Torn to Pieces
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Torn to Pieces

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  306 ratings  ·  58 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.

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Hardcover, 258 pages
Published September 9th 2008 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2008)
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John Clark
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
7706anjali
"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...more
Mis'tija
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
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...more
Marilyn
Mar 05, 2009 Marilyn rated it 2 of 5 stars
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.
Justine
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...more
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.
Sydney
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
Reviewed by Breanna F. for TeensReadToo.com

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...more
Sesana
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 4 of 5 stars
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...more
Melissa
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
7706lily
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
Jessica
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.
Madison
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Sara
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. :)
Deirdre
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.
Raji
Dec 27, 2009 Raji rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Jaye mcgrane
a little slow at first, a little predictable towards the end. overall an ok read
Laura Gardner
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
Isabel Freedman
I think this book was okay. I think the plot was interesting but the characters were kind of boring and their actions were too predictable. I think Anne is very nice, almost too nice, which sometimes got boring. But a quote that shows she's really nice is, " You were a much better friend to me than I was to you." (245). This shows that Anne is considered a good friend. It shows that people think she is nice. Overall I didn't really like tihs book, I just wish there was more suspense and deeper c...more
Laura (Boundless Bindings)
I really enjoyed this one! There was just enough suspense at a time so there's constantly something going on. I liked the writing a lot and the concept of the novel. It is divided between Anne's POV and letters her mother has written her, helping guide her through her life. There were so many twists I wasn't expecting that I had to keep reading. My heart went out to Anne and I was always going back and forth between trusting different people. It seems to change constantly! I really enjoyed this...more
Erika
This was a really good book! I liked the suspence however i liked how the author gave you clues on what was going to happen next. then other times you were completely on your own.
Actually some of the parts reminded me of a scary movie where the girl is about to go into the closet to check out a noise..and in your head you are screaming 'don't go in there! don't open the door' but she does it anyways...that's how some of the book was to me.
Even all the screaming in my head it was still a good b...more
Weena
I was drawn in from the begining with this story of a teen girl with a mysterious mom. When said mom goes missing, Anne soon learns that there are deep dark secrets about her mother, as well as, herself. There was a good bit of mystery and suspense here, and a little teenaged drama to boot. I liked all of the characters and found them mostly believable. There may have been a time or two that I didn't think someone would act a certain way in real life, but overall, a good book.
Kendra
This had a lot of twists and turns and so many different stories that I"m not sure if all the ends were tied up. There were quite a few things I expected, but not at the beginning. It was so intense I got a headache, which I guess is good for a book :) Kind of reminded me of a episode of 24, where the good guys are bad, then good again. Anyway, fun read. Really clean from what I remember too.
Kacie
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Joyce
***MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS***

I like the book a lot because it was so mysterious and shockingly surprising who everyone can be. However, I did not like somethings... I thought she could've have done something more to tie the evidence more appropriately to each character. I like how she put together everything, from the beginning to the end; everything added up.
Susie
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Angela
The amazing thing about this book was that it kept you guessing. A lot of the books I've read lately, even mysteries, I've found predictable. But this one had twist after twist. And Margot McDonnell did an amazing job of foreshadowing without giving things away. A gripping, entertaining read I'd recommend to anyone.
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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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