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Pieces of Sky

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  795 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Lucy's life was going as smoothly as any teenager's could. She was in the local swimming club, and loved it; she lived with her parents and her brother, Cam, in the small coastal town she'd known all her life. She had friends, she had goals - she had a life. Now Cam is dead, her parents might as well be - and Lucy can't bear to get back in the pool. All she has to look for ...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published June 1st 2015 by Allen & Unwin
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Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
‘Pieces of Sky’ is the debut young adult novel from blogger Trin in the Wind … now known as Australian author, Trinity Doyle!

I actually gasped when I read the first line of this book;

Mum painted my brother’s coffin.

And then I got chills as I kept reading …

It was beautiful, if such a thing can be – the waves of the ocean, gradients of green to blue mixed with the white of sea foam. Despite the grim irony that the ocean which smothered his lungs should cover him in death, it suited him.
Cam was
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it

Pieces of Sky is a beautifully written debut novel about the effects of death, and the overcoming of fear. – Abooktopia

Lucy Taylor had her whole life planned out. She was the state backstroke champion, and swimming obsessed. But things have changed. Now she can’t get back into the water without hyperventilating and may suffer from a diagnosis of Aquaphobia. She can’t handle it. Not after Cam, her brother lost his life in the surf drowning. Was it a foolish accide
A copy of this novel was provided by Allen and Unwin for review.

I thought I wouldn’t end up liking Pieces of Sky, so I am glad that I did actually end up liking it.

I liked the Australian-isms, which is something I always find myself drawn to when I read Australian fiction. I don’t really realise how isolated I feel when I read US-based books until I read a book set in a place I’ve been to, and that mentions things I know about, and have grown up with. So that is one aspect I really loved.

I also
Such a lovely novel! Am thinking 3.5 stars for now. RTC.
Emily Mead
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Living proof of why I love Aussie YA <3 what a stunning read.

At times, especially with American YA, it’s like there’s a disconnect. Like I can’t relate to characters whose experiences are so different to mine – like with the jocks and the cheerleaders, for example, groups of people who just don’t exist where I’m from.

It’s set on a coastal town, but this is by no means a fluffy beach read.

It’s an emotional read, that’s for sure. It’s about grief in a large way. Cam, Lucy’s brother, has drowned, a
Fleur Ferris
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, compelling, convincing. I loved everything about this book - the story, depth, characters and pace. I highly recommend.
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loveozya
Grief is such a deep and resonating narrative, touching those who have lost a love one through tragic circumstances and Lucy Taylor is a character who reminds us how loss effects each individual. Her father is physically absent and chooses to spend his time immersed in their family owned hardware store, while her mother has regressed. Lucy having to remind her mother to eat and shower while mending the pieces of her own life together. Cameron Taylor left such a gaping hole in the lives of those ...more
One of the books I bought at the airport before flying home, & it's kind of an impulse buy too. THE COVER IS GORGEOUS OMG and I finished it on the plane bc I can't put it down once I started.

Pieces of Sky has a Saving Francesca vibe to it...and it kinda feels different too, the way Australian books always do. I love love love the characters; I need more of Lucy and Evan and them doing stuff together, and Alix and Jeremy, and also Steffi. STEFFI, YOU GUYS.
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a beautiful and realistic story about love, grief, dealing with the loss of a loved one and how this impacts a family. It was exceptionally well written and I'd recommend this to anyone. Full review can be found on my book blog: ...more
Jessica Lewenda
Originally posted on my blog

This feels like a precious gem, raw and unfiltered and sharp. It looks gorgeous on the outside, and it shines brightly from the inside.

Lucy has to deal with the death of her brother, and doesn't know how to deal with it--as to be expected. She feels the pressure of life pressing down onto her: the stares from people at school; looking after her depressed mother; dealing with a father who just can't accept her way of grieving; swimming finals, when she can barely stand
Paula Weston
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this novel a month ago, and the fact I still vividly remember how it felt reading it is testament to its emotional impact.

Pieces of Sky is a beautifully written, heart-felt story about grief and love. The writing is gorgeously evocative, and Lucy’s journey is moving and at times heartbreaking. Above all, it feels authentic.

Even though grief is central to this story, Pieces of Sky is not a bleak story. Rather it’s about forgiveness and family and falling in love. It’s about friendship and
Written simply but beautifully, blogger-turned-author Trinity Doyle's Pieces of Sky packs a punch in the grief department. Doyle, like the heavy pull of a rip between thrashing waves, doesn't let Lucy's emotional trauma and fears get away from you so easily.

From the suspicious death of her brother Cam after a night surfing, to her depressive mother and distant father, and the fears she has herself of returning to the pool, Lucy is dealing with it all. And when Lucy finally pulls through, and the
CC the Great is Not Okay
Dec 26, 2015 marked it as did-not-finish
I started this on Thursday. I got halfway through. Stopped on Friday night because I binge-watched the 7th season of Castle. Picked it up again today (Sunday morning) and... meh. I didn't think it was worth finishing anymore. It's really nothing I haven't read before, to be honest. And is it just me, or do most of the Australian YA books I've read all sound like they're written by the same person? Ugh. ...more
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a total pleasure to read. Lucy took me with her, made me root for her, weep with her and feel all the things. I miss these character already. Trinity, thank you for your beautiful words.
This is a great debut novel about grief, and learning to pick yourself up again after the bottom has fallen out of your world. Yeh, it's been done before (eg The Protected), but the coastal beach setting, and the frank inclusion of teenagers doing realistic things like smoking (& not just cigarettes), and drinking, give it a gritty edge.

