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34 Pieces of You

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  1,623 ratings  ·  277 reviews
A dark and moving novel about the mystery surrounding a teenage girl’s fatal overdose.

There was something about Ellie... Something dangerous. Charismatic. Broken. Jake looked out for her. Sarah followed her lead. And Jess kept her distance, and kept watch.

Now Ellie’s dead, and Jake, Sarah, and Jess are left to pick up the pieces. All they have are 34 clues she left behind.
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Simon Pulse
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shady boots
Just what in the world was the point of all of that? The characters were all so lackluster and I couldn't connect with any of them. The plot was all over the place. The alternating chapters made me dizzy and the three protagonists' voices blended together. And I didn't learn anything in the end, nor did the characters. And barely any of my questions were answered. If anything, I have even more questions.

This is like the dull version of Thirteen Reasons Why that lacks the gut-wrenching-ness that
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
So the premise of this book is that two 17 year old girls overdose on pills and one dies. The story is told between alternating narrators that include Sarah, the girl that lived, Jake, Ellie's brother, and Jessie, Sarah's younger sister. Timelines are all over the place. The marker in time is the night Ellie died in November. Then the three narrators take turns telling pieces of what happened to Ellie, secrets they carry, and guilt that burdens them. They all let Ellie down in one way or another ...more
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I hadn’t heard much about 34 Pieces of You when it showed up in the mail. The first line in the the summary called it a dark and moving novel. I’m always in the mood for dark contemporaries and it’s been a long time since I’ve indulged. I was sucked into this book from the first page. It was a fast and very gripping read.

34 Pieces of You is told from alternating perspectives. There’s three main characters, Jess, Sarah, and Jake. All three of them have been greatly affected by Ellie’s death in ve
Stephanie (Stephs Stacks)
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, bea2012
Full review and more at Steph's Stacks

Ellie is a girl on the edge. The type of girl that takes you out for the time of your life and brings you out of your shell. She also encourages you to make poor decisions and can cause you to lose yourself in the glare of her spotlight. She is an enigma, complicated and troubled. She is also now dead, due to a tragic night that is somewhat shrouded in mystery.

Through a series of cryptic clues, Ellie's friends try to put together the pieces of her life and d
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted on my blog

Well, I typed up this very long review of 34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues and then I closed Microsoft Word, whoops. Devastated and what not. Which is kind of how I felt while reading 34 Pieces of You, ironically.

Because 34 Pieces of You is a brilliantly done book. The story is heartbreaking and touching in every possible way and the writing style itself is freaking beautiful and the way Carmen Rodrigues organized it
Shania Schiff
Aug 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
What drew me to this book was the fact that it said it was like the brilliant "Thirteen Reasons Why". Expecting it to be like that, I bought the book without much hesitation. Now I before I begin to rant of how shallow and terrible this book was i just wanna say it was nearly nothing like "Thirteen Reasons Why".
When I started this book I had high hopes that it was going to be amazing and make me fall in love with the characters. This did not happen at all. I found most (if not all) the charact
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

So many people said they read this book in just one sitting. I wasn't expecting that to be the case for me, what with all the homework and studying I should have been doing. But needing a break from Karl, Max and Emile I cracked open (well clicked open) Carmen Rodrigues' 34 Pieces of You and now here I am, a bit past midnight, emotionally drained.

There was not a single character in this story that I couldn't relate to in some way. The troubles they went through were real and some touche
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a fun, light hearted read then keep looking. This book was very dark and very emotional. Once started, it is not easy to put down though so just be prepared to spend some time with it and be warned that it is quite depressing.

