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Frannie in Pieces

3.31  ·  Rating Details ·  449 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews

What does you in—brain or heart?

Frannie asks herself this question when, a week before she turns fifteen, her dad dies, leaving her suddenly deprived of the only human being on planet Earth she feels understands her. Frannie struggles to make sense of a world that no longer seems safe, a world in which one moment can turn things so thoroughly for the worse. She discovers

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by HarperTeen
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Feb 17, 2011 Emma rated it it was ok
The book started out strong; the characters were unique and intriguing, but as the novel went on, it kind of flopped around. Rather than the main character, Frannie's, grief over her father's death being endearing or heartwrenching - it got annoying. I kept on telling her to shut up and stop being such a jerk to her mom. She just wasn't a very likeable girl. Even the deceased father figure became annoying from beyond the grave!

The supernatural elements were really out of place in a novel set up
Jan 19, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
I was loving this for about the first 100 pages--the main character's grief over losing her father was real and honest. But when a bit of the supernatural cropped up, I had a hard time accepting it. Maybe if it had been hinted at earlier in the novel, it wouldn't have jarred me so much. But I did connect with the main character, and I enjoyed the writing. And it has one of the best first pages I've read in a while:[return][return]"Do you know what it says on a tube of toothpaste? In small print? ...more
Nov 05, 2007 Julia rated it liked it
Shelves: youngadult, 2007
I love the idea of it. But ultimately I picked it up for the illustrations and design and that's what ended up being my favorite aspects.
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Mar 04, 2017 Jody rated it it was amazing
Very creative story
I think that this is one of those times where listening to the audio took away from the book. A lot of the reviews I read stated that the illustrations and design were the best aspects of the book and you miss that with the audio book. I also was not a big fan of the narrator. She never sounded sad, which is Frannie's emotion almost all the way through the book. I also felt that she didn't differentiate between people's voices enough, but tried to. If you are going to do different voices, own it ...more
Dec 17, 2007 Myra rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit-read
Another good work of YA fiction. However, not worth a five-star rating. I'm a true fan of YA fiction, but this was not the best I've read. Don't get me wrong, it's still good, but not one of the best.

This book follows Frannie (Frances) through the grieving process after the death of her father. Her grieving takes her on quite an adventure. The narration is done from Frannie's point of view, which I much prefer, because we get to see things from her perspective, hear her throughts, and experience
Oct 15, 2012 Erica rated it really liked it
This book had its moments... good, bad, and otherwise. But, as far as I am concerned, the good far outweighed the other. There is a definitite fanciful element, but that really doesn't get in the way of the very realistic (for my money) portrayal of a young girl dealing with the death of her father.

I appreciate the fact that this book deals with divorce as well as death. I have heard comments to the effect that in the opinion of certain experts, divorce is somehow more difficult for children to
Jan 06, 2014 Amy rated it it was ok
Frannie's grieving her father's unexpected death when she discovers he left her a 1000 piece handmade wooden puzzle. Additionally, she's developed obsessive-compulsive thoughts and behaviors. Her mom, who has been divorced from her dad for ten years, isn't much help, nor is her boy-obsessed best friend. When Frannie hits her head and is catapulted to the past she gets a chance to see learn about who her father was before he was her father.

Pros: combining obsessive-compulsive disorder, divorce, a
Nov 29, 2010 Christine rated it liked it
This book is about Frannie (Frances Anne) and the grieving process she goes through after the death of her father whom she was really close to. Two weeks before her 15th birthday, Frannie discovers her father dead in his bathroom after a heart attack. When going through her fathers belongings, she comes across a 1000 piece puzzle hand made by her father that she believes was for her birthday. Frannie becomes obsessed with the puzzle and the story becomes a journey into her father,s and mother,s ...more
frannie has inherited all of her artist father's belongings after his unexpected death. she finds a box with her name engraved on it, and inside is a jigsaw puzzle he made. as she puts it together, she falls into the world portrayed by the puzzle, and discovers things about both of her parents she never realized. meanwhile, her mother is forcing her to work at a day camp for children, and her best friend is being a ninny about her first boyfriend.