I like MC Lucy, and although we don't really get to know Evan a lot, the bits we do learn about him show him to be thoughtful and sensitive.

But this is really ab
Natalie Williamson
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dear Trin,

Thanks for writing this book, and for giving me another favorite to add to my shelf of Awesome Aussie Authors. (Sorry I'm not sorry for going there with that alliteration.) BRB off to cry over that final line and tweet you about the new eps of Teen Wolf. (At the same time, because I am talented like that.)


P.S. Where can I find an Evan to teach someone how (view spoiler)? Asking for a friend.
Rob De
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A terrific debut novel by an exciting new Australian author. Ii tackles issues of grief, love and family relationships with great insight. You will be drawn into sharing the life experiences of the main character, Lucy.
Kristy (Book Nerd Reviews)
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review appears at Book Nerd Reviews.

Pieces of Sky is an contemporary YA novel from Aussie debut author Trinity Doyle. And while I do not claim to be an expert on Aussie YA, I must say that I think it is books like this one that are really putting Aussie authors on the map.

As Lucy tries to live her life after the death of her brother she finds that more than her heart is broken by his death. She is really struggling to cope without Cam; from the empty void her brother filled in her life, to
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
A solid four stars YA contemporary read.

The first thing that drew me to this book was its cover. And on the blurb it explains that Lucy is a swimmer which is quite important in the novel, so I could see how the cover fitted with the story. The sky is mentioned in the book, but I couldn't really see the connection between the title and the story; maybe it was some kind of metaphor and though it is pretty, I felt like this could have been more elaborated on. Nonetheless, the story is well-written
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loved this book from the first chapter, the first page, not to mention that first line.
"Mum painted my brother’s coffin."

This is a great Aussie, teenage book. I connected with this book in some many ways.
It reminded me of growing up, high school friends, first love. It just felt like home.

I will be keeping my eye on Trinity Doyle, definitely reading her next book.

4.5 stars

An absolutely beautiful story about an Australian teenage girl coping with the tragic loss of her older brother. Doyle has written a convincing narrative that transports readers straight to the coast of Northern(?) NSW and into the head of a mature but troubled teenage girl and leaves us there well after the story has ended. I could not stop thinking about this book, highly recommend!
Oh, my goodness. *heart eyes everywhere*

Look at that breathtaking, gorgeous cover.


Pieces of Sky is an another promising debut novel I will definitely be looking forward to read! So much love for the cover and synopsis. <333
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An insightful novel that explores the nature of grief and the impact and unexpected death can have on family relationships and friendships.

An excellent example of crossover fiction that works well for both the intended YA audience as well as adult readers. The story is engaging and characters are well developed.
Carolyn Gilpin
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of the best first lines ever!
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved it! Doyle's writing style is just amazing. ...more
Let me start by saying that Pieces of Sky by Trinity Doyle paints an absolutely beautiful, breathtaking and haunting picture of the human experience. It is a story about how we cope with grief and loss as well as accepting the fact that the people we love are flawed, but no less worthy of our love despite these imperfections. This book follows Lucy, a state backstroke swimming champion, in the weeks and months after her older brother, Cam, drowned in the surf off the coast of their small town. I ...more
Amy (Lost in a Good Book)
This is an incredibly beautiful and heartbreaking story. Doyle has told a captivating tale about loss and discovery and trying to find your place in the world through Lucy and her journey through grief in the aftermath of her brother's death.

Doyle's language is wonderful and descriptive; it is sensitive and forgiving but also rough when it needs to be. The imagery is lovely and her words describe the pain felt by everyone and the darkness that has seeped into them all. Despite being Lucy's story
Yolanda Sfetsos
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-contemporary
OMG. This book... made me sad, made me cry, and filled me with hope.

My daughter actually read it last week and told me it was a great book, so I couldn't put it off any longer. And I pretty much devoured it. It's amazing!

Lucy used to devote most of her time to swimming. She has trophies, medals and ribbons, but since her older brother died she hasn't been able to go in the water. The first time she tries she actually has a panic attack and then refuses to go in the pool or the beach. This isn't
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love Aussie novels. I read On The Jellicoe Road and never looked back.

This is what's been missing in all the books I've been DNF-ing lately: its ability to suck you in a read that you lose track of time. This book is compelling from the first line.

"Mum painted my brother's coffin.

It was beautiful, if such a thing can be—the waves of the ocean, gradients of green to blue mixed with the white of sea foam. Despite the grim irony that the ocean which smothered his lungs should cover him in deat
Ashani Waidyatillake
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Trinity Doyle's 'Pieces of Sky', is a very thrilling book with many plot twists and unusual references which all together, make the story 'a page turner'. This book was written by Trinity Doyle because of a sad incident that happened in her family at that time and this story is very similar to what happened in her life.

A book full of adventure, sadness, emotions and laughter, featuring causalities that are part of our every day life, without even knowing it-Lucy, a 13 year old girl is having the
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Trinity grew up in the suburbs of Lake Macquarie. The kind of kid who would rather write lines than play sport she found her home in books, writing and art. She’s worked as a music photographer, graphic designer; been one half of a diy record label and played bass terribly but enthusiastically in various girl bands.

At 25 she took her vague emo poetry and wrote a novel. Then she spent five years r

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