The story starts out being told by Jess. Jess is Sarah's younger sister. Sarah is Ellie's best friend. Ellie is a very torn up character. She is simply a mess! The story starts with Jess describing the "accident" that landed her sister in the hospital
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I honestly don't know where to begin with this book. Carmen was written one of the most heart-wrenching books I have ever read. Granted I haven't read many books dealing with a lot of the tough issues you see in this book, I have read a lot of emotional book and this one will without a doubt get your emotions rolling. 34 Pieces of You is so beautifully written and extremely captivating. With this being Carmen's Sophmore novel I didn't know what to expect not knowing anything about her writing, b ...more
Oct 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Technically it took me but three hours to finish this one (does that entice you at all?) This is despite the initially confusing jump between the pasts and presents of those three voices. Perhaps it’s because of the speed at which I got through this that I felt little invested in most of them (or maybe not.) All those 13 Reasons Why comparisons pushed me to read this except beyond the tragic deaths in both, I didn’t feel for this quite as much. In 13, Hannah recounts in specific and sometimes pa ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First I would like to Thank Around The World ARC Tours for allowing me to read this book. I have to say that this book took my breath away. It was so sad at some points and then at others I would laugh because it was teenage stuff that teens do and are allowed to get away with it. 34 Pieces of You takes a look at what happens when you mix drugs and alcohol with teens issues like cutting, depression, homosexuality, sexual abuse, divorce. These issues have hit our teens very hard and when life get ...more
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Life has always been hard for Ellie and because of this she often made it hard for those that are around, especially her best friend Sarah, brother Jake and his best friend Tommy. The four of them were often together, but Ellie kept so much inside that when she had a sudden drug overdose, everyone was shocked. But is more shocking is the scary truth that comes out through the stories and memories of Sarah, Jake and Jessie (Sarah's sister). Their stories and memories of Ellie and their time toget ...more
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Ellie died of an accidental overdose (maybe), leaving her brother Jake, best friend, Sarah, and best friend's sister, Jessie to deal with the aftermath, each feeling responsible for her death. She left behind a box with thirty-four messages about herself, clues to why she became so self destructive. Sarah also OD'd, but survived, psychologically traumatized. Jessie thinks her secret caused Ellie's OD, and Jake believes he should have rescued Ellie. Instead of relying on each other, they isolate, ...more
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: High School and up
34 Piece of You is a Dark & compelling novel of sex, friendship, attempted suicide, and the burden of secrets.

The story opens with Jessie explaining the accident that happened with Ellie (her friend) & Sarah (her sister) and is told in the points of view of Jessie, Sarah, & Jake (Ellie's brother). All three feel responsible for what happened to Ellie. Carmen does a wonderful job of getting into the minds of the three main characters and expressing their feelings of love, loss, guilt & confusion
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult

My first thought upon finishing this young adult novel was that I really wish they hadn't ripped off the title of 13 Reasons Why for this book - yes, it's definitely In the same vein, but it completely holds its own. I feel like the title is a gimmick the book doesn't need. In the end I actually liked it more than the Jay Asher novel.

Rodrigues hits nearly every teen "issue" you can imagine -- suicide, drugs, abuse, cutting, eating disorders -- but rather than feeling like overkill, the story sh
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-till-2k12, sep
Reminded me of Looking for Alaska. This book will hook you right from the beginning. But get ready for some sad, depressing and hurtful moments. Told from four perpective views. You will find yourself in a maze trying to understand the time frame but you will get it once you go through a few time slots. :p
I still have a lot of unanswered questions, though. Hmm. Anyway, I liked this book. Read it if you are looking for something to wake you up and appreciate your life more. *shrugs* If you are al
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Reminded my of 13 Reasons Why and Why We Broke Up. A girl spiraling down and destroying herself with her reckless behavior because of something that happened to her as a child. Realistic and perfect teenage read.
1,5 stars

When I purchased 34 Pieces of You I was in a huge YA Mystery phase. Like all my books, this one was on my shelves, collecting dust for ± 7 years, before I finally decided to pick it up. Maybe if I had read it then, I would have enjoyed it more, but 34 Pieces of You isn't what I expected. It reads more like a contemporary than a mystery.

34 Pieces of You is told through three PoVs - Sarah, Jessie and Jake - who were all a part of Ellie's life. The PoVs are pretty similar and while the ch
Alisha Hein
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it
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Quick & Dirty: A heart-wrenching tale about the ugly truth in a teen’s melancholy life.

Opening Sentence: It happened on a Saturday.

The Review:

I wasn’t instantly attracted to 34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues when I first picked it up. There is something about the cover that turned me away. But after reading several pages, I was quickly enthralled by the story. Rodrigues writes an emotionally dark story, chilling and powerful to the core.

