Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Review:Pieces of Us by Margie Gelbwasser

Pieces of Us [add to Goodreads]
by Margie Gelbwasser
Published by Flux
Date publication :March 8th 2012[tomorrow eep]
Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis:Two families. Four teens. A summer full of secrets. 

Every summer, hidden away in a lakeside community in upstate New York, four teens leave behind their old identities…and escape from their everyday lives. 
Yet back in Philadelphia during the school year, Alex cannot suppress his anger at his father (who killed himself), his mother (whom he blames for it), and the girls who give it up too easily. His younger brother, Kyle, is angry too—at his abusive brother, and at their mother who doesn’t seem to care. Meanwhile, in suburban New Jersey, Katie plays the role of Miss Perfect while trying to forget the nightmare that changed her life. But Julie, her younger sister, sees Katie only as everything she’s not. And their mother will never let Julie forget it. 
Up at the lake, they can be anything, anyone. Free. But then Katie’s secret gets out, forcing each of them to face reality—before it tears them to pieces.

My thoughts

Cover: The blue sky, the green field , the swing set in motion on a summer day got my attention like that when i first say it last year on a IMM of christi at the story siren.That scene has a huge and important part in this great and touching YA.

Book When i first say it on netgalley i flipped out[ok that’s overdoing it a bit,i was really exited] i requested.Crossing my fingers and toes. BUT i got declined,I requested it again and got declined for the second time.I finally got aprroved.Thank you Flux. I though"need to read this soon".My contanious effort was not for nought.

Before i start this review, this is dark.I was prepared for it but got schocked still.It was meant to be schoking

These teens are f*cked up.I can’t believe the parents did not see their kids were hurting inside.But he that reality .A lot of parents are to buzzy to see or sence whats happening.I have to ad there were great parental figures. The grandpa and ma’s.

Some parts of the synopsis are abit misleading. A summer full of secrets. The story takes place over two years and not one summer.Some people might find the pacing a bit dragging.But in mine opinion it was needed to tell the story

The writing was nice to read and flowed smoothly. In four different pov’s that of Katie,Alex,Julie and Kyle’s.I have not read a other book that's written in 2nd person that i can remember.I loved.Love different pov but their chapters were a bit short at times. That only irked me. Non the less i could connect with them all. I would glad to jump through the pages to comfurt them. Probably there reaction could be’’wtf , who are you’’ lol

All four teens had 360 turn around[for the better or worst] in my opinion and character growth.The katie,julie,kyle and alex i first met were different at the end.katie was a bitch and alex a @shole.But i got to care for them.A huge plus.Kyle and Julie doubted themselves a lot but that changed[i gotta try to doubt myself]I felt connected to Kyle a lot and saw a couple of things of me in him[YA SAVES].I can say the secret that’s come to light liffted and helped with a lot of hurt and pain.And eventually a more grounded love for all of them to each other and close people around them

If you love dark topics , no let me rephrase that like reading about dark topics in contemporary YA.This not a light read.Kinda dark is an understamend.I recently read that book banners are trying to ban it of its language and real heart braking stuff teens encounter.Give it a try.I can't wait to read miss Gelbwasser other book, inconvenient.

thanks to Flux for approving my request of Pieces of Us

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  1. Wow this sounds really good. I have heard very little about this book but I definitely want to pick it up now. I enjoy a dark contemporary story every now and then. I love that you brought up YA Saves too! Great review!

    Traci @ The Reading Geek

  2. Oh wow! I think I've only ever read one book that was written in second before and it made it feel so different from everything else I've read that I couldn't help but think it was cool! That definitely makes me intrigued about this one, especially since I am sort of a dark-book kind of girl LOL! ;)

    Awesome review, Roro! I'm glad that you finally got approved for this and loved it! :)

  3. Looks like drama.
    I hate drama. Although I'd still read this given the chance

  4. This looks good..i tend to steer away from "real life drama"..since reading is an escape for me. Great review Roro.

  5. My dear! I never ever heard about this book before!
    OMG! a very dark topic in this book? Im totally in! this is SO my type of Contemporary! OMG! I cant believe I never saw this book around! O_O
    excellent review my sweet!!! Im adding it to my list asap!!!!!!!!!

  6. I really love when I can connect with the characters no matter their personalities. I do really enjoy dark stuff so I think this is up my alley. Glad you liked it so much! Hope to read it soon.

  7. Great review roro this sounds very dramatic for sure.

  8. I always enjoy dark elements to a story. ;) Nice review!

  9. Oh, you make me SO curious! I love dark reads and this one has me super intrigued. I'm gonna have to add it to my to-read pile!

  10. Hey Roro, first time visitor. Great to meet you. Thanks for the review. I don;t read much dark stuff. It has to have awesome character arc and redeeming value for me to read it. Dark for the sake of dark doesn;t work for me. But if these are trials and tribulations the characters go through and become stronger because of them, then I do like that.

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  12. Themes this dark is out of my comfort zone... probably give it a pass... thanks for sharing your views!

  13. Hi Roro. This is a great review. I am super curious to see what the dark topics are about. I know these are often difficult to read but necessary. I am glad you were persistant with NG. Feel free to send me your Frankenstein review. happy to help!

  14. I also have this from NetGalley. I can't wait to finally read it, especially after your review! Hoping I can get to it soon :) Thanks for the awesome review!

  15. Wow, this sounds pretty dark, Roro--it's good to hear it's worth reading, though. Glad you enjoyed.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  16. Great review. This one sounds awesome even though it is a bit dark. I will have to check it out!

  17. Awesome review, Roro! This sounds like one I'd enjoy. As strange as it sounds, I love dark contemporary. :D Thanks for the review, this book is definitely on my wish list! :)

  18. Dark, well too dark and I get so sad and angry :/ As for banning, YA needs dark topics and they should be read. Idiots who ban books, arghh, idiots

  19. This sounds like an engaging read. Thank you for the great review. :)

    Hearing a book might be banned is disturbing. Everyone should have the freedom to write (and read) what they wish. If it isn't someones cup of tea, they don't have to drink it.

  20. I have seen this one, but I didn't know much about it before I read your review. It sounds dark and interesting. I think you wrote a very clear review- which I like. It is good to know that a book might not be fast paced, but it is still great before I start reading it.


  21. Eeep! I don't think I'm brave enough to tackle this book. Thanks for sharing!

  22. :) I can't wait for my exam to be over, so I can read it!! :) Great review Roro!! And I too, love immensely the cover :) I would put it on my wall if I could :P :) <3



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