this book was sweet and funny. i liked ephron's p
Jul 13, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Trailblazer Committee
Shelves: middle-grades
Sixth graders and up will enjoy this book. It's probably a little tame for older high-schoolers. Frannie is a fourteen-year-old girl who not only experiences her parents' divorce and her mother's remarriage, but then she goes to her father's house one afternoon only to find that he has died of a heart attack at the age of 45. Frannie and her father were extremely close, so we ride through the waves of grief with her as she deals with such wrenching blows. Sean, the father, was an artist in the t ...more
Nov 06, 2009 Lisa rated it it was ok
When Frannie's beloved, artist father dies she becomes fixated on finishing the puzzle she believes he made for her for her birthday before he died. Frannie's adjusting to the loss of her father, to living solely with her mom and step-dad, to her best friend's new chef boyfriend, and to her job as an arts and craft counselor at a summer camp. While working on the puzzle Frannie finds herself transported to Italy during a vacation her parents took there. All of these experiences bring Frannie to ...more
Frannie's dad died and when cleaning out his house(her parents are divorced)she discovers an intricately carved box with her name carved in it. When she gets it home she discovers it's a 1,000 piece handmade jigsaw puzzle of a town she thinks is in Ireland. She gets to work on it right away and every once in a while falls into the puzzle and discovers more about herself and her dad.
Meanwhile, in the real world, she pushes everyone away until she finishes the puzzle.
My problem with this book, and
Susan  Dunn
Aug 26, 2008 Susan Dunn rated it it was ok
Just gets a shrug. Premise was great, but I didn't think the book held up. Frannie's father dies suddenly of a heart attack when she is almost 14. She is the one who finds the body, and this really traumatizes her. As she is going through his things she finds a handmade puzzle that she realizes must have been her upcoming birthday present. As she begins to put the puzzle together she reflects upon her relationship with her father, and also the relationship between her divorced parents. Up until ...more
Jan 10, 2014 Sam rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! I think it was very well written and had an exciting, page-turning plot. However, how Frannie got annoyed with her mom kind of annoyed me. I understand what she was feeling, but she was just trying to comfort Frannie. I think Frannie even stated that she hated her mother. Even if she was just angry, that made Frannie a tad bit unlikeable. Also, I feel that the end could've been a little more conclusive. Will Frannie see Simon after the camp? Will she give her mom the puzzl ...more
Jun 27, 2012 Andrea rated it liked it
A relatively well-written quick read about a 15 year old girl working through the sudden death of her father. Frannie rings true to life as she wrestles with the whole death thing, noticing and being worried about all the "warning" labels on everyday household items like dishwashing detergent, mouth wash, and batteries, among other things. Part of the plot focuses on the summer camp Frannie's mom forces her to help at, and the other part is about a puzzle she finds at her dad's house and starts ...more
Erin Sterling
Feb 23, 2009 Erin Sterling rated it really liked it
Frannie's father died two months ago, a week before her birthday, and she's sad and frustrated and angry and unwilling to let her best friend or mom or step-dad in her world. But when she finds a special birthday gift from her dad, she gets consumed by the possibility of uncovering a special meaning in the gift just for her that will illuminate why he had to die. The book is written from Frannie's point of view, and is sweet and thoughtful, with a touch of the fantastical. I really enjoyed Frann ...more
Brittany Jackson
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Jul 14, 2008 Becky rated it it was ok
It's a classic Ephron. Both Delia and Nora have father issues, but they are great writers. The whole story revolves around Frannie trying to come to terms with her father's untimely death. I read the book in order to see if my 10-year old would like it. Not really appropriate for children under 13. I thought it was slow. I kept waiting for the pace to pick-up. Personally, I got impatient with all the teenage mental self-talk.
Jan 09, 2008 Beth rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this teen fiction. Frannie discovers her father after he dies from a heart attack and then discovers more about him and her mother by putting together a puzzle that takes her to her father. Frannie's parents are divorced and she struggles to feel close to her mother, only with her father's death does she come to understand her mother more. I enjoyed the book, Frannie's other worldly exploration of a puzzle her father made and her growth.
Jun 05, 2010 Lily rated it liked it
so far this is a very good book. I like that the author wasnt afraid to write about something totally weird and original, changing this book from a ordinary girl-that-something-bad-happens-to novel into a cool fantasy novel, with some sad-girl parts thrown in. At the beginning the main characters father dies and I thought that the book would be sad-girl, but then she falls into a puzzle and things turn cool.
Mar 03, 2012 Karol rated it liked it
Overall, it was a good book. Frannie has a preoccupation with death. She finds peace in the shadows of light and is frightened by product labels, such as toothpaste and dishwasher detergent, that list hazards if swallowed. After her father's death, Frannie's passionate desire to piece together the handmade puzzle she finds in his art studio takes on a supernatural effect that leads her on a journey that gives her pieces of closure, understanding, and new beginnings in her family puzzle.
Jul 25, 2011 Keith rated it really liked it
I love jigsaw puzzles, so watching as a character I've grown to like starts working on a puzzle that means something special was an especially rewarding experience. As far as entering the puzzle...well that through me off a bit. Not that I wasn't able to buy into the concept, but whole experience was a bit too surreal. I did like the way Frannie got to talk to her dad and the way the pieces came together in the end.
Apr 01, 2008 Robin rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: those who like magical realism
Recommended to Robin by: ARC
This is an ARC I received at BEA in June. I started reading it but was having trouble getting into so back onto the shelf it went! Then the other day I saw it on a list of fantasy titles in VOYA which was interesting because I had not gotten to any fantastic aspects of the story at the point at which I stopped reading. So I am continuing to read it and it's getting interesting.

