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Pieces

3.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  238 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
A teen revives the legacy of his lost brother in this compelling novel from the author of Inexcusable, a National Book Award finalist.

When Eric’s brother Duane dies, his world breaks in two. Duane was his best friend—possibly his only friend. And Eric isn’t sure how to live in a world without Duane in it. Desperate to find a piece of his brother to hold on to, Eric decides
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Hardcover, 176 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Suzanne
Aug 11, 2013 Suzanne rated it liked it
As books about troubled young men facing tragedy go, this one isn't bad, but it didn't wow me. I'm not sure if could make a positive difference in too many of the lives of my students. In a year that features The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, just how many books can measure up?

There's probably a place for this one, though, for the slightly less cerebral readers or those looking for a more rough and tumble protagonist and fewer pages. Pieces is a nice title, most obviously referring to the parts of Eric's older brother Duane o
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Jess
Sep 05, 2014 Jess rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fiction, z_14
I like the premise and I liked the start, but this isn't how I would have written it.

I get that people and their lives aren't perfect and we're supposed to see that. Getting an organ doesn't solve you or your issues. It just allowed you to continue to live with them.

That said, life was sloppier than it needed to be, especially given that we're already dealing with how generally (understandably, no doubt) angry Eric is throughout.(view spoiler)
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Jason Whang
Oct 07, 2015 Jason Whang rated it liked it
I would recommend Pieces by Chris Lynch to everyone that is up for a suspenseful journey of loss and recovery. What make Lynch’s novel amusing because he crafts interesting and unique characters, orthodox, but questionable story structure, and lastly, adding unconventional elements to the setting and plot that gives readers mixed emotions. The story begins with the protagonist’s brother Duane dying. The protagonist Eric has lost the sense of life. He had lost hope and griefs over the unfortunate ...more
Jennifer
Nov 25, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
One of the best books of the year. Eric’s been having a tough time. His big brother, Duane, has been in an accident and, after being on life support, has died and had his organs donated. After his first year of mourning, Eric has decided he wants to meet the people who received his brothers organs.

At a tea organized by the organ bank, Eric meets three of the recipients - Melinda, a gorgeous woman with a child and unresolved issues; Barry, a hard-drinking, obnoxious man who ironically inherited
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Michael
Feb 27, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it
When a beautiful woman places your hand on her hip and tells you to feel your brother's kidney, yeah, things get wierd. Darkly funny and oddly disturbing, Chris Lynch's quick read will keep you so off balance you'll be clutching for the seasickness pills.
Brenda Kahn
May 04, 2013 Brenda Kahn rated it really liked it
Well! This was most certainly not what I expected of a book about grief and organ donation. Leave it to Chris Lynch to explore the raw, imperfect side of what everyone assumes to a noble deed.
Landon
Mar 31, 2016 Landon rated it really liked it
How does a teenage kid put his life back together after his brother dies. Pieces by Chris Lynch is about a part of a teenage kids life. One way tho author uses different elements than the norm is when he used juxtaposition. One way he shows this is when he juxtaposed Eric a nice guy (the main character) with a bratty little kid. One reason he might of wrote this book is that he wanted to use first person. A way he shows that is it is from Eric's view. One reason people like this book is he keeps ...more
Matthew Fleuette
Nov 04, 2014 Matthew Fleuette rated it really liked it
This book is about a 18-year-old boy named Eric who loses his main companion in life who is his 20-year-old brother. He then makes relationships with all the people who received his brother's organs because that is the last part of him still alive. He is not great sociably trying to make friends so this is a challenge to him. The conflict is Man vs. Self, because he is trying to find the guts to get to know these new people who he considers to be his "new family". This book can be depressing at ...more
Jamie
Jun 24, 2013 Jamie rated it liked it
A little too wacky, a little too superficial.
Kathy
Jun 17, 2014 Kathy rated it liked it
The book started off really good but I found by the end I was just happy that it was finished. Once again, a great idea that sort of falls upon itself and loses focus. It is about a boy who must accept his brother's death as well as the fact that his organs have been donated. He decides that he must meet some of these people in order to get his brother back.

Recommendation: If you have the book laying around and have nothing to do, it is not a waste of time but there are other books worth reading
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Whitney Summers
Dec 11, 2014 Whitney Summers rated it liked it
Shelves: eng-356-17-25
I read this book particularly because of the author. I was required to read a book by Chris Lynch and wasn't interested in his most popular novel, inexcusable so I chose Pieces. I liked this novel, I mean it wasn't life changing or mind blowing but it was a good coming of age story. Its about this young man who has to deal with the death of his brother and the donations of his organs by meeting all those who received a part of him. Through the lives of those who struggled for so long he truly un ...more
luce-eleanor
Nov 24, 2015 luce-eleanor rated it liked it
"Pieces" is a good book. There is no straightforward, completely planned out motive, just a series of interactions that equal the story. It's quite a level read, no huge climax or plunge. It seemed less substantial than other, similarly themed realistic fiction novels, yet I think it left me more satisfied. Not so much the events, but the feelings-- the raw emotions (which of course are mostly inferred since the narrator is a teenage boy) are very relatable, understandable, and not so far fetche ...more
Amy
Jul 31, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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Lara
Such mixed reviews already! I can see why this wouldn't really appeal to some, but I actually really enjoyed it.

This is the story of Eric, whose older brother and best friend Duane is mortally injured doing something really stupid. Eric's family decides to take Duane off life support and donate his organs, despite Eric's protests. Later, though Eric's parents are satisfied with the thank you letters they've received from the recipients of Duane's organs and have no interest in further contact,
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Manuel
Jun 15, 2014 Manuel rated it it was amazing
Love this book since the beginning! I would highly recommend this book to everyone who wants to have a good time, specially on this specific genre, there was a few things that iwould have changed in this book but that happens most of the times i read books so it's not such a big deal. Loved it, thats all i've gotta say. Well deserved five stars.
Stephanie Stocks
Eric's world is shattered into pieces when his brother Duane dies. Throughout the following year, Eric struggles with his grief until he decides to meet some of the recipients of Duane's organ donations. But, who are these people? Friends? Family? As they have been able to continue living, will Eric find a way to move on as well?
Rosa Montes
Mar 24, 2016 Rosa Montes rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. It reminded me of my favorite movie "7 Pounds". It was very emotional when eric had to see his brother go. I loved how he wanted to meet the people with his bother's organs to feel closer to him. Eric lost his best friend. He was very strong and brave meeting those people
South Brunswick High School Library
“Who are these people to me?” is a question repeated by seventeen-year-old Eric as he struggles to come to terms with his brother Duane’s death and the distribution of Duane’s organs to deserving(?) people. Can Phil, the new owner of Duane’s ear, really act as a connection to Eric’s lost brother? Does repulsive Barry deserve to have received an organ at all? Can Eric influence the life of beautiful, but troubled Melinda just because she holds a part of Duane? Chris Lynch offers an emotional nove ...more
Josh Petersen
SCORE: 6.5/10

I liked Eric's voice and the combination of anger and grief that he held felt very authentic. I think that it really held the book together. But this book unfortunately had several major flaws. I thought that Eric's relationships with his parents were spotty and under-explored. Most of the side characters didn't really stand out, and some, especially Martha and Barry, were woefully underdeveloped. I also didn't love that Eric kept outwardly asking the reader about his relationships
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Anne
Apr 04, 2016 Anne rated it it was ok
The premise of this book sounded really interesting...a teenager's brother dies, the family donates his body for organ donation, and, to help him cope, the teenager meets some of the people who received his brother's organs. It was the execution of the story that I wasn't thrilled about. It was fine, okay, probably a decent YA read, but not for me...
Kris
Apr 26, 2013 Kris rated it really liked it
Recommended for gr. 8-12. High school situations, minimal language, main character is age 18. The characters were originally introduced in the book Iceman, which was published 20 years ago. Eric’s older brother and best friend, Duane, has recently died in an accident, and he is having a hard time coming to grips with his loss and his anger. Eric decides to meet some of the recipients of Duane’s organs, and they are a mixed bunch indeed. Somehow, though, he feels a connection to each of them and ...more
Lynne Cote
Mar 31, 2014 Lynne Cote rated it really liked it
Eric's brother dies in a tragic accident. His parents agree to allow his brother to be a donor. Eric wants to meet the people who have his brother's "Pieces". A wonderful story filled with warmth, humor and love.
Carrie
Oct 06, 2014 Carrie rated it liked it
it was ok the ending needs to be rewritten but in general it was OK. the end of the book made me think he had a deadline and it was coming soon
Sue
Sep 27, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it
Eric's brother Duane left this word tragically young, the result of a diving accident. But pieces of him still walk the earth, inside the bodies of the people who received his organs, in his girlfriend Martha, his parents, and Eric, who just has to figure out how to put those pieces together into a new life for himself. With writing that alternates between sweetly touching and irreverently hilarious, often within the same sentence, this quick read affirms that life has a way of going on, even if ...more
Sarah
Jun 12, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
I wanted more closure for the ending but overall I thought it was a good book
Mrs. Brisky
Nov 05, 2014 Mrs. Brisky rated it it was ok
Not my favorite! Characters in this book were not likable!
Kelly
Apr 09, 2013 Kelly rated it liked it
This book was rather interesting. It's not my normal kind of story, however, it was a good story all the same. It's about a teenager named Eric who loses the older brother he idolizes (Duane) in a traumatic accident, and then decides he "needs" to meet the recipients of his brothers donated organs. The characters are all a little goofy, but lovable just the same (with the exception of Barry, who's just a jerk). The story chronicles Eric's road to acceptance - both of his brother's death and of h ...more
Sarah
Jan 17, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
Not sure who the target audience is for this.
Nicole
Aug 23, 2013 Nicole rated it liked it
I've give this title 3 stars not so much because I enjoyed the book but because I found the idea and subject of the book interesting.
The main character's brother dies (this is not a spoiler) but parts (or pieces) of him live on in others. The story is about how the main character and his family deals with (or not) the loss of his brother.
The book has an assortment of characters that come together in unlikely ways and unusual situations. All of which however, ends up aiding the healing process f
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Chris Lynch is the Printz Honor Award-winning author of several highly acclaimed young adult novels, including KILL SWITCH, ANGRY YOUNG MAN, and INEXCUSABLE, which was a National Book Award finalist and the recipient of six starred reviews. He is also the author of FREEWILL, GOLD DUST, ICEMAN, GYPSY DAVY, and SHADOWBOXER, all ALA Best Books for Young Adults; EXTREME ELVIN WHITECHURCH, and ALL THE ...more
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