There are some books that make you cry, books that make you laugh, books that make you fall in love, and now and then you read a book that fills you with hope and understanding. I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this book, and that is what I have found in the pages of Kathleen Glasgow’s debut novel “Girl in Pieces.”
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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 thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain 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. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
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A part of me didn’t know how I would feel about reading a book on this topic, simply because I have people in my life that I am close with who used to deal with this problem. However, what I found upon reading it was something I didn’t expect to; understanding. Despite the fact that I haven’t dealt with the same experiences or self-harm that Charlotte has endured, there were many moments in this book where Charlotte and I connected. Moments that pulled me in and carried me throughout my journey reading this book, until I reached the end and found a seed of hope, so beautifully written, that I found comforting.
Even if you haven’t dealt with self-harm, Glasgow tells a story that you cannot help but connect with emotionally because the characters in this book are all faced with demons and the challenge of overcoming life and everything it can throw at you.
There is something so bold about an author writing a story that puts the dark of the world in the hands of readers, but there is also something spectacular about it. Glasgow removes the veil between the world many of us live in, and the dark parts of it that many people go through, that we either don’t see or choose to ignore.
Not only that, but “Girl in Pieces” manages to teach you, and show you what the true definition of life is.
Charlotte Davis is a wonderfully written character, who defies what it means to be a female heroine or main character. There is no moment of cliché heroicness in Charlotte’s story. There is only the painful reality of her life, and the world she lives in. Charlotte’s strength in the end and her ability to learn to live despite everything, along with her ability to try to heal, shines off the page, placing a delicate and heartwarming hand of your heart.
Seeing her slowly but surely find strength is a beautiful thing to experience, and it leaves you with a bright sense of hope that you will carry with you.
This book is a well written, heartbreaking, stunning, novel that tells a real story, and leaves a mark on your heart. I highly recommend this book for anyone to read. Definitely a must!



Publication Date: September 6th 2016

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About the Author

KGKathleen Glasgow lives in Tucson, Arizona and writes for The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor, which means she could probably entertain you for hours with quirky tidbits about the lives of dead writers. She likes Tyrion and Shireen, musty old paperbacks from used bookstores that have cats wandering the aisles, cheesecake, coffee, and the Isle of Skye. Visit her on Twitter (@kathglasgow), Instagram (misskathleenglasgow), Facebook (…) or her website (

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