In 34 Pieces of
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Although you will read 34 PIECES OF YOU in one sitting, it is by no means a “light read.” I think there was every teenage problem imaginable packed into its pages, including: drug and alcohol abuse, cutting, sexual abuse, homosexuality/coming out, manic depression, divorce, absent parents, hospitalization, and overdose.

Fun, right? :/

In fact, I would not have picked this book up at all if it weren’t for something I read on Goodreads.  (I’ve tried to go back and find who said this with no luck, bu
Sarika Patkotwar
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was in the mood to read something depressing and disturbing and 34 Pieces of You seemed to be the perfect choice, but this book took disturbing to a whole new level altogether. I love the book title and cover, but I'm afraid I'll have to say that that's where my like for the book ends.
34 Pieces of You is told from the points of view of three people directly in relation with Ellie, who dies because of a drug overdose, suicide or otherwise. Ellie's brother Jake, her best friend and neighbour, S
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

I have been avoiding this review because I’m not exactly sure what to say. I typically like to write a review immediately after I finish a novel because everything is still fresh in my mind, but I finished this book in July and I’ve still not written a review. It’s because this book is so far out of my normal range that I don’t know where to start. I typically have 2 basic things I need in a book, I need it to have some form of a lov
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Maybe because I have read a lot of dark books this year -- Pieces of Us, The Children and the Wolves, and Drowning Instinct all come mind immediately -- but I was pretty unimpressed with this take on a world of secrets, lies, and pain.

Ellie and Sarah were together the night both were admitted to the hospital. Only Sarah came back out alive. Ellie died leaving behind a box of 34 notes, and it's through her words that Sarah, her sister Jessie, and Jake put together the pieces of what was truly ha
WTF Are You Reading?
Ellie was beautiful...Ellie was smart...Ellie took too many pills...and now Ellie is dead.

This book gives readers an all too real snapshot of just what happens when someone commits suicide.
Though the pain may be over for the person in question; the wounds and devastation left for family and friends of the lost loved one never ends.

In most cases, the people left behind are asking themselves and all who will listen one question.

"34 Pieces of You" will haunt all the secret places and darkest
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it

Carmen Rodrigues pens a chilling dark and emotionally powerful novel, that will deeply move readers beyond the telling. Remincent of Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why, 34 Pieces of You is a haunting mystery of a young girl's fatal overdose. Ellie is an exceptionally intriguing and complex character. There seems to be a dark cloud surrounding her, revealing something very broken and dangerous. She's full of painful depression and the absence of any hope to act as a healing balm for her fractured s

Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I got this book from BEA 2012, and there was a cute story behind it. I was at the Simon & Schuster booth, and I asked if they had the book at the booth and the gentleman there said "No, but the author is right there!" And I turned around and there Carmen was! She was super sweet and amazing, and so I was glad that I got her book the next day.

This book was so wonderful for a few reasons, and one of those was because I could relate. I had a friend in high school who was destructive, for a variety
Rating: 3.5 stars.

To be honest, I don't know what to give 34 Piece of You. It's definitely sad and moving, but as I read through the novel, it was like dreaming. It is, however, gripping; it contains every teenage problem possible: overdose, possible suicide, rape or molestation (I assume), depression, the scary thought of coming out and cutting. Rodrigues did a fine job with the construction and execution of the story, but the blurb is misguiding. Now, I haven't read 13 Reasons Why (but I will
34 pieces of you is about two wild and crazy best friends who over doses on pills. One lives whose name is Sarah but the other dies whose name is Ellie. The death of Ellie turns everyone’s world upside down. Ellie had an effect on her close friends and family. She was a complicated girl who had been through hard times. The story is told by three narrators Sarah, Jessie Sarah’s little sister, and Jake Ellie’s brother. They all recount their times with Ellie and how she had an impact on their live ...more
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Carmen Rodrigues lives and plays in the urban wilds of Virginia, where she is a writer by day and an educator by night.

She is the author of three young-adult novels: THE UNIVERSAL LAWS OF MARCO, 34 PIECES OF YOU, and NOT ANYTHING.

She earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

For more, visit her at

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