Book Review – Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

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Title: Girl in Pieces
Author: Kathleen Glasgow
Publish Date: August 30, 2016 by Delacorte Press
# of Pages: 416
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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(From Goodreads) 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.

Bookish Stats

I read Girl in Pieces in three days. I could have easily read it in a single sitting–it was that good.

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Rating (1-5, 5 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 5
Pace – 4
Plot Development – 5
Ending – 5
Characters – 5
Enjoyability – 5
Ease of Reading – 4

Overall Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow is a startling portrait of one girl’s journey through mental illness, self-harm, and her road to recovery.

You know those books that you read that you just know will stick with you for a while? This is one of them. Days later, and I’m still chewing on some of what I read. The images. The emotions. The hope through darkness. This book was fantastic in all the right ways.

The writing is impeccable. From the opening chapter, you find yourself sucked into Charlie’s world. Through mental illness and despair, you’re with her all the way as she tries to put the pieces of herself back together. I appreciated the rawness of the book–it’s not pretty or neat, and it doesn’t pretend to be.

The pacing of the book is perfect. I found myself quickly turning each page to find out what happens next.

Charlie’s story is a tough one to read. How far can a person fall and still be able to crawl back out? Charlie is adrift, alone, and desperate. You can’t help but want to wrap her in a hug as you’re reading the book. When Charlie meets Riley, I was instantly worried. I knew it would either be a blessing or a pitfall. The interactions between Charlie and Riley are some of the best in the book. The author captured the emotions of a complex relationship perfectly.

I loved the ending. It’s gritty, yet hopeful. It ends on a high note, but at the same time, it isn’t a fairytale ending. Not everything is going to be okay. Charlie still has a long way to go.

The characters are breathtakingly realistic. Charlie is so raw, so vulnerable. She bares it all–take it or leave it. Riley is a bit of a train wreck, but a beautiful train wreck, and I couldn’t help but find him a compelling character. The secondary characters are also wonderful–unique and beautifully written.

Have I convinced you to read this book yet? There are some self-harm triggers, but this was a powerful and intense read. I loved every minute of it. 



  • “‘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.'”

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