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Torn to Pieces

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  402 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD ANNE ALWAYS thought her mother was kind of quirky. In fact, her mom’s taste in 70s-esque furniture and mysterious frequent business trips were just the tip of the quirky iceberg. When her
mom doesn’t come home on time from one of her long jaunts, Anne isn’t too surprised. But when a day late turns into a few days late, Anne knows something is very wrong.

ebook, 272 pages
Published September 9th 2008 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Georgina Lacayo
What a book.
This is the kind of books that make me feel all of the emotions that the characters felt throughout the chapters.
Sometimes I got startled from my own gasps.
And the plot, oh my, it's a plot you'd ceratainly find in tv shows, or at least that's what I wish it became. And really, it's not even that long, but it's the way it unfolds smoothly, not in any way confusing you, not for long intervals, and how it keeps you craving the words, making you want to try and guess who, what, why. Thi
John Clark
May 24, 2012 John Clark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Torn to Pieces by Margot McDonnell, is one of those YA books that blends plot twist after plot twist in a most skilled way. As each one reaches a solution, the answer builds your anticipation as well as the suspense. 17 year old Anne is used to her mother's quirky and unpredictable ways. Mom is often absent, supposedly off on an assignment, interviewing someone famous so she can do their biography. Anne, her mom and her grandparents who live down the street, have also moved numerous times, even ...more
Savannah Nelson
Dec 08, 2014 Savannah Nelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Torn to Pieces is a very good book because I love mystery, and it is full of it. I think everyones' parents keep things from their children to either protect them, or maybe they are scared of how their child will handle it. I would reccomend this book to girls and boys who like mystery because you are constently trying to figure out what is going to happen next. There is a lot of foreshadowing in this book. Every once in a while it gives you a piece of a letter written by Penny Cadwell to her da ...more
Oct 27, 2012 7706anjali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Torn To Pieces" was a REALLY well written realistic fiction book. There were so many twists in the story line, that it made it hard for me to put the book down! "Torn To Pieces" was about a girl, Anne, who was used to her mother being away on business trips. But when her mother is a few days late coming home, and misses Anne's birthday, which she has never done before, and misses Thanksgiving which is also unusual, Anne knows her mother must be in some sort of trouble.
In "Torn to Pieces", Anne
Oct 30, 2015 Fatima rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Torn to pieces
By:Margot McDonnell
Torn to pieces by Margot McDonnell, is about a girl named Annie. She thinks that her mom travels around the world and writes articles of situations and people. Then one day she doesn't come home and she said she'd come back in 3 days, and it had already been 3 weeks. Annie also meets a new guy named Tel who she had feelings for and liked. She met another guy who she invited to stay over while her mom was away in the guest room. After a time goes by something occ
Sara A
Oct 23, 2015 Sara A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book I recently finished is Torn to Pieces by Margot McDonnell, it is a suspenseful novel to keep you turning the pages. In the beginning it was boring but as i continued more and more secrets unraveled and the more and more interesting it got. I really enjoyed this book especially becuase it had a new twist with every page you turned.

Torn to pieces is about a 17 year old girl Anne who lives with her mom who is out traveling most the time due to her job, the only other family she has are he
Kat O'B
The book jacket teaser describes a mystery/thriller in which Anne, a 17 y/o girl, makes shocking discoveries about her mother's true identity after her mother disappears. This book has a little bit of everything, including false identities, federal agents, double-crossing lawyers, hidden money, threatening criminals, robbery...all the way to the new boys at school, teen romantic interests, best friends, and school assignments. Overall an interesting read, but I found some of the plot elements un ...more
Mar 06, 2014 Mis'tija rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel grabbed my attention for the very beginning. Torn To Pieces is about a young lady named Maryann. She is a senior in high school at the age of 17. She is also in the school band, she plays in the brass section. Her mother is always off on business trips so shes not back for a day or two. this causes Anne to be home alone and take care of herself. She is a very independent scholar when it comes to this. However one day changed her whole life. Her mother went on a business trip and never ...more
Kayla Grant
Jun 05, 2014 Kayla Grant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a puzzling book because of the life the character lived and her confusing family.
Anne's mother is not a stay at home mom, she is rather the opposite. Her mom is never at home and always away on business. Anne starts to worry when she her mother doesn't arrive home on time and she is not picking up her phone. A threatening man leaves voice mails on the phone for a mysterious woman. After explaining the disaster to her grandparents, they give her an envelope with the details she nee
Kaylee Collins
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Mar 05, 2009 Marilyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 9th grade and up, particularly girls
The writing was a little choppy for me and the story line sort of confusing. I don't read many thrillers but this one didn't really get exciting until over half way through the book. I can't really seeing a teen sticking with it. I'll recommend it to teens who like Caroline Cooney. Some drug use (pot) and underage drinking.
Jul 12, 2014 Justine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

