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The Million Pieces of Neena Gill

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  19 reviews
How can I hold myself together, when everything around me is falling apart?

Neena's always been a good girl - great grades, parent-approved friends and absolutely no boyfriends. But ever since her brother Akash left her, she's been slowly falling apart - and uncovering a new version of herself who is freer, but altogether more dangerous.

As her wild behaviour spirals more
Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: July 11th 2019 by Penguin
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May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such a poignant book about grief, loss, depression, anxiety, romance and fundamentally psychosis.

It's so nice to read a book that deals with a mental health subject that is not talked a lot about in literature or really at all, and when it is talked about it is often misunderstood and stigmatised.

I loved the writing style, of this book. It was so easy to read, I flew through it in just a couple of days.

This book manages to deal with such delicate subjects while still being a heart warm
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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*I was provided with an ARC of this book by the publisher, in exchange for my honest opinion.

I think that there is a great need for more discussion around mental health in young people. And for those who don’t have the means, or simply don’t feel capable of reaching out, books serve as a great comfort and education when they tackle mental health issues. The synopsis for Neena Gill made it clear
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! I was lucky enough to get a physical ARC of this, and may I just say, the cover is absolutely stunning!

I'll start out with trigger warnings: suicide, mental illness, psychosis, depression, and drug use.

The story arc begins pretty much as your typical younger YA novel, with a girl who loves to sneak out to parties and get drunk. But with pretty religious parents who are still suffering from past griefs, Neena's life is full of secrets and lies. This book focuses a lot on N
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF- 60%
I was provided an e-arc by the publishers from Netgalley.
Generic storyline and characters. Strict parents, teenager who just wants 'freedom', missing sibling, etc. The writing wasn't bad, just the storyline was something that has been seen multiple times before; if you like mental health books, then this is the book for you.
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read this book early and I can tell you it was PHENOMENAL.

Not going to go into detail for fear of spoilers, but Emma has dealt with so many issues in such a sensitive manner. The depiction of mental health is SO SPOT ON, it gave me tinglies. I have been searching for YEARS for a book that deals with mental health with a BAME protagonist, and THANK GOODNESS for this book - it is a sorely needed one.

Neena is a wonderful, engaging character, with (as the title suggests) so man
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Disclaimer: Copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I am so grateful to NetGalley and the Publishers, Penguin Random House UK Children's, for providing me with a copy of The Million Pieces of Neena Gill by Emma Smith-Barton

"Our worst misfortunes never happen, and most miseries lie in anticipation."

This book was a roller coaster of emotions because oh my, I didn't see that twist coming! Neena has always been the good girl: good grades, parent-approved friend
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publishers through Netgalley. However, all opinions expressed in this review are my own.

I chose to read ‘The Million Pieces of Neena Gill’ mainly because I am all about representation, especially when it comes to the content I’m reading. So having an Asian protagonist was right up my street. Also this coupled with mental health, which has a strong stigma attached to it in Asian communities, was a breakthrough that I wanted to get behind.

Before I start, i
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I was fairly excited and anxious to start reading this book when I received it and finally decided to pick it up. The proof copy is gorgeous but perhaps I judged the cover too quickly. The first hundred pages were exciting but after reading halfway through, my interest quickly dissipated. There were so many things that I wish were different instead of the way it actually is.

I wish that Neena would want to rely on her parents more than her love interest, Josh. But it seems that family would alwa
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a deeply moving and emotional book. Neena Gill's life crashed around her when her brother Akash disppeared 10 months before. We meet her as she's trying to be the person that he wants her to be, outgoing, carefree and most of all happy. Are the expectations of others enough for us to become who they want us to be?

This book deals with very serious issues and it deals with them really well. To this day mental health is still a taboo, despite the fact that we all probably know someone who has
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley for letting me read this before its publication date!

Wow. This book has really filled a gap in the BAME market: mental health. I am so happy to finally see some representation of a South Asian person dealing with mental health issues. I think the characters are incredibly well-written and truly show how, especially, Asian parents respond to mental health. There is one section specifically (not a spoiler) where the parents think about "praying away the bad" that got to me.
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Million Pieces of Neena Gill is an excellent first novel from Emma Smith-Barton. Fifteen-year-old Neena has always relied on her brother Akash, but now Akash isn’t around any more and Neena’s life has got a whole lot harder.

While it’s obvious from early on that all is not entirely right with Neena, it takes time, via her first-person narration, for the full extent of her disintegrating mental health to become apparent and this is portrayed with great sensitivity. It’s fairly unusual, and ref
Sara Oxton
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Million Pieces of Neena Gill by Emma Smith-Barton a five-star read everyone should read. This is a powerful read, it is filled with topics that will surprise ad upset at times, but overall there is so much to hear that you need to finish it even when at times you don’t know if you can. But don’t read my words and think euggh dark and depressing, it’s not its powerful and sweet at times. This is definitely one that will divide opinion, most will love it, but I am sure there will be some that ...more
Megan  (YABookers)
Disclaimer: I received this free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

trigger warnings: depression, anxiety, alcohol abuse, drug use, psychosis, suicide.

The Million Pieces of Neena Gill is a powerful & poignant book about grief, depression, and anxiety and Emma Smith-Barton deals with the topic of mental health (specifically anxiety, depression, and psychosis) with great care and sensitivity. Neena is a really great character and her character was super developed. A really gre
Heather Howarth
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found this book hard going initially but as I became more interested in Neena and her relationships I became more invested in the story. I know how depression can affect youngsters and felt that her slide into a psychotic episode was well portrayed.

A hard story to read but one I will recommend particularly with its positive outcome. Neena was a fighter who came through with the support of her family and friends.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such an important book about psychosis that is rare to be realistic, not glamorised nor exaggerated for dramatic effect. First person narration makes you empathise and understand exactly what Neena is feeling and experiencing.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A searingly perceptive and beautifully written story about one girl's experience of psychosis - troubling reading but ultimately uplifting. Emma Smith-Barton writes with emotion, lyricism and authenticity and is a thrilling new voice for contemporary YA readers.
Leticia Vila-Sanjuán
mixed feelings about this one. it tackles an important topic and it does so in an original way, but i wished the last quarter of the book was the longest and most important
Rashmi Sirdeshpande
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No spoilers. A powerful book from a brilliant new voice on the YA scene. So touching and so very real.

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Neena suffers from anxiety, but her big brother helps her. Until, that is, he disappears one evening. The whole family misses him, although Neena feels she is suffering most. About to take her GCSEs, Neena is experiencing typical parental pressure, combined with a desire to lead a life free of feeling guilty and being pulled in different directions. Emma Smith-Barton builds up the tension in Neena's life from this typical scenario, to one which becomes more extreme, but not wholly unusual. The r ...more
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