20. August 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Nikki, Teen Books

Pieces of Us by Margie Gelbwasser, 327 pages, read by Nikki, on 08/16/2012

Four teenagers (two sets of siblings), Alex and Kyle, Katie and Julie, meet every summer in upstate New York to escape harsh realities and live a different care free life. Until one summer when everything changed.

This book was raw, emotional, aggravating, depressing and true. Typically not so happy ending books are not my think. Which is exactly what this one is, although at the end of the book it leaves you with some hope. The author definitely doesn’t sugar coat issues, such as depression, eating disorders, rape, bullying. Which is nice to read in small doses. The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the character Katie or Katya (her Russian name). I hated how she never stood up for herself, never said anything, I almost found that more disturbing than all the other issues going on in the book.

If you’re about to have kids in high school I would suggest reading this. People to often overlook issues that go on everyday in high school or teenagers lives. This book was all to true to what really can and does go on.

 

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