Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At eighteen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget it. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep and the pain washes out sorrows until there in nothing left but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the bridge. Your best friend who is gone forever. Or your mother who has nothing left to give you.
Every new scar burdens 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 to find your way back from the edge.
Girl In Pieces was published in September, 2016, by Harper Collins.
I first picked this up as a reading proof sent to my work, and honestly, the title on the pale pink ARC was what captured my attention. I tend to stray away from contemporaries, but once I started Girl In Pieces, I just couldn’t stop. And once I finished, I practically demanded several of my wonderful and gorgeous bookish Melbourne friends to read it – ASAFP.
As soon as fucking possible.
Apart from this book being so unique in itself, this beautiful debut novel was real, and raw, and relatable (in more ways than one).
Not only has Kathleen Glasgow taken several sensitive and real life themes, Glasgow has etched in alarming realities that several books with the same themes tends to forget.
In her debut novel, we follow Charlie – an 18 y/o girl who has suffered more than most 18 year olds I know – who finds herself in a psychiatric hospital. And it seems both Charlie and the readers don’t have any understanding why Charlie’s there to begin with.
Charlie is covered in a blanket of bandages, which doesn’t cover butterflies and rainbows, but rather depression and slice skin and dried blood.
This novel is very unromantic. We don’t hear Charlie talk as though what she’s done to herself is liberating, or thrilling or for tumblr aesthetic. Through Charlie’s thoughts we slowly begin to understand her reasoning, and understand how she feels about her bandages and scars.
We follow Charlie as she moves back into the world, in and out of toxicity and bad habits. And learn with her as she learns how to seperate the two.
I feel like Girl In Pieces was really well written. Not only does it show the importance of understanding what make a person toxic, or a bad habit ‘bad’, Glasgow shows us the importance of friendship and addressing problems when they arise.
Beautifully written and thought out, I gave this debut a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
And I am willing to help Kathleen write the sequel because IT NEEDS TO HAPPEN.
If you have yet to read this master piece:
PSA: If you find the book JUST FEEL IT IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL