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Girl in Pieces Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Glasgow, Kathleen

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ISBN: 1101934743     ISBN-13: 9781101934746
Publisher: Ember
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: April 2018

Annotation: As she struggles to recover and survive, seventeen-year-old homeless Charlotte "Charlie" Davis cuts herself to dull the pain of abandonment and abuse.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Emotional problems; Fiction.
Survival; Fiction.
Cutting (Self-mutilation); Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2018052954
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 1.00" (0.76 lbs) 420 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 185981
Reading Level: 5.0   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 15.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q70200
Reading Level: 5.5   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 24.0
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Contributor Bio(s): Kathleen Glasgow's debut novel is the New York Times bestseller Girl in Pieces. She lives and writes in Tucson, Arizona. To learn more about Kathleen and her writing go to her website, kathleenglasgowbooks.com, follow @kathglasgow on Twitter, or find @misskathleenglasgow on Instagram.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Fall)
Seventeen-year-old Charlie Davis cuts herself in a desolate attempt to stave off the cataclysm of trauma and pain. Chronicled in chapters of varying length, Charlie's journey struggling with abuse, loss, homelessness, and self-harm is one that gets worse before it gets better. Along the way, her intense first-person narration can be disconcerting but reliably embroiling. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2016 June #1)

Nearly broken by a suicide attempt and a spate of personal losses, 17-year-old Charlotte "Charlie" Davis finds solace in the broken shards of a mason jar and, later, through art, in debut author Glasgow's visceral novel of self-harm. On the streets of the Twin Cities after her father died and her mother simply stopped caring, Charlie "cut all her words out heart was too full of them." Bandaged and silent, she ends up in a psych unit for self-harmers. Although Charlie sees herself in the other girls, it's her friend Ellis she craves the most. But the Ellis she knew is gone, stuck in the limbo of cutting deep enough to cause significant blood loss but not enough to die. When Charlie is discharged abruptly, she leaves for Tucson, following Mikey, a boy she liked but who always loved Ellis more. Glasgow skillfully juggles multiple difficult topics (homelessness, self-harm, etc.) without dipping into melodrama. Charlie's intimate first-person narration places readers deep within her experience while maintaining awareness of the outside world and the people in it. Ages 14–up. Agent: Julie Stevenson, Waxman Leavell Literary. (Aug.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 June)

Gr 10 Up—The story begins with 17-year-old Charlie in a mental health facility that specializes in the treatment of girls who have self-injury disorders. When Charlie is released prematurely because of a lack of insurance coverage, she must find her own way in a world she is unprepared to deal with. Readers follow her as she struggles to meet the challenges of survival and as she follows the path of least resistance. As her story unfolds, teens will discover that a lot of horrible things have happened to Charlie, including losing her best friend, father, and mother—all in different ways. She is a cutter, but she's also a lot of other things, too: artist, survivor, scammer, and waif. She's in such a deep, dark place, and it seems impossible she'll ever get out of it. This realistic fiction title is heartbreaking and thick with emotion, and the characters are fully formed and realistic. The book is written in short chapters and can feel a little choppy at times, but the narrative still captivates. It will keep young adults engaged and rooting for the main character throughout. VERDICT Purchase for avid fans of Jennifer Niven's All the Bright Places or Susanna Kaysen's Girl Interrupted.—Danielle Fabrizio, Swanton Public Library, VT

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