This is a surprising story about a young girl named Rebecca and the importance of self-love and acceptance. I suggest you keep it on your radar if you love witty and emotional journeys.
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 . . .
How does the book stack up?
This book took me a little while to get into but once I was in, it took me completely by surprise. I absolutely adored the characters, the storyline and the way the author manages to so simply tug at your heartstrings in a completely unique and witty way. Pieces of You follows young Rebecca as she tries to adapt to life in a new town. Of course along the way she meets some interesting characters, but none of them are as wonderful as Cory.
I was really on Rebecca’s side from the outset and was rooting for her to get her happy ending. I can see how some people might find her a little annoying as a main character, but I think if you give yourself over to her journey, you really will enjoy this book all the more for it. One thing I will note however is I think it would’ve served both Rebecca and Cory a little more if they had some further character development. There are just a few things here and there that it would’ve been great to explore for just a few more pages.
All-in-all thought, I really enjoyed this book for a number of reasons, but one of the main ones was the way Merriman dealt with sensitive mental health issues and looked at topics such as self-harm. I never once felt that she was trying to make light of the issues or portray herself as overly confident in her descriptions, she simply did a fantastic job of placing young characters into a world where these challenges are a part of their realities. It really was phenomenally done.
A quick read, this is one you want to keep on your radar.
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Written by Monique Renee
Usually barefoot and deep in wanderlust mode, Mon loves binging Netflix, cuddling babies and stalking through Instagram looking for boho decor inspo and hotties with man buns. You’ll usually find her on holiday, planning a holiday or thinking about holidays.
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