34 Pieces of You
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. ...more
This is like the dull version of Thirteen Reasons Why that lacks the gut-wrenching-ness that ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Quick & Dirty: A heart-wrenching tale about the ugly truth in a teen’s melancholy life.
Opening Sentence: It happened on a Saturday.
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.
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 www.carmenrodrigues.com.
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