Pieces of Us
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 turbulent lives.
But when he’s 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),...more
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they said it was too dark, graphic, disturbing and edgy.
i just say it's real.
this book broke my heart. and i do not care because i know for a fact that pieces of us is going to stay with me for a while.
gone is that funk that was hanging over my head for weeks. because when i went out in the middle of reading this book, all i could think about was coming home and finishing it. it has been too long since i have felt like that about a book. too long since i have been this engrossed.
what do i s ...more
So, if good books are suppose to make you feel, PIECES OF US just might be stellar. I’m feeling hell lot of things right now. Granted, none of the things I’m feeling right now are all that positive. It’s bleak, dark; the situat ...more
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This book was so crude and contains VERY graphic content. Be warned: if you've read Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, well, let me tell you ain't seen nothing yet. There was a lot of 'eww' moments and 'did that just happen' faces thrown in there too. I think my mouth was hanging open for like 3/4 of this book. This is like 10 times as descriptive of ...more
It was emotional and disturbing and one event hit very close to home. But because of that, I was furious at how the char ...more
So I read...and read. Then went to sleep feeling awful but unable to put down my iPhone. I won't bother summarizing. It wouldn't do this book justice.
Everything! Everything was painful! But it was real. It w ...more
The story is told from four P.O.V. Katie, Julie, Alex and Kyle. Four teenagers who all have been broken and damaged in some way but who spend the summer months together with their respective grandparents at the lake house. During summer, they try to be themselves ...more
Gelbwasser somehow makes you care about four teens who are all so broken and abused/abusive (I'd argue they all abuse and are abused equally). Little by little they continue to fall apart and it looks like there's no redemption to be had at all. I walked away pretty unsettled, and I mean that in a good way. That is successful storytelling.
This is a book tha ...more
When I first finished this book my initial reaction was UGH, this was so not the book for me. However, I am finding that I can't stop thinking about the characters in this book. Their actions have left me thinking about what I would have done differently in the same situation, and why the characters maybe didn't react the way I would have. At first I found the characters to be weak ...more
Pieces of Us is not your typical walk in the park, happy go lucky kind of story. There is no redemption, no salvation and no fairy-tale ending; there is only darkness, bleak reality, and the perpetual feeling of loss... Yes, it was bleak, depressing, dreary, dark, very uncomfortable and discomforting to read.
So I don't recommend this for the fainthearted.
The subject matter & content definitely calls for mature readers. However, the deep layers of the depicted abuse, serves as a cautiona ...more
I have to hand it to Gelbwasser, she had me from the first chapter. Even when I knew it was not gonna end well, I had to know, find out for myself. Like a car crush, I just couldn't look away. As I was reading I found myself feeling agitated, frustrated, angry and unbelievably sad that I couldn't do anything about Alex, I couldn't save Katie. I put the book down, tri ...more
"Pieces of Us" is a dark, beautiful, brilliant book.
It's so...REAL. Even though I haven't experienced anything that the characters went through, Gelbwasser's writing is bleak and sparse and perfect. It builds a world that felt so much like the real one, filled with no black and white but gray and characters that were so much like characters I felt I knew. This is a book that will make you angry and make you sad and occasionally (very occasionally) make you happy.
It's painted in utterly ...more
Written in alternating points of view we get ...more
I felt the need to take some time after completing Pieces of Us before writing my review. I needed to digest what I had just read. For me, this book hit home in a very powerful and emotional way. Maybe that is what drew me to read it immediately after discovering it on Goodreads.
I tend to gravitate towards what others describe as dark/disturbing/haunting/etc. These tend to be a lot of the "buzz words" in the other reviews of Pieces of Us below. To me, I don't know if I would describe t ...more
Pieces of Us starts out with a lot of promise. The four characters--Katie, Julie, Alex, and Kyle--are all introduced and you immediately get a feeling for each of their characters. Katie hides behind the facade of beauty ...more
Pieces of Us was a painful book to read. It was unrelenting and vivid and it felt like a punch in the gut. At times it made me feel dirty for continuing on, but I had to. This book does not shy away from the taboo, I had to check a few times to make sure that I was in fact reading a YA book. It is heavy on the language and painfully descriptive of the sex. This wasn't like any book I have ever read before, but I loved it. I spend most of my time r ...more
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, Kyl ...more
gritty, raw, unnerving, uncomfortable, anger... I have to make sure I'm not just emotional because of the unsatisfying ending.
It's the next day, and I'm still having a hard time digesting this book.
I don't want to just give this one star because the behavior of MOST of the characters was repugnant, offensive and pathetic.
All the characters begin the story with no hope at all for a happy ending. And if you know me, I love hap ...more
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This book is from the POV of four different teens. Two sisters and two brothers.
The brothers: They live in Philly with their stripper mother. Their father committed suicide years before. The older brother, Alex, is a complete mess. He blames his mother for his father's death and takes it out on everyone around him. He treats his mother with no respect, and beats on his little brother. He disrespects females in general and bring ...more
Four teens, two brothers and two sisters. For years they've spent their summers at their grandparents lake house, the one place they feel they can be themselves, unlike at home where th ...more
Two sisters...Katie and Julie...two brothers...Alex and Kyle...both from sad dysfunctional families.
However, when they retreat to their grandparents cabins on a lake in the summers...they become different people.
They become younger and more free and innocent. They play Spit and swing and throw rocks and pick berries. When school starts Katie is "popular cheerleader girl" adored by her mother.
Julie is studious and not as pretty or popular and put down by their mother.
First, I have to tell you that I love books that take place in my geographic area and this one has scenes in Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, NJ. Second, I will admit that I wasn't supposed to read this book so early, but I ha ...more
Usually when you think of "summer" books you think of romance, fun, boys and bonfire nights. Well, this summer book totally changed that whole image. Pieces of Us is a story about four teens, who all have something that they want to forget, to break free of. We have four stories from four perspectives which show responses and emotions to the events that occur in this novel.
I liked the idea of Pieces of Us, and the general story line w ...more
What compelled me to pick up this book was the simple yet beautiful cover, a picture of a swing frozen in midair with lovely hues of green and blue in the background. Little did I know, this book would have me battling an emotional tug-o-war until the very end of it.
Katie is a popular cheerleader at her school with a perfect, charmed life anyone could ask her. However, after one seemingly innocent and fun night at a ...more