- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (June 11, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1442439076
- ISBN-13: 978-1442439078
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,460,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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34 Pieces of You Paperback – June 11, 2013
"A realistic journeycovering both before and after the death of a loved one, 34 Pieces of You willappeal to fans of serious, realistic fiction such as Cut by PatriciaMcCormick and Wintergirlsby Laurie Halse Anderson." (Shanyn Day, Shelf Awareness)
"[C]learly drawn characters and insights into one individual's profound influence on the lives of those around her result in a haunting read." --Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Carmen Rodrigues lives and plays in the great urban wilds of Northern Virginia, where she is a writer by day and an educator by night. She earned her MFA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The Universal Laws of Marco is her third young adult novel. Visit her at CarmenRodrigues.com.
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34 Pieces of You introduces the reader to 3 POVs: Jake, Jessie, and Sarah. All three have varying relations to the deceased: Jake was Ellie's brother, Sarah was Ellie's best friend, and Jessie is Sarah's little sister, an outsider of sorts.
Whenever books have multiple POVs I get slightly worried about character development and plot building, but Carmen Rodrigues did a wonderful job of handling the multiple perspectives. Each character was well developed and their stories blended together beautifully. The aspect I liked the most about the multiple POVs was how they showed the many ways one death could influence three people's lives. Both Jake and Sarah felt such an incredible sense of guilt over Ellie's death. Sarah was the last person to see Ellie alive that night while Jake was the last person Ellie called. Throughout the book, the reader witnesses Jake and Sarah hit so many highs and lows, as both question what they should've done, what they knew, and how they can move on. Their emotions jumped off the page and came to life, and throughout the book I wanted nothing more than the two of them to find peace. Jessie, however, was the really show-stealer here. At first I wasn't quite sure what role she would play - she didn't even seem to know Ellie very well, only in the role of her sister's incredibly intimidating best friend. Over the course of the novel, however, the reader learns that Ellie and Jessie had a larger connection than anyone could've imagined, and Jessie, just like Sarah and Jake, has equal amounts of quilt to share.
As hinted to above, the plot of this is incredibly character driven. 34 Pieces of You at its heart is a story of moving on and learning to make peace with the past. There was some mystery, though, in the form of what type of bond Ellie and Jessie shared, what had happened between Sarah and Jake in the past, and whether or not Ellie's death was truly an accident. All three questions managed to make the book move at a rapid speed, and by the end, I was quite satisfied with how everything turned out albeit a little heartbroken. (Side note: the scene with Jake and his dad at the airport? I cried a little...okay a lot.) What really shaped this novel into something special, however, was the 34 notes Ellie leaves behind. Each offered not only a personal, chilling view into Ellie's live but also more to Ellie's character than just the roles she is seen playing in each of the three perspectives.
In all, 34 Pieces of You is a novel that blew me away. So I urge you all to give this book a try - hopefully you all will enjoy it as much as I did!
I really enjoyed Jake, Ellie's older brother, as a character. Throughout the novel we see him go through a lot of things and hold Ellie's death on his shoulders. He blames himself even though it really isn't his fault. I felt so awful for him and wished I could have shown him it really wasn't his fault. We watch him long for Sarah, Ellie's best friend, from afar because for some reason he doesn't see how blatantly obvious it is that she loves him. Sarah and Jake's relationship was a glint of hope in this book and I really appreciated it.
Sarah was also oblivious to the fact that Jake loved her and I wanted to shove them in a room together so they could figure it out. Watching her deal with her best friends death while also trying to get herself out of the dark hole she dug for herself was heart breaking. I can't imagine trying to kill myself along with my friend and then living when she didn't. It would kill me and I can't imagine how Sarah felt. Seeing her vulnerable at times but growing stronger throughout this novel gave me hope that you can get through life even when you're at your lowest point.
Jess, Sarah's younger sister, is somehow tied to Ellie. I don't want to give any spoilers away but seeing her deal with Ellie's death and discover herself was heart breaking also. I wish Sarah and Jess would have leaned on each other more throughout this novel because I think it would have made it easier for them to deal with Ellie's death. Jess was so young and it was sad to see her innocence tainted with such tragedy but she was also very, very strong and I admired that.
Suicide is a very difficult topic to read about and I'm sure to write about. Carmen did a very good job depicting both sides of the story and I really appreciated her novel. I'm looking forward to reading more of her work and recommend you all read this book and enjoy it's awesomeness and embrace the truth of it.
"He looks away, toward another family moving through the greenhouse--a father and teenage daughter, her hand clinging to his arm. The way she holds on to him makes me think about my dad, how he'd move heaven and earth if I needed him. And I think about Jake and Ellie's father, how he walked out on them when they were so young. And how in the end it doesn't matter if you have a great dad or a horrible dad, because the truth is, even with the best parents we all lose our way."
"I stand, pulling my jacket tightly across my shoulders, lifting the hood over my head. I hug my bag to my chest. I blink rapidly and look out tat the world just beyond: the brown, patchy grass. A rusted car. The world is still shaky, but no for long. By nightfall the streets will be blanketed in crisp white snow, and everything will look clean again. Everything will feel possible again."