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All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg
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Aug 31, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: children-sfic
Read in August, 2009

An extraordinary story written completely in verse.

Two years after being airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975, Matt Pin is haunted by the terrible secret he left behind, and now, in a loving adoptive home in the United States, a series of profound events forces him to confront his past.

Words cannot describe the emotions I felt as I read this book. It is so easy to feel what you feel, but sometimes you have to pull yourself outside of a situation and see things from other people's perspectives.

Two of the passages that struck me most profoundly were these:

You shouldn't wait
to thank people
for the good they do.

Words are messy,
but sometimes,
words are all you've got
to show what matters most.

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