This was a good story about a girl who is trying to reconcile herself to her dad's death.
Aug 17, 2007 Janice rated it it was amazing
I picked up a review copy of this book at the ALA convention this year, I think it is being released in October. I truly enjoyed it. The story is of a young girl who's father dies. Her father was an artist, and, when cleaning out his home, she discovers a puzzle that her father had created. Through putting the puzzle together, Frannie is better able to come to terms with losing her father and learns more about who he was. Ephron's writing is simple and lovely.
Laney Smith
Jul 18, 2014 Laney Smith rated it liked it
A very depressing book. I understand that it is about a teenage girl coping with the grief of her father's passing, but this book literally made me yawn. The first 100 or so pages were good, but it seemed to go downhill from there. Frannie was mean to everyone who tried to talk her. The whole puzzle situation was confusing. Was she hallucinating, or did she really fall through the puzzle? Not my favorite read.
Jul 09, 2010 Susie added it
What I am reading now about a young girl who discovers her father has had a heart attack , who she doesn't find for nearly two hours after going to his house after school. She is so upset she bolts out of the house and doesn't know where to go..After going through her fathers posessions she finds a present she thinks is her's because her name is on the little wooden box filled with hand carved and hand painted puzzle pieces. As she puts them together she finds herself someplace else..
Jun 05, 2016 Jenn rated it it was ok
The cover is actually a little punny. You'll get it once you read the book.

Personally, I was confused by this book. The big twist/surprise didn't make any sense to me and I felt that it wasn't explained very well. Some of the "regular" parts were nice to read. I think the story would have been better without the twist.

At least it was a library book and I can return it.
Oct 11, 2009 Julie rated it liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. Its a book about a girl named Frannie who has a very puzzling life. Her father dies and he leaves her a puzzle called Fannie 1000. Frannie stays up late and finds herself in the puzzle. It couldn't happen. Could it? Frannie is confused but doesn't tell anyone except a couple close friends that she can trust.
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Bestselling author and screenwriter Delia Ephron's most recent novel is Siracusa. Her other novels include The Lion Is In and Hanging Up. She has written humor books for all ages, including How to Eat Like a Child and Do I Have to Say Hello?; and nonfiction, most recently Sister Mother Husband Dog (etc.). Her films include You’ve Got Mail, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Hanging Up (based o ...more
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