Review: 5 out of 5 stars for Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

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5 out of 5 stars for Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

“The security guard who found me was bathed in menthol cigarettes and the flat stink of machine coffee.  There was a curly forest of white hair inside his nostrils.  He said, “Holy girlMother of God, girl, what’s been done to you?” My mother didn’t come to claim me.  But I remember the stars that night.  They were like salt against the sky, like someone spilled the shaker against very dark cloth.  That mattered to me. Their accidental beauty. The last thing I thought I might see before I died on the cold, wet grass.”
That is part of the first page of the book Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow.  If that doesn’t want to keep you reading, I don’t know what will.  I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! This book was hauntingly beautiful from page 1 to page 400.  In fact, this book was so good that I am afraid this review will not do it justice.
 Charlotte who goes by Charlie is a seventeen year old girl who has had a rough start.  She has seen and experienced a lot of bad stuff in her short life and the only way she feels she can escape from that pain is to create a different sort of pain through cutting herself.  Charlie ends up in a group psychiatric hospital ward where she finally feels safe from the people she was hiding from.  There are some interesting nurses, doctors and patients she interacts with that help her realize that she is worth saving.  When she is discharged, Charlie moves from Minnesota to Arizona to start a new life but when she gets there it is not as easy as she thought to stay away from old habits.  Charlie meets Riley West, a musician , fighting his own demons.  They hit it off right away because of their shared painful pasts.  However, Charlie realizes that maybe becoming Riley’s friend isn’t the best thing for her recovery.
The author weaves Charlie’s story together beautifully through out the book.  We get bits and pieces of her past to help us understand her hurt and anxiety.  The descriptions of Charlie’s struggles are sometimes so heartbreaking it is hard to read. For example, “When the door closes, I turn off all the lights and curl up in the bathtub in a very tight ball.  I imagine myself inside an egg, a metal egg, impenetrable, locked on the outside, ANYTHING to keep myself from crawling to my kit…” (Charlie’s kit contains glass to cut herself with).   Though it may seem Charlie is weak, she is actually a very strong character.  She is only 17 throughout most of the book and has to survive on her own in a strange city.  Charlie works hard to transform herself and to try and put the pieces of her life back together.
Working with teens everyday, I know cutting is a problem. It is called NSSI (Non-Suicidal Self-Injury).  It can be triggered by a variety of reasons, stress, anxiety, bullying, abuse, feelings of worthlessness.
does an amazing job showing us how sad and lonely self-harming can be.  The author writes from her own experience which she talks about at the end of the book.  Ms. Glasgow says, “Self-harm is not a grab for attention. It doesn’t mean you are suicidal.  It means you are struggling to get out of a very dangerous mess in your mind and heart and this is your coping mechanism.  It means that you occupy a small space in the very real and very large canyon of people who suffer from depression and mental illness.”
This book will be released August 30, 2016. I received an advanced ebook copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I just started reading Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin.  I am about half done and really enjoying it so far.

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2 thoughts on “Review: 5 out of 5 stars for Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

  1. La La in the Library says:

    Oh my, I must have Girl In Pieces! I went to Netgally and requested, Random House usually doesn’t do second rounds of approvals, so I am not going to get my hopes up. I am sure it will go on ebook special at some point in time, or I can look for it at the library if all else fails. This was a FABULOUS review! Brava! I love the author’s writing style. Thanks for TMTing. I really appreciate it. 😀

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