Author: Eileen Merriman
Series Number: 1
Publication Date: May 29, 2017
Genres: YA Contemporary
Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Penguin NZ in exchange for a honest review.
Wise, tough, heart-breaking, funny, this compulsive love story is about facing your demons.
Fifteen-year-old Rebecca McQuilten moves with her parents to a new city. Lonely but trying to fit in, she goes to a party, but that’s when things really fall apart.
I couldn’t tell anyone what had happened. Especially since I was the new girl in town. Who would want to believe me?
Things look up when she meets gregarious sixteen-year-old Cory Marshall.
‘You’re funny, Becs,’ Cory said.
‘You have no idea,’ I said, and clearly he didn’t, but I was smiling anyway.
And after that, he was all I could think about.
Cory helps Rebecca believe in herself and piece her life back together; but that’s before he shatters it all over again . . .
i actually get so excited when i read a book set in new zealand or written by a kiwi author. these things aren’t very easy to find.
i was super excited when pieces of you arrived. it came with a bunch of little promotional gifts, which was the cutest thing ever. the items related to the book in different ways – it was really creative! i didn’t request this book, and a friends review made me a little less excited to read this book, but i’m so glad i did.
i didn’t like the book or the characters at first. it took a bit to grow on me. by the end of it, i still didn’t like the characters that much, but i loved the plot and writing style. i loved the fact that pieces of you was set in new zealand?????!?!?!?! can you believe?!
okay. so pieces of you tackles some pretty serious issues. there should definitely be trigger warnings for self harm, rape and (possibly?) suicide. these are in no way spoilers. i found certain parts difficult to read and i probably would’ve dnf’d it had i not been reading it so quickly.
i thought it was very interesting being in rebecca’s mind. there were times when she annoyed me, but overall i quite enjoyed her as a protagonist. i wish she had more character development. she didn’t change much from start to end.
i think the biggest character change was cory. in saying that, i’m still confused as to what happened/why towards the end. either i was reading it too fast and missed important details, or it wasn’t properly explained in the first place.
the ending has a huge twist that i didn’t see coming. honestly, it was such a surprise i thought it was a joke at first. i can’t believe.
i rated pieces of you 4 stars, although it kinda falls in the 3 – 4 star mark. i can’t quite decide. it’s definitely a good book and well worth the read.