34 Pieces of You
There was something about Ellie... Something dangerous. Charismatic. Broken. Jake looked out for her. Sarah followed her lead. And Jess kept her distance, and kept watch.
Now Ellie’s dead, and Jake, Sarah, and Jess are left to pick up the pieces. All they have are 34 clues she left behind....more
This is like the dull version of Thirteen Reasons Why that lacks the gut-wrenching-ness that...more
Ellie is a girl on the edge. The type of girl that takes you out for the time of your life and brings you out of your shell. She also encourages you to make poor decisions and can cause you to lose yourself in the glare of her spotlight. She is an enigma, complicated and troubled. She is also now dead, due to a tragic night that is somewhat shrouded in mystery.
Through a series of cryptic clues, Ellie's friends try to put together the pieces of her life and d...more
Well, I typed up this very long review of 34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues and then I closed Microsoft Word, whoops. Devastated and what not. Which is kind of how I felt while reading 34 Pieces of You, ironically.
Because 34 Pieces of You is a brilliantly done book. The story is heartbreaking and touching in every possible way and the writing style itself is freaking beautiful and the way Carmen Rodrigues organized it...more
I still have a lot of unanswered questions, though. Hmm. Anyway, I liked this book. Read it if you are looking for something to wake you up and appreciate your life more. *shrugs* If you are al...more
The story is told through 3 alternating points of view, and I have to admit, I wasn’t a fan of this. Sometimes alternating POVs work, but 3 was just a little much, especially when it wa...more
34 Pieces of You is told from the points of view of three people directly in relation with Ellie, who dies because of a drug overdose, suicide or otherwise. Ellie's brother Jake, her best friend and neighbour, S...more
Quick & Dirty: A heart-wrenching tale about the ugly truth in a teen’s melancholy life.
Opening Sentence: It happened on a Saturday.
I wasn’t instantly attracted to 34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues when I first picked it up. There is something about the cover that turned me away. But after reading several pages, I was quickly enthralled by the story. Rodrigues writes an emotionally dark story, chilling and powerful to the core.
In 34 Pieces of...more
I think it was mostly because I didn't connect to any of the characters. Another thing I didn't like was all the different points of view. No one stood out as being particularly captivating and I didn't feel like I got to know enough about Ellie, the girl whose death wa...more
So many people said they read this book in just one sitting. I wasn't expecting that to be the case for me, what with all the homework and studying I should have been doing. But needing a break from Karl, Max and Emile I cracked open (well clicked open) Carmen Rodrigues' 34 Pieces of You and now here I am, a bit past midnight, emotionally drained.
There was not a single character in this story that I couldn't relate to in some way. The troubles they went through were real and some touche...more
Carmen Rodrigues pens a chilling dark and emotionally powerful novel, that will deeply move readers beyond the telling. Remincent of Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why, 34 Pieces of You is a haunting mystery of a young girl's fatal overdose. Ellie is an exceptionally intriguing and complex character. There seems to be a dark cloud surrounding her, revealing something very broken and dangerous. She's full of painful depression and the absence of any hope to act as a healing balm for her fractured s...more
Fun, right? :/
In fact, I would not have picked this book up at all if it weren’t for something I read on Goodreads. (I’ve tried to go back and find who said this with no luck, but...more
The story starts out being told by Jess. Jess is Sarah's younger sister. Sarah is Ellie's best friend. Ellie is a very torn up character. She is simply a mess! The story starts with Jess describing the "accident" that landed her sister in the hospital...more
It becomes clear early on that Ellie has...more
This book gives readers an all too real snapshot of just what happens when someone commits suicide.
Though the pain may be over for the person in question; the wounds and devastation left for family and friends of the lost loved one never ends.
In most cases, the people left behind are asking themselves and all who will listen one question.
"34 Pieces of You" will haunt all the secret places and darkest...more
I connected with all the characters. Ellie with all her badassedness. Her friends, her secret lesbian lover, and every part of the sadness that remained in the characters.
The whole 34 pieces was kind of confusing and I was disappointed that...more
Yes, I get that Ellie had an extremely hard life and went through things that no person should ever have to go...more
Ellie has secrets. Secrets she’s kept hidden from her best friend Sarah, her brother Jake, and Sarah’s sister Jessie. Secrets that may have contributed to the “accident” the night that Ellie died. Was she trying to commit suicide? Did Sarah realize what was going to happen and did she want to die as well? Could Jake have saved Ell...more
34 Pieces of You is, in a nutshell, Pretty Little Liars mixed with 13 Reasons Why mixed with Ellen Hopkins. I really can't place my finger on what exactly it is that this book brings to mind, but all three of those put together, really.
And I loved every second of it.
34 Pieces of You is primarily about a girl named Ellie. The novel focuses around her. And, oh yeah, she's dead. The book is told from thr...more
I never could connect with any of the characters. There was...more
The story opens with Jessie explaining the accident that happened with Ellie (her friend) & Sarah (her sister) and is told in the points of view of Jessie, Sarah, & Jake (Ellie's brother). All three feel responsible for what happened to Ellie. Carmen does a wonderful job of getting into the minds of the three main characters and expressing their feelings of love, loss, guilt...more
Also, I felt that the characters kept us at a distance. That may not bother some readers but it kep...more
Ellie is dead, whether it was suicide or an accidental overdose nobody knows. Sarah did it with her, but she survived.
Ellie was a live-wire, but she also self-harmed, cutting herself, drinking too much, and getting high all the time.
Now she’s gone and it’s up to everyone left behind to pick up the pieces.
This book is an emotional journey of how the three people closest to Ellie perceived her and her actions, how they made things better or worse, and how t...more
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