August SST: Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow Review + Giveaway

Sunday Street Team

 

Welcome to the Sunday Street Team! I received an eARC of this book in exchange for a honest review. This book was dark, but so amazing. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.

 


Girl in PiecesTitle:
Girl in Pieces
Author: Kathleen Glasgow
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication date:
August 30, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

 

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

 


 

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I was beyond excited to read this book for the Sunday Street Team. I think more people should tell darker stories, because they exist in our world. This was an amazing book. The writing was heartbreakingly beautiful. I received a copy from Netgalley to review, and ended up giving this book 5 out of 5 stars.

 

As soon as I picked up this book, I pretty much didn’t want to put it down…except to take some breaks when my heart felt like it had cracked open in my chest. The book wasn’t all darkness, but it definitely wasn’t a happy book. Which is fine with me, because life isn’t sunshine and daisies 24/7. Charlie’s story, and even a lot of the secondary characters stories, will resonate with a lot of people.

 

I absolutely loved Charlie’s character. She seemed so real. My heart ached for her, and the people surrounding her, that have to deal with inner and outer demons. I really liked a lot of the female characters in this book, but barely any of the male characters–except a couple. A lot of the guys were jackasses. Charlie goes through so much in this book, and by the end, I’m glad she has people she can turn to, people she can rely on.

 

Honestly, I think everyone should read this book. It reminds you that sometimes bad things–overwhelming things–happen. But with some supportive friends, you can embrace life to its fullest. One of my favorite things about this book is that you can feel the raw pain and emotion. Kathleen wasn’t scared to show the downs of life, to show how the tornado building inside you can lash out at any moment.

 

I made notes of some gorgeous lines while reading: “We all have our Kiefer stages, when we want to destroy ourselves in order to create. To see if that’s beautiful, too.” and “I say the wrong thing, if I can bring myself to say anything at all. I’ve always felt like an intrusion, a giant blob of wrong.” and “I’m so unwhole. I don’t know where all the pieces of me are, how to fit them together, how to make them stick. Or if I even can.”

 

Final note: An amazing book. It’s definitely dark, but it has an optimistic ending. I’m so glad I read this book. As soon as I finished reading, I bought myself a copy for my personal collection. I’d highly recommend this one.

 

If you or someone you know is struggling and needs help, please consider contacting:
Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
To Write Love on Her Arms: https://twloha.com/find-help/local-resources/
National Runaway Hotline: 1-800-621-4000

 

5 stars

 


 

about the author

 

Kathleen Glasgow lives in Tucson, Arizona. She writes for the radio show The Writer’s Almanac and can probably provide you with some interesting anecdotes about historical literary figures if you asked nicely. You can find out more about Kathleen by following her on Twitter: @kathglasgow, Instagram, @misskathleenglasgow (where she posts about sunsets, depression, spirit circles, and books) or her website: kathleenglasgowbooks.com.

 


 

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Hey there, booklovers!

 

I’m author Melissa Landers, and I’m thrilled to announce the release of UNITED, the final book in the Alienated trilogy. Our star-crossed lovers Aelyx and Cara have overcome some heavy obstacles to be together—riotous mobs, alien hybrids, and worst of all, high school on two planets. Now to stay together they’ll have to unite their people against a common enemy, a threat more deadly than they ever imagined. (NBD, right?) I’ve written an ending to this trilogy that makes my heart happy, and I hope you’ll love the conclusion as much as I do!

 

What do reviewers have to say about the series?

“The author’s storyline is out of this world.” –VOYA on Alienated

“The unusual plot and world building are ingenious.” –Library Media Connection on Alienated

“If [the third novel] is as entertaining as this tale, it can’t come soon enough.” –Kirkus Reviews on Invaded

“A fun genre-blending series that will only gain traction as it continues.” –Booklist on Invaded

 

If you love hot aliens, snarky humans, and wild sci-fi adventure, make sure to pick up a copy of UNITED today. It’s now available in stores and online.

 

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Best of luck, and happy reading!

 

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Landers-smallMelissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.” For more information or just to say hello, visit www.melissa-landers.com.

 

August 2016 TBR

Last month I read 2 of the books I listed for my July TBR. I was focused on editing a manuscript and therefore didn’t have time to read much. I like having a big TBR pile to choose from, so I’m going to keep doing this for a while. Here’s my tentative August TBR list. Obviously I won’t get to all these books this month. So like usual, whatever I don’t get to, I’ll push to the next month like I did with last month’s TBR. My two longer readathon/reading challenges for the summer (Virtual Adult Summer Reading Program and the Summer TBR Wipeout) run through all/part of August, respectively. Finally, there’s also the 4th Annual ARC August challenge. Therefore I’m hoping to focus mostly on ARCs this month, so I can get my Netgalley ratio up.

 

To read:

A Shadow Bright and Burning Girl in Pieces A Song to Take the World Apart The Star-Touched Queen And I Darken The Art of Not Breathing Did I Mention I Need You You Were Here The Art of Being Normal The Darkest Lie Up to This Pointe This Song Is (Not) for You Status Update Beta Test Enter Title Here Suffer Love Summer of Supernovas The Square Root of Summer The Inside of Out Wild Swans Just a Girl Calling It Undecided Ink and Bone Paper and Fire I Crawl Through It Passenger Now and Again Wrecked Learning to Swear in America South of Sunshine Tone Deaf First & Then Dreamstrider Anything Could Happen Vengeance Road Play On Thicker Than Water Soundless The Darkest Corners

 

Have you read any of these books? Which ones should I move to the top of my TBR list?

Monthly Wrap-Up – July 2016

I read only 2 books this past month, and I’m at 96 books read so far this year. The reason I barely read anything in July was because I’m editing a manuscript to enter into a writing contest. I really want to excel with all my yearly reading challenges. Each challenge title is linked to that specific Goodreads shelf, so you can see at a quick glance what my ratings for each book were.
 

A Series A Month Reading Challenge – 6 (+ 3 extra)/12 series read

 

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge – 58/11-15 books read

Run Signs of You

 

#RockMyTBR Reading Challenge – 41 books read

 

Backlist Books Reading Challenge – 51 books read

 

Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge – 30/30 books read

 

It’s New to Me Series Starter Reading Challenge – 14/11-12+ series started

 

Read Tamora Pierce Reading Challenge – 0/8 books read

 

Debut Author Reading Challenge – 15/12-20 books read

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New To You Reading Challenge – 53/25 books read

Run Signs of You

 

Prequel & Sequel Reading Challenge – 133/51-75 points

 

EBook Reading Challenge (eARCs count) – 21/10 eBooks read

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Pick Your Genre Reading Challenge

Contemporary – 65/25 books read

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Fantasy – 30/25 books read

 

Finishing The Series Reading Challenge – 14/7+ series finished

 

I Love Libraries Reading Challenge – 44/18 books read

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Harry Potter (Re)Read Reading Challenge – 4/7 books read

 

Diverse Reads Reading Challenge – 26 books read

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I’m still doing the weekly memes Top Ten Tuesday, Waiting on Wednesday, and Stacking the Shelves. I also started a new weekly meme on my blog called Loved That, Read This, which is all about book recommendations.