Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: November 8, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse, Simon & Schuster Audio
Format: Audiobook, eBook, 272 pages
Length: 7 hours and 13 minutes
Narrator: Arden Hammersmith
How I got it: I bought it!
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That’s how they classified Savannah Sutton after she stuck a pencil in her ex-boyfriend’s hand because he mocked her little brother, Evan, for being disabled. That’s why they sent her to Brooks Academy—an alternative high school that’s used as a temporary detention center.
The days at Brooks are miserable, but at home, life is far more bleak. Savvy’s struggling to take care of her brother since her mom left years ago, and her alcoholic dad can’t be bothered. Life with Evan is a constant challenge, but he’s also the most important person in the world to Savvy.
Then there’s Cameron, a new student at Brooks with issues of his own, a guy from a perfect family that Savvy thought only existed on TV. Cameron seems determined to break through every one of the walls Savvy’s built around herself—except if she lets herself trust him, it could make everything she’s worked so hard for fall apart in an instant.
And with her aunt seeking custody of her brother and her ex-boyfriend seeking revenge, Savvy’s fighting to hold all the pieces together. But she’s not sure how much tighter she can be pulled before she breaks completely.
I’ve had my eye on All in Pieces since I first saw it because I just LOVE Suzanne Young’s books. I held off reading it for a couple weeks post-election, however, because I was in a funk. Not just a book funk. A total funk. I didn’t want my mood to potentially ruin an otherwise amazing book. I decided to buy the audiobook and listen to it on my drive back to Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving. Great choice on my part, except that my drive is only 3 and a half hours, the book is a little over 7 and I ended up buying the Kindle version once I got home because I was hopelessly addicted and couldn’t wait until I had audiobook listening time to find out what happened next. Did I mention I also bought a hardcover copy because I was in love? Yeah. This is one of THOSE books and I’m not even a little sorry about it.
All in Pieces was wonderful. It was practically made of feels. It reminded me why I still enjoy reading young adult contemporary every now and then. Savvy was so strong and protective of her brother. It simultaneously warmed and broke my heart. Her situation was so bad, but she tried to make the most of it and was hopelessly dedicated to helping her brother in any way she could. Cameron was ten kinds of swoony and I loved how he was patient with her when, honestly, I wanted to shake sense into her for being so blind to him.
I teared up more than once reading this book. I’m not kidding when I say it gave me all the feels. It was so easy to get behind Savvy and feel the hopelessness of the situation. I fell hard for both of these characters — and even some of the secondary ones. I was pretty much lost when I finished reading this one. It gave me a wickedly brutal book hangover and I’m still not sure I’m entirely over it. I think All in Pieces wrapped up in a wonderfully hopeful way and I’d love to see a check in with these characters sometime in the future. I’m greedy like that.
“When you don’t have much, you hold on to what matters. You hold on with both hands.”
Sometimes it’s hard. You can care so much about a person, give so much… but I’ve learned that love isn’t always enough.
Have you ever bought a book on audio and then bought a print or eBook copy
because you were too impatient to finish it?
Am I the only one who buys the same book in multiple formats?