And of course it touches on teen suicide. For such a heavy handed novel, I found it lacking. It was written in preset tense Micah and past POV Janie. 

This is a sad one and not overly terrible. I do recommend it to fans of YA novels.

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All My Puny Sorrows 

All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Fiction

Trigger Warning: Suicide 

…about the days constantly coming around, over and over, the sun rises, the birds begin to sing, there is a moment of possibility, of excruciating hope, and then it is over, things darken, the day is simply another tease. There is no delivery from the torment of the days.

First and foremost, this is a book about the suicide of a loved one. When loving them, and asking them to hold on isn’t enough. 
Yolinda loves her sister, Elfridiea, dearly. Yoli and Elf. The train wreck and the anarchist prodigy piano player. Elf has attempted to take her life on several occasions because the depression plauges her and theatens to break the fragile glass piano inside of her. Yoli begs her, pleads, guilts her sister into trying to find the hope to live. And it wasn’t enough. 
This book was hard for me on many many levels. Emotionally draining, I had to take several breaks and did cry during many points of the story. The only issue I had was the lack of conversational quotations. I understand why the author didn’t use them, but it was a bit confunding in parts where everything sounded a bit rambly. But, as you know, art. It was done in first person so it was much like Yoli was having inner turmoil through the whole book.
This book was beautiful and heart wrenching. Which is why I included the trigger warning. I also called my sister to say I loved her.

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We Are Completely Beside Ourselves 

We Are Completely Beside Ourselves By Karen Joy Fowler
☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Fiction 

This one took me a couple days to get through. 
It wasn’t a bad book by any means. It was artsy in the sense that the author started in the middle, went to the begining and then ended with the end. It was a bit heart wrenching in spots, and some parts I had to walk away from. 
Rosemary never talks about her childhood. Not about her missing brother who sends post cards every so often, nor about Fern, the sister she suddenly loses when she was 5. (And not through death.) This is a chilling tale about the psychology behind thinking and the author took it upon herself to make it into a vendetta for animal welfare, with the tones heavily leaning towards PETA. 
I could have done without the dead kittens bit. 
This book was interesting and thought provocing, but if you do intend to read it, keep in mind that it does expose alot about animal welfare and their past use as lab animals. I shouldn’t have finished this one, but I wanted the happy ending. (Which SPOILER: there is one.)

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The Cat

The Cat by Edeet Ravel

☆☆☆☆☆/5
Genre: Fiction
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Trigger Warning: Grief/Death/Depression/Suicide

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But there are no rewrites in life. No matter how implausible and unlikely an event, there is no rewriting it.

Single mom Elsie takes her son to the shelter to adopt a cat. They pick Pursie (short for Persephone) and take her home. 5 years later, her son is accidently killed in their front yard by a driver under the influence and Elsie is forced to stay alive. For Pursie.

This book was about the madness and depression that comes with the passing of a loved one. Elsie was tormented, broken, suicidal and only managed to hold on because she needed to care for her sons beloved cat  (who was quite the character.) Over the course of the story, you see her begin to pull through and to be ‘okay’.

I did all right. I don’t know what’s worse, feeling deranged or doing all right. For there’s something ruthless about doing all right.

You see her begin to try and to take note and attempt to get better. She faces this journey alone and at the end reaches out to people.

This book struck a chord with me on a deep, emotional level. I have been in that dark and lonely place and the only thing keeping me grounded was my cats and their needs. No matter what, no matter how bad my brain was, they never went hungry or had dirty boxes. They are my rocks, as Pursie was for Elsie. She resented her for awhile because she wanted to join her son on the other side, but she realized having Pursie there saved her.

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(My cats continue to keep me grounded.)

I HIGHLY recommend this book. I thought it summed up depression and grief in a way that is highly relatable. The pain was very real and it shows that animals can be our shining light in the darkest of times.

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Wishful Drinking

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

☆☆☆☆/5
Genre: Memior
20/Clearly not 40 THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

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I do this because I find that I frequently feel better about myself when I discover we’re not alone, but there are in fact a number of people who ail as we do.

I picked this up because I’ve had it in my wishlist forever and I found it at the library the other day and I’m glad I read it.

Carrie Fisher is the result of Hollywood inbreeding and found her fame with the little franchise Star Wars, staring alongside little known actors Mark Hamilton and Harrison Ford. This is her memior about her addictions to opiates, alcohol and her journey of recovery and what it was like seeing your likeness on a PEZ dispenser. She goes into great detail about her manic depressive episodes and what it means for her to be bipolar.

Happy is one of the many things I’m likely to be over the course of the day and certainly over the course of a lifetime. But I think if you have the expectation that your going to be happy throughout your life- more to the point, if you need to be comfortable all the time- well, among other things, you have the makings of a classic drug addict or alcoholic.

And this one:

Mind expanders and pain killers. (Though over time and protracted use, their meanings got jumbled until they became mind relievers and pain expanders- a place where everything hurt and nothing made sense.)

I found this book funny (but a bit raunchy) and it was nice not to feel so alone. I myself experience dark depressive episodes and she made it fun. It read kinda like an AA speaker meeting and was just like someone telling their story. Yes, she went crazy. But she got better.

I highly recommend this book. 🙂

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