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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  146 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Reid Watsford has a lot of secrets and a past he can’t quite escape. While staying at his grandmother’s condo in Key Largo, he signs up for introductory dive classes, where he meets Joaquim Oliveira, a Brazilian dive instructor with wanderlust. Driven by an instant, magnetic pull, what could have been just a hookup quickly deepens. As their relationship evolves, they must ...more
Paperback, 1 edition, 258 pages
Published May 17th 2018 by Interlude Press
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anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: gay mc with cyclothymia, Brazilian gay mc

Review also on my blog. ARC provided by the publisher.

This isn’t the kind of love story I usually go for & I’m very grateful for that. But also, despite the romance being a major part of the novel, somewhat of a catalyst for the whole plot, this isn’t really a love story. Not in the sense that the love is the most vital & important arc. Rather, it’s a story of a young gay man who is still learning to navigate adulthood while battling his mental illn
May 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, read-2018, net-galley
The first thing that attracted me to this book was obviously the cover, which is made by CB Messer. Did you see how amazing it is? Let's go stare at it together for a bit more, shall we? Another thing that deserves mentioning is the title. When you reach the point in the book where the characters use that phrase you'll fall a little bit in love with it yourselves.

So, after all this praise why only 2 stars? Well, that has to do with me and my inability to get into the story and connect with the p
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
DNF. No rating.

I could not get into this book, no matter how hard I tried. I really, really hate third person, present tense, so that was a big factor, for sure. However, there was something... remote about the story. I felt like an outsider while I was reading, not like I was a part of these characters' lives.
I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

This was exactly the kind of book I was in the mood for! A healthy and sexy M/M romance that's never too smutty and never fetishized, with important ownvoices mental illness representation.

Reid and Joaquim come from different backgrounds. Most of the novel focuses on them learning to know each other and especially learning how to be together. Reid has cyclothymia and wh
I'm not rating this one as I've not been able to finish it and I think it'd be unfair to pull this book's overall rating down.

There is some exceptional writing in this book, the true voice experience is clear to see and, as the author's note elaborates, it is something they have intimate experience with.

Part of my problem is that I feel so far removed from the characters that it's difficult for me to relate to them and so I found it really hard to get enthused about wanting to read more about a
4.5 stars for my first foray into a Jude Sierra novel.

I recreated the cover art on my nails!

My first Jude Sierra book and I am so disappointed in myself! I have had her other books on my TBR and hadn't made time for them...and now I regret not having her words in my life before now.
Jude spins her words into a thing of beauty. She wrote this story that had this heaviness to it but was filled with hope.
A Tiny Piece of Something Greater is a romantic story that had an abundance of heart and hope.
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
There’s nothing behind me. Everything is ahead.

Here I bridle on the horse from behind.

When you will read this book, you should know the following, to be able to appreciate its value properly.
These are very impressive words from the epilogue.

For many years of my life, I struggled with mental illness in silence. I hid symptoms and intense suffering under an unbearable blanket of shame. I felt, in every corner of my life, the stigma associated with what I was going through.

My own story is frighten
Joyfully Jay
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

I have read several books by Jude Sierra and her style remains consistent. This book offers a third-person narrative and the entire story is character driven and mostly driven by Reid. Reid hasn’t had an easy time. He was diagnosed as being cyclothymic, a mood disorder, and he’s really trying to get his life on track. He’s taking his meds and he’s going to therapy and he has carved out an online support system, but Reid still has setbacks. When he meets Joaquim an
Apr 18, 2018 added it
This is a wonderfully beautiful and hopeful book. It's also, at time, raw and heartbreaking, but in a very gentle way. Jude's writing is almost dreamlike. Soft and calming.

A Tiny Piece very much a New Adult book about two young men on the cusp of the rest of their lives and how they find love and acceptance with each other.

