♡ This is a spoiler free review.
Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.
Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.
Girl in Pieces is not a happy tale; it’s a real and raw story that deals with a lot. In it we get to follow Charlie on her journey from being broken to healing, from being a patient in a mental facility to being all alone out in the world, from being homeless to finding a home. Girl in Pieces is definitely not for the faint of heart. The author is not afraid to go there and touches on a lot of dark and heavy themes; self-harm, suicide, physical and mental abuse, drug use and death.
These dark themes are necessary for us to understand Charlie and her story. I liked Charlie and I was really rooting for her from the very beginning. We don’t only tackle Charlie’s demons, but also the demons of the people she decides to surround herself with. These demons really helped Charlie to grow and taught her how to survive on her own. I love the character that she was slowly becoming and I think that Glasgow did a fantastic job with her character growth and development.
This book is definitely more character driven and I found the plot a bit slow and repetitive at times. We follow Charlie on her routine everyday and most days she did the same basics things, day in and day out. It became a bit tedious after a while and I felt like I needed more! The writing style also took a few pages to really get into. It was all written in a diary type style; basically like we were reading Charlie’s dairy. On one hand this was great because we got to experience her most inner thoughts and feelings, but on the other hand it was really hard to understand what any of the other characters were feeling or thinking.
Another thing that bothered me was the toxic relationship in which Charlie found herself. The only thing that made it slightly better was that Glasgow emphasised the fact that the relationship was toxic and unhealthy; it did however not eliminate the fact that it did major damage to Charlie and her recovery. I liked the other friendships that she formed, but I would’ve liked to learn more about the girls in her recovery program as well as the one’s at the coffee shop.
Girl in Pieces is an emotional but necessary read. It really delves deep into the thought process as well as the healing process of someone who has suffered abuse. It’s a story filled with sadness but also healing.
♡ Content Warning — Self-harm, Drug Abuse, Death, Mental and Physical Abuse, Alcohol Abuse.