Title: Girl in Pieces
Author: Kathleen Glasgow
Performer: Julia Whelan
Length: 10 hr, 43 min
Publishing Date/Publisher: 2016 by Penguin House Audio Publishing Group
Review: BIG trigger warning for this book: there is a lot of graphic self-harm. Sometimes it can be difficult to stomach, but it is important to note that the self-harm does not feel in any way gratuitous. Without such vivid description, it would be difficult to understand the characters’ mental state and the extent of the damage they inflict upon themselves as a result. This is a powerful story of addiction and finding coping mechanisms to overcome extreme trauma.
I will say that as difficult as this story was to get through due to the heavy content, I found myself wanting to finish because I was truly hoping for a positive outcome for the main character, Charlie. I wouldn’t say the ending is uplifting, but I found that when I put it down, I did feel some sense of closure.
It’s hard to say I “love” this book…more like I found it to be very compelling. It addresses a sensitive topic that is infrequently talked about, but important to understand.
The performer of this book did a good job. Her voice fit the character, and that’s really all I ask for.