It's also a book that deals heavily with the reality of living with a mental illness and how that affects, your relationships, and your life. It's real and raw, as I've said.
3.5 stars!

reading this book was such a joyful and cathartic experience<33
This book was both incredibly heartbreaking and wonderfully soothing at the same time. This was my first Jude Sierra book, and I will definitely be checking out more from her!

Read the full review on my blog!
Jun 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The set-up of this book is really quite simple--two guys in their early twenties are both away from home on the same island, meet, and fall in love. Reid is 20 and taking care of his grandma's condo while she's with his family in Wisconsin. Joaquim, who is 22, has come to the island from Brazil to intern as a scuba diving instructor. They meet when Reid signs up for scuba diving classes. It really just follows the two of them as they get to know one another and build a relationship, which is som ...more
Jules Lovestoread
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a gorgeous, heartbreaking, uplifting, amazing love story. I have endless love for Joaquim and Reid. <33333333 Full review coming to ...more
☆☆☆~Bev's World of Books~☆☆☆
This is my third Jude Sierra read. I've loved all three of them; her writing is quite poetic in it's way, but this particular story hit really close to home for me. As far as the story is concerned, we have a HFN situation. Reid has suffered greatly in the past, and a lot [but not all] of his symptoms were very familiar to me indeed. Joaquim is trying to be just the sort of boyfriend Reid needs to help him overcome some of his problems, although he obviously feels overwhelmed at times. These two ...more
Leigh Kramer
I'm partial to books that illustrate this vital truth: everyone deserves to be loved. I'm especially partial when they're about characters who aren't sure they do. Because of this, I absolutely loved A Tiny Piece Of Something Greater!

Reid heads to Florida for a fresh start while he's in recovery for self-harming behaviors and in treatment for his cyclothymia. He feels he's put his family through a lot because of his mental illness and he's still figuring out how to handle his co-dependent relati
I had conflicting feelings on this one as I was reading it, but the more I think about it, the more I feel like it deserves every one of those 5 stars. Do I think it's a perfect book? Far from it. Do I think it's a valuable book, to me and to others with mental illnesses or loved ones with mental illnesses? Hell yes.

First of all, the MI rep is FANTASTIC (one character has cyclothymia, a mood disorder similar to bipolar but with shorter cycles). The second half of the book, after they're together
3.5 stars

First of all, I need to highlight something important about this book. Reid Wastford, one of the main characters, has cyclothymic. It is a mental illness, which is described as "milder version" of bipolar. It's an important representation, an #ownvoice story based on the author's note at the end of this book.

I have never heard about this illness before, and I think Jude Sierra does a good job of describing what Reid is going through. It is educative, realistic, and touching all at once
Suzey Ingold
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well-handled book that balances Reid's personal story and his mental health issues alongside a soft but fiery romance. Sierra has a beautiful way with words and her writing is always such a joy to read – in this book, in particular, for me it was the descriptions of the water that struck me. There's a lot going on in this book, the kind that leaves you thinking long after the last page has been turned. ...more
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it hit me at the epilogue. and then it hit me harder at the author's note. I can't stop crying hhh

this book is real. it hit so close to home, I don't even have words. as someone who struggles with mental illness, this book means the WORLD to me. and I'm not kidding. I love the fact that it doesn't shy away from the real stuff, the hard stuff, the heartbreaking stuff, the frustrating stuff, it'all there, laid bare on the page, but it's so hopeful at the same time, and it inspires this kind of rel
Cindy Wilkerson
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, adult
2.75 stars

What initially drew me to this book, besides the cover, was the depiction of being in a relationship with someone who has cyclothymia. This is often described as being a milder bipolar.
Jude Sierra strove to erase some of the stigma that is attached to people who suffer from a mental illness, and I thought that portion was thoughtfully done. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t connect with the characters. It’s almost as though Sierra sacrificed character development, to really drive home t
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, heartbreaking, romantic, and most importantly, honest. This novel is an unflinching look at life with mental illness. At times hard to read, but it is oh so important. Our collective silence as a society towards addressing mental illness is more harmful than we can fathom. Shame and guilt are the antagonists. Reid's story is one that we can learn from, to see what happens when we lean into what we don't know. It could very well save someone's life.

