Pieces of Us
Two families. Four teens. A summer full of secrets. Every summer, hidden away in a lakeside community in upstate New York, four teens leave behind their old identities . . . and escape from their turbulent lives. But when he's back in Philadelphia during the school year, Alex cannot suppress his anger at his father (who killed himself), his mother (whom he blames for it), and the girls who give it up too easy. His younger brother, Kyle, is angry too--at his abusive brother, and at their mother who doesn't seem to care. Meanwhile, in suburban New Jersey, Katie plays the role of Miss Perfect while trying to forget a horrible, life-changing event that no one knows about. But Julie, her younger sister, sees Katie only as everything she's not. And their mother will never let Julie forget it. Up at the lake, they can be anything, anyone. Free. But then Katie's secret gets out, forcing each of them to face reality--before it tears them to pieces.
- Paperback | 336 pages
- 132 x 203 x 22.86mm | 317.51g
- 05 Apr 2012
- North Star Editions
- United States
"Suspenseful, disturbing, and emotionally fraught." --KIRKUS REVIEWS
About Margie Gelbwasser
Margie Gelbwasser is a freelance writer who has written for various magazines, including SELF, Ladies Home Journal, Women's Health, New Jersey Monthly, Girl's Life, Instructor, and Writer's Digest. Her debut novel, Inconvenient, was a 2011 Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teen Readers. The author received her master's in English from William Paterson University and currently lives in New Jersey. Visit her at MargieWrites.com.
Our customer reviews
pieces of us is not a happy book. I would dare to say it leaves readers heart-heavy as the four characters - Alex, Katie, Julie, and Kyle - watch their lives intertwine and then unravel from each other. Katie's story was the hardest to stomach, and understandably everyone else's reactions to her story was equally harder to witness - and sometimes to forgive. Margie Gelbwasser has written a tough coming-of-age story, and even though I wish it had not felt so hopeless, I know that not everyone's story gets that happy ending as promised. The only concern I had with pieces of us was keeping the four alternating perspectives apart. They did not have much to distinguish themselves from each other besides the name at the beginning of each section and perhaps certain references to key events, but overall they all seemed interchangeable. It is sad to think that pieces of us still feels true to our time - and perhaps also that times have gotten worse with the explosion of technology - and it makes me wonder how we can change it for the better.show moreby theEPICrat
==Original Review at www.booknerds-are-pretty-too.com== Pieces of Us by Margie Gelbwasser is a novel that broke my heart, I'm not normally lost for words, but this book left me overwhelmed. I do not like how this book made me feel but that doesn't mean this book didn't accomplish it's goal. This book talks about how life is for many people and we, who don't have those kind of issues, sometimes don't understand. This novel will make you feel uncomfortable and when you think you've reach a point where it's just too much, think again. There are situations in life that are disturbing and this book will present them as raw as possible, the story is told from four P.O.V Alex, Kyle, Katie and Julie all of them broken and abused in one way or another, somehow the only thing they desire is to spend the summer at the lake house, it's the only place they can be who they really want to be away from all the pressure. Katie and Julie are sisters, both have a bad relationship with their mother for different reasons, one of them because her mother ignores her and the other because she can't live up to her expectations without loosing herself in the process. Alex and Kyle are brothers, trapped in a tragic event with a mother that does not give a good example for any of them, the four teenagers feel trapped and confused in a sea of problems. The writing style had me a little confused and made it hard to switch between characters, the ending left me upset, I just want to state that love doesn't hurt, not emotionally or physically and if you read this book and feel like you identify with any character please tell someone what's going on. Overall an emotional read. I think this book is not suitable for teens under 17 years old. If parents allow teenagers to read this book I would advice parental guidance. There is a lot of sex, abuse, drinking and cursing.show moreby Shantal