Pieces of Us

Pieces of Us

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Every summer, four young adults from two families - sisters Katie and Julie and brothers Alex and Kyle - reunite in the Catskills. Staying with their grandparents, picking berries, using their Russian names, falling in love ...it's an idyllic break from school, parents, and other troubles. By keeping their home lives secret and separate from the blissful summers, Katie and Alex hope to preserve their fragile romance. When the couple risks pursuing a real, year round relationship, disaster strikes. A damning video of Katie surfaces, stirring up shame, self-hatred, and mistrust that sends all four teenagers to a precarious breaking point.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 129.54 x 200.66 x 20.32mm | 272.15g
  • North Star Editions
  • FLUX
  • United States
  • English
  • Original
  • 0738721646
  • 9780738721644
  • 466,980

Review quote

"Suspenseful, disturbing, and emotionally fraught." --KIRKUS REVIEWSshow more

About Margie Gelbwasser

Margie Gelbwasser was born in Minsk, Belarus. She came to the United States in 1979 and then moved to the suburbs of New Jersey in 1986. Visit her online at www.margiewrites.com.show more

Rating details

1,185 ratings
3.58 out of 5 stars
5 28% (335)
4 26% (314)
3 27% (325)
2 11% (127)
1 7% (84)

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 more
by 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 more
by Shantal
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