I grabbed this book originally because I thought this cover was amazing. The book synopsis is also very intriguing and made me want to read this book even more. Torn to Pieces was a mystery in a mystery mixed in with a bit of thriller. I did like the idea of this novel but it just felt like it was a bit slow throughout. Also I wasn't sure how "realistic" these events would be, saying that I know that this is a fictional novel lol.
The characters in this book were okay. I think Anne's mom
Canadian Reader
Competently written and ultimately forgettable. Misnamed book. No one is really torn to pieces in the book and the book lacks any kind of emotional resonance.
May 13, 2009 Sydney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine that one day your mom said she was going on a business trip for three days and didn't come back for almost three months. Wouldn't you worry about where your mom was and when she would be coming back home? Wouldn't you even start to think that something wrong may have happened to her? This is how Anne felt when her mom suddenly disappeared on one of her business trips. One day late from the scheduled time her mom was suppose to come home turned into several weeks. She knew something was ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Anne is a 17-year-old girl who lives with her quirky mother. Ever since Anne was little, she and her mother (and her grandparents) would move around every once in a while. Anne's mom is a writer so she does a lot of traveling, and Anne is by herself. She often stays with her grandparents just down the street, because it's creepy being alone in that big house.

Anne has always found her mother to be a bit strange by the furniture that she buys and the long
Apr 08, 2011 Sesana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne's mother is odd, and she knows this. Their life has always been strange, with her mother running off with little or no warning to do her job. Anne has always been told that her mother is a writer, and she believes it. And I'll give Anne this much credit: it makes sense that she would. Too often, a plot like this will drop anvil-sized hints that something is amiss. There are no anvils here. The hints that Anne's life is not all that it seems are just that, hints, and ones that would be so ea ...more
Liberty Abbott-Sylvester
Jun 30, 2009 Liberty Abbott-Sylvester rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
This book had me hooked the very first chapter. The writing is great. The characters are charming. The plot was one that kept me guessing and I really enjoyed it. Its a YA book, a quick read, and quite enjoyable!

Anne has the perfect life...that is if her mother, Penny, would ever stay home. Penny, a ghost writer, does nothing but travel. She's always gone for days, never telling Anne any details. But one day, Penny doesn't come home. Anne begins a search that will turn her world upside down and
I haven't read a teen thriller in awhile, so I wasn't sure what to expect. This book was OK, but I didn't love it. However, I think reluctant adolescent readers will find it interesting and satisfying. There are many, many plot twists (which is probably which turned me off to the book -- it got less and less believable), there's a little bit of romance, and really interesting characters. It's easy to get hooked on this one, so I'll keep it in mind for kids who think books are boring. It's defini ...more
The cover and summary were what drew me to this book. However I feel that towards the end things got a little choppy and unrealistic. I also found myself a little frustrated at times with the character. Overall though I would recommend this book. It wasn't my favorite but it might be yours!
Dec 05, 2012 7706lily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Torn to Pieces is a wonderful realistic fiction book. The main character, Anne Cadwell, lives on a large estate with only her mother and cat, here grandparents live a few minutes down the road. Everything is normal for Anne, even though her mother is hardly home because of her travel schedule. Until one day her mother doesn't come home from the trip, and from there Anne finds out many things about herself, her mother, her friends and her grandparents. I really enjoyed this book because it made y ...more
Oct 27, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book because I am interested in dramatic and suspenseful novels, as soon as I read the blurb I was immeadiatley intrigued. Novels like this one never get boring and action is continuous from begginning to end. Yes, i loved it, normally i get sick and tired of reading the same book for a long period of time, but I was happy that i took the time to grasp every aspect of the novel. No, i cannot relate to the novel because my life is not nearly as dramatic as the characters in the novel ...more
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Wow, did this book have one too many twists and turns. Once you think you have an idea on what will happen, something happens in the story to make you question further on what's going on and want to read further into the book.
Apr 03, 2014 Madison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 06, 2015 G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!!! Such a great book. A real page turner that kept me interested and wanting to find out more. Very suspenseful and gripping.
May 13, 2014 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing. It's the fist thriller/mystery I've read in a very long time and now I can't wait to read more. :)
Teen Suspense. When Anne's writer mother doesn't come home she begins to suspect that all is not as it appears to be...including her own life. The best part of the book was the 70's house. This book will appeal to reluctant readers.
Dec 27, 2009 Raji rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adults
Recommended to Raji by: No one
Anne is an ordinary teenage girl who leads a perfect ordianry life, in her opinion anyways. Her mom is a great biography writer who travels the world 24/7. And Anne is left in a big stone house in the middle of Centerville finding new friends and trying to fit. But when her mother disappears, there is a robbery at the house, and her own friends betray her, Anne realizes something is terribly wrong. And soon the world she knows is torn apart from who is good and trustworthy to who is the traitor. ...more
Jan 23, 2016 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the ending was ok, maybe a little unbelievable, but i enjoyed the book.
Jaye mcgrane
a little slow at first, a little predictable towards the end. overall an ok read
Laura Gardner
Feb 06, 2009 Laura Gardner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, mystery, thriller
I must have read _The Face on the Milk Carton_ over five times as a teenager, so when I read a review that compared this book to that one, I knew I had to get it. Torn to Pieces is about a girl who thinks she knows her life, but really doesn't at all. Her mother isn't who she thinks she is, doesn't have the job she thinks she has and has secrets hidden all over their beautiful stone house. And once her mother goes missing, Anne has to put the pieces together and figure out who she can trust quic ...more
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Margot McDonnell is a former high school teacher and earned an MFA from Arizona State University. She lives in Phoenix.
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