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Homelessness, domestic abuse, and parental abandonment are indisputably weighty topics. Yet in this story of a makeshift family, they seem surprisingly surmountable. Teenager Maddie has run away to escape her mother’s latest bullying boyfriend and has been surviving on her own. Despite her initial wariness, she connects with the mysterious Q, who provides company and a semblance of security. When they become the caretakers of six-year-old Dylan (his parents ask Maddie to watch him, then never return), they pool their limited resources and try to formulate a plan for escaping the streets. Ryan has created a thought-provoking portrait of young people living not only on the fringes of society but on the fringes of time as well; much of the book is spent waiting for malls and soup kitchens and libraries to open so that the kids can wash their faces or beat the line to a free meal. After so much self-reliance, the book’s ending feels more like a compromise than a solution. But at least it offers hope. Grades 8-12. --Kara Dean

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"A gritty portrait of teens and children living on the street...[and] a complex survival story." (Kirkus Reviews 2012-09-01)

"Ryan tackles some serious issues—including homelessness, abuse, and child abandonment...[Her] simple prose and interesting storyline should attract readers (especially reluctant ones)." (Quill & Quire 2012-09-01)

"I was immediately hooked into the story. I couldn't stop. This book was so entirely captivating, so real, that I just couldn't put it down. It was physically impossible for me to leave this book for very long, and I'm kind of happy about that, because it's just what I needed...It captivated every little piece of my heart." (The Book Babe blog 2012-08-26)

"Homelessness, domestic abuse, and parental abandonment are indisputably weighty topics. Yet in this story of a makeshift family, they seem surprisingly surmountable...Ryan has created a thought-provoking portrait of young people living...on the fringes of society." (Booklist 2012-10-01)

"Ryan's exceptionally well-written novel presents issues of homelessness, abuse and poverty, as well as society’s over-consumption and waste. Characters are clearly written, multi-dimensional, strong and believable...A heart-rending and heart-warming glimpse into the journey of a handful of these people, what they need to deal with daily to survive, and how they succeed. And sometimes fail...Highly Recommended." (CM Magazine 2012-11-16)

"An impressively managed text. It presents realistic and richly detailed explorations of a difficult topic without being hopeless...Pieces of Me is a strong book with much to offer YA readers." (Resource Links 2012-10-01)

"A gritty, realistic look at teen homelessness." (School Library Journal 2013-02-01)

"With characters and conflicts that are sure to interest young adult readers, this book is a good choice for the high school library." (TriState YA Book Review Committee 2013-01-01)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 8 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145980080X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1459800809
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,412,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maddie is abused by her stepfather, and her mother sides with him, so she leaves home for a life of homelessness. She can make it on her own, until she meets Q, she realizes maybe she can't and dosen't want to make it on her own. When she meets a young boy named Dylan who's parents abandon him Maddie realizes what it's like to have someone relying on you, and she wants to take care of him the way her mother and step-father didn't take care of her.

This book is so heart-breaking, but completley captivating. I read this book in one-sitting, and didn't want it to end. I found myself getting completely immeresed in the pages and Darlene Ryan's writing style was brillant. I've never read a book about homeless teenagers, and I thought it was unique and powerful, and really made you thankful for the life and upbringing that you were fortunate enough to have.

I believe this is Darlene Ryan's debut novel and it was fantastic. I haven't heard much about this book in the book community and in fact, I'm the first one of my bookish friends to review this book, but take my word for it, this is not a book you want to miss. If your a fan of YA books, or books dealing with serious issues, then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy ASAP!!
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By Emily S. on September 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
The last few books I read have been slightly disappointing. So, I went into this one with mixed feelings. Those feelings were quickly sorted into complete love for something so simple and brilliant. Pieces of Me is a dark book, that deals with actual problems. I've never dealt with homelessness, nor have I seen it up close and personal. This unconditional love that Maddie has for the boys, even Q, is so heart warming that I couldn't help myself from crying most of the time while I was reading. She gives up everything for the kids, even putting herself last just to make sure they were taken care of. Pieces of Me is a great book, and I'm so glad I got the chance to read it.
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Pieces of Me is a good book. I won't get into what the book is about (you can read that in the description panel). The book has a solid storyline that's not to vulgar given the subject matter. I think a little more dialogue could have made the book better and I kind of wish it was longer. I hope that there will be a sequel!
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