34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: September 4, 2012
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 thirty-four clues she left behind. Thirty-four strips of paper hidden in a box beneath her bed. Thirty-four secrets of a brief and painful life.
Jake, Sarah, and Jess all feel responsible for what happened to Ellie, and all three have secrets of their own. As they confront the past, they will discover not only the darkest truths about themselves, but also what Ellie herself had been hiding all along….
Fans of Jay Asher’s 13 Reasons Why will love this novel. It has a lot of the same elements as that novel and is very dark and haunting as well. I really loved the multiple points of view and how each chapter of the book starts off with one the scraps of paper from Ellie’s box. The book is very dark and I thought that the author handled the tough and delicate subjects really well, which is something that is hard to come by especially in young adult literature.
The characters were my favorite aspect of this book. They were all really well developed and written, complex, and I had strong feelings, both good and bad, towards all of them. I also loved the story and how each of the five characters were connected to each other, and how they affected and felt about one another. The connections they each had were very real and I loved how complex they were.
With that being said, though, I did not like this book as much as I though I was going to. Although the story and characters were amazingly written and interesting I was kind of bored the whole time. Nothing really happens in this book at all. There is a huge event, Ellie’s death, before the book takes place, and so the whole time all the characters are doing is mourning about it and thinking back to the good and bad times that they had with her. I wish that the book would have taken place before and during that time instead.
Even though I did like the times that they reflected back on her and were mourning, it was just too much and dragged on. Nothing new was taking place, and I struggled through certain parts of the book since I was so bored of just reading flashbacks and characters crying. But, again, with that being said, I still did enjoy reading this book and do recommend it to readers who enjoy darker and depressing books like 13 Reasons Why. I just personally enjoy book where there are a lot of events currently taking place, but did love and appreciate the dark and haunting nature of the book.
Rating 3 Stars / 5 Stars
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