You are still here. We are still here
Becky Condit
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I understood this book but I haven’t experienced anything like what the characters are going through.
Reid suffers from a little known mental illness that leaves him able to cope but unable to feel what he
considers ͞normal.͟ His mood swings, often quickly, other times slowly, from depressed to not quite
euphoric, and back again. He has suffered from this for many years (he’s less than 21 years old) and
through therapy and medication has come to realize that some people are toxic to him. For tha
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, mental-illness
Unfortunately, I wasn't a huge fan of this book. There were things that I did like and things that I didn't, so I'll start with what I did like.

I liked the explanation of Reid's mental illness. I knew literally NOTHING about being cyclothymic and, in fact, had never even heard of it. Getting a first hand account of everything that goes through a person's mind by an author who has actually gone through it is fascinating and makes the story feel that much more real. I love reading books about ment
Lisa The Novel Approach
Jude Sierra is an amazing wordsmith, and her latest novel, A Tiny Piece of Something Greater, is another fantastic example of her talent. It always takes me a moment to get past her third person present narrative choice, but once I’m in the groove, I find it so easy to get lost in her words. Her style is soothing somehow—I know, that sounds weird, but it’s true!—and her prose is so richly descriptive; I got so sucked into the story and Reid’s journey that I honestly didn’t want to put this book ...more
A Tiny Piece of Something Greater is an important book that I think everyone should read. While not a traditional romance in the sense of what we normally see in this genre, this book is a beautiful telling of two guys falling for each other while navigating some tough topics. It tells the story of Reid coping and living with a mental illness (cyclothymia), and Joaquim, the guy who falls for him and learns to navigate Reid’s illness and how to best love him.

First off, Reid is not his mental illn
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, intense, and emotional story about a young man who is struggling with his mental illness. Reid has cyclothemia, which is a relatively mild mood disorder. I had never heard of it, but after reading this book, I got a good idea what it entails. It might be considered a relatively mild disorder, but I thought it was anything but. Jude Sierra paints a raw, gritty, and touching picture of what Reid is going through, every day. Sometimes in excruciating detail, sometimes in poetic metapho ...more
Ela The Queer Bookish
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: do-read, favorites
(actual rating: 4.5)

I admit, a certain someone over at From Top To Bottom Reviews had me really (and I mean REALLY) hyped for this book.

What can I say? Annie does rec the best books.

So why do I love A Tiny Piece of Something Greater? It is rather difficult to explain without spoilering, but I'll manage:

* the title. I love its ambiguousness
* content warnings. Fuck yeah!
* the realness of its portrayal of mental illness
* and to me it's not even triggering
* People with BPD are not portrayed as
This was lovely.

A Tiny Piece of Something Greater is a calm and emotional story in which Joaquim, who's from Brazil and currently doing an internship as a Master Scuba Diving Trainer, and Reid, who is cyclothymic (a mood disorder) and just needs time away from his family, fall in love.

The center of the story is very much Reid's mental illness and how he deals with it, and how that makes him navigate the blossoming relationship with Joaquim, while at the same time Joaquim learns about the needs
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Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019, lgbt
4.5 stars

my heart... it's so full :') this was such a sweet, raw, hopeful, honest, and incredibly important book. It frankly depicted the hardship and struggle of living with a mental illness, while never portraying it as a weakness or as a flaw. The message, that people with mental illnesses are worthy and capable of happiness and love, is one that needs to be understood by everyone and is one that this book aids in spreading by just existing.
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Jude began her writing career at the age of eight when she immortalized her summer vacation with ten entries in a row that read “pool+tv”.

As a sucker for happy endings and well written emotional arcs and characters, Jude is an unapologetic bookaholic. She finds bookstores and libraries unbearably sexy and, to her husband’s dismay, is attempting to create her own in their living room.

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