Summary: There was something about Ellie… Something dangerous. Charismatic. Broken. Jake looked out for her. Sarah followed her lead. And Jess kept her distance, and kept watch.
Now Ellie’s dead, and Jake, Sarah, and Jess are left to pick up the pieces. All they have are 34 clues she left behind. 34 strips of paper hidden in a box beneath her bed. 34 secrets of a brief and painful life.
Jake, Sarah, and Jess all feel responsible for what happened to Ellie, and all three have secrets of their own. As they begin to confront the darkest truths about themselves, they will also find out what Ellie herself had been hiding all along….
My Thoughts: 34 Pieces of You is a heavy book with a lot of hot-button issues: cutting, drinking, drug use, sex – to name a few. I would name more, but it might give something away. So far as what Ellie had been hiding all along, I think I got it but I’m not entirely sure. It’s never outright stated, just talked around. I have seen this compared to Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, but I haven’t yet read that one so can’t make comments one way or the other on that.
This book actually reminded me a bit of Scars by Cheryl Rainfield. The tone is similar, and there are some similar themes, too. If you enjoyed Scars, you’ll get into this one too – and vice versa.
The reading was fast, despite the weight and darkness of the book. I was pulled in right away, and felt compelled to keep going. I am not sure I’d say it’s very rewarding, though. We never fully get definite answers about much of anything in regards to Ellie. I found that to be a bit of a letdown. But, it’s not all dark, as it ends on a hopeful note. This adds a theme of redemption and healing, which keeps the reader from closing the book with a heavy heart.
Source: Received through Around the World Tours for review.
Read It: 34 Pieces of You is scheduled for release on September 4, 2012. You can pre-order your own copy HERE. (This is a Book Depository link, and purchase through this link will result in my receiving a small commission at no cost to you. Your support is appreciated!)
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