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Sometimes bad things happen, and we are not the same when they are over.

For months, Tallie McGovern has been coping with the death of her older brother the only way she knows how: by smiling bravely and pretending that she's okay. She’s managed to fool her friends, her parents, and her teachers so far, yet she can’t even say his name out loud: “N—” is as far as she can go.
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Library Binding, 304 pages
Published February 16th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Jen Ryland
First, a few overall thoughts about this subgenre of contemporary YA. Strange but true: Some of the Parts is the seventh (at least!) YA book about organ donation to come out in the past year or so. I haven't read them all, but Some of the Parts worked much better for me than, for instance, Things We Know By Heart, which tried to bring a love-after-loss romance into the mix, and while this approach may have worked in the film Return to Me (haven't seen it) I remained skeptical and somewhat weird ...more
Arlene
Rating Clarification: 3.5 stars

“Maybe this is the ultimate puzzle. Maybe, knowing there are pieces of Nate still in the world, I can find a way to fix what I did.”

A heartfelt story about loss, grief and the road to recovery. Some of the Parts by Hannah Barnaby sacrifices no expense at sharing a poignant story about a girl who tirelessly searches for ways to recover from the death of her brother.

Tallie McGovern lives is very different life than six months prior. She’s working at a job that requir
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rachel • typed truths
4.75 stars

I'm not someone that gives out five-star ratings very often. Call me cold-hearted, blame in on my Slytherin soul, whatever, but it's just not something I can do very often. For a book to warrant a perfect 'score' from me, it has to be pretty much perfect. I cannot have any major problems with it and I have to get that old, gut feeling I get when I finish the book where I know how goddamn good it was. Even if the book seemed perfect at the time, if it didn't get that gut feeling then it
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May 03, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5
Dallin Hansen
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: second-9-weeks
SOME OF THE PARTS:Tallie McGovern is a high school girl who lost her brother in an accident. When she and her family are trying to cope with their loss, she finds a letter in the mail labeled Life Choice. She finds information of her brother and calls them to get information. But this will be the least of her struggles.
This book was only so, so. There were certain parts where I didn't get what was going on. I lost track of what was happening and, truthfully, I got bored. It made me feel like I
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Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
The short
The beginning really pulled me in, but the character development wasn't done well. I really wanted to connect with Tallie; after the initial pages, however, it was very very hard to do.

The long
Some of the Parts deals with a heavy topic: death of a family member gone too soon. I think that part of what draws me to this genre is the fear of losing a loved one.

I haven't had to go through the grief of losing a family member so close to me, so I can't begin to fathom the mix of feelings one
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Tin
Jan 30, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is so close to reality. I didn’t experience it firsthand, but of course when our special someone dies we will never be the same. Tallie was having a hard time coping up with her brother’s death. She felt like she needed to do something, something that she thought her brother wanted her to do. She can’t accept the reality that her brother was dead, and when she knew that her parents gave his brother’s organs to other patients, she decided to find them.
She became “the girl whose brother
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Liza Wiemer
Check out my full review posted on WhoRu Blog!

Congrats to Hannah Barnaby! This novel went into its second printing in less than a month!

The SOME OF ALL PARTS is a window into grief and a window into organ donation. For those who will be getting their driver’s licenses, this will be a fascinating look at the responsibility and impact checking that box can potentially have as a donor and on those who might receive “the parts.” And don’t at all be surprised if you find yourself loving Chase’s qui
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Resch Reads
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book suffers from the classic tale of great concept and terrible execution. Honestly, the plot line felt so disconnected, with multiple separate story lines, where everything is dragging out and then quickly rushed to wrap up. What you read in the synopsis is not what is reflected in the book, it was like two different people wrote the synopsis and actual novel.

I am going to start off with that Tallie is a disaster, never in the book is she described as "smiling bravely and pretending she i
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Peach
Very We'll Never Be Apart meets Things We Know By Heart. Interesting. Just not for me.

After a car accident on a wet road, Tallie's brother, Nate, is left dead and Tallie is traumatized. Tallie takes a majority of the blame as she'd been the driver. Months later, her parents are slowly coming to terms with their son's death and her best friend, Mel, tries her best to help Tallie through the situation but she remains stuck on what could've been. Tallie carries around his MP3, affectionately name
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Nikki S
When I heard of this book I was all for it. Y'all know how much I LOVE contemps that feature larger issues. Which means I'm really excited for all the books featuring organ donors in YA lately. In fact, this is the second book in a row featuring them that I've read featuring this process. (The other was The Way Back to You by Mindi Scott and Michelle Andreani which comes out in May!) I'm not sure if I was trying to break my feels reading these back to back or what...
What happened was a terribl
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Krystianna
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Thanks so much to Penguin Random House for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I'm a huge sucker for contemporaries, especially sad ones. That's what originally drew me into Some of the Parts. The story follows a girl named Tallie who has been spending her time working at the local coffee shop instead of attending school because her brother died pretty recently in a car accident. She'd rather not go to school nor stay home, so she prefers to spend her time working at a
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Anna Ledwin
Feb 25, 2016 rated it liked it
its hard for me to explain how I felt about this book. I didnt dislike it. I just dont think I ever connected emotionally to any of the characters. tallie confused me a lot of the time. like of course I will never understand what she was going through on a deeper level, but I can generally understand why people react in certain ways. I couldn't ever read tallie; her character was capricious. OH I think a thing that kept me from connecting from the book was bc I didnt quite understand WHY him bei ...more
Sharon
Apr 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Tallie McGovern has been coming apart, ever since her brother was killed in a car accident when she was driving. Shunned by her those that she thought were her friends, Tallie finds herself connecting with Mel and Chase. When a letter arrives that completely rocks Tallie's world, she becomes determined to collect the only pieces of her brother that she has left.

