Friday 23 June 2017

Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow : Book Review

Title  :  Girl In Pieces

Author  :  Kathleen Glasgow

Format  :  Paperback

Length  :  412 Pages

Rating  :  ★ ★ ★ ★

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 broken glass 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.

First, I want to start off by saying I absolutely loved this book and would probably give it a 4.5 stars more so than 4. 

This book follows a girl named Charlotte who starts off in a ward for mental people. This book deals with mental health issues and has some graphic self harming scenes. It also deals with different types of addictions such as drug and alcohol. Charlie starts off mute within the book, but at this is written in first person you know what she's thinking and feeling. After the first couple of chapters Charlie begins to find her voice. She gets discharged and is back in the real world and so the story begins. 

I loved how you got to not only see parts of Charlie's present but learn her past throughout the novel by her having mini flashbacks etc. You get so involved with the characters you are learning about yet you've never even met them. All the characters within this book were so unique and different from each other with was great. I thought the story flowed well and each character was there for a specific reason no matter how big or small. 

This book also reminded me of a mixture between The Color Purple and Girl Interrupted. It was brutal yet so captivating I just couldn't get enough. I even read this in the car on the way to work for an hour which is a big thing for me considering I get car sick when I'm in the back of a car haha!

Anyway, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in mental health or in coming of age stories in general. It was definitely a winner for me. However I would not recommend if you have issues with self-harm or drug/alcohol addiction. 


  1. I love to read but to read something so personal and beautiful was just amazing. High praise for the author! x

    1. I completely agree. It was an amazing read. Glad you also enjoyed it!! x