Some of the Parts was a good book, but I found it hard to believe that Tallie's parents would have kept such a huge secret from her. Giv
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Kristen
A very slow paced story with a practically nonexistent plot. It was a struggle to get through this novel. But, the writing was beautiful, at times.
Rupali
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it
DNF.
Kate Brauning
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous, engrossing, hopeful. One to read!
Cole yeet
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Some of the Parts by Hannah Barnaby is a fictional novel about a teenage girl, Tallie McGovern, who must cope with the death of her close brother.
After the incident she isn’t able to fit back in with society. She is now known just as the girl with a dead brother. Her used to be close friends act like she doesn’t exist, her dad wants to leave town, and her mom as lost her demanding behavior. However she does have one girl who sticks along with her the whole ride. Mel, an older girl with a chill
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Karissa Patel
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Some of The Parts by Hannah Barnaby is a book about love, sadness, and drama. This is a
293 page book. This book is told through the eyes of Tallie McGovern. The setting the story is
mainly Tallie’s house and school. Tallie is her family are going through a extremely hard time.
Tallie’s brother, Nate, got into an accident which led to his death. Her parents decided to give is
organs to other patients who need them. Tallie who’s was completely curious decided to go
through an adventure looking and rea
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Daniel Maksymovych
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This realistic fiction story has everything a good story needs. Tallie McGovern (the main character) suffers internal conflicts as her brother passes away. Tallie is grieving and it gets even worse when school starts. A whole year has passed but she is still mourning . The book fits the realistic fiction genre as it can happen to anyone. The main character is traumatized and won't drive because her brother died in a accident. This story has lots of character vs self because the character has fee ...more
Jacqueline
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the character of Tallie, Barnaby explores something most don't understand about grief. Tallie seems to be handling her brother's death at the beginning of the book but as the narrative continues, she slowly unravels, confronting the circumstances of her brother's death and her efforts to continue after tragedy. Many people are in shock after a loss. It is later, when life starts to look "normal" again, that the mourner may experience the most intense grief, as Tallie's story reveals.

My favori
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Mary Clare
This book just dragged for me. Though I understand that the idea was to depict the downward spiral of a teen experiencing both the unbearable grief of losing her only sibling and the searing burden of survivor guilt, Tallie was a remarkably unsympathetic protagonist. At the onset, I thought that perhaps this would be a book to recommend to John Green fans-- I particularly liked Mel, Tallie's eccentric friend. But the tone of this book became quite uneven as Tallie's mental status deteriorated, a ...more
Jessica Lyn
Jan 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Okay. The subject of organ donation drew me to this book when I spotted it at the library. I thought that this would be one of those heart-wrenching books that you wouldn't be able to forget, but...

It fell short.

The first couple chapters were great, and I was excited to see what Tallie would do, but it started to get messy. It seemed like things were all over the place. The writing is beautiful, but I felt like the author didn't know exactly where to take the story.
Becci
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Eh, it was okay. I found myself skimming large parts by the middle. And I liked Chase, the love interest, but his character seemed a little flat and I never really understood why he liked Tallie. I did love Mel though, Tallie's friend. She was fun and her interest in taxidermy was unique. Overall, not a bad book but not one I'm gonna read again.
Emily
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a very good sad story about a girl who's brother dies in a car accident, and how she deals with her grief. There is also some parts about her straining relationship with a close friend, and new feelings for a boy.
Kathleen
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
A moving story very well written. A good choice for realistic fiction dealing with grief and healing.
Meg Petersen
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
The premise of this was super-interesting, but it just didn't hold my interest.
Alexa C
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
3.5 stars
Jenny
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Pieces felt cliche and forced; I expected more from the story. I appreciate bringing awareness to organ donation and the perspective of grief from the donor's family.
Christine Stamper
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
The premise of this book is really intriguing, but the protagonist's descent into trauma and depression is not fully unpacked and is wrapped up in a neat bow way too quickly.
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Hannah Barnaby is a former children's book editor and indie bookseller, and was the first-ever Children's Writer-in-Residence at the Boston Public Library. Her debut young adult novel, Wonder Show, was a William C. Morris Award finalist, and her second novel, Some of the Parts, received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly. Hannah makes her double picture book debut in 2017 with Bad Guy, illus ...more
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