- File Size: 333 KB
- Print Length: 123 pages
- Publisher: Little G Books; 2 edition (July 27, 2012)
- Publication Date: July 27, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008SB9TB4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,170,436 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Jigsaw Pieces Kindle Edition
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Annie finds herself in a cocoon as she searches for answers and when they come, she experiences a loss of innocence as she discovers how cruel men can be to one another. Yet, a protecting hand frees her to move forward in a linear fashion as she goes on to college in a more comforting setting.
Even so, it comes as a shock when a classmate commits suicide. Though she didn't particularly like the young man or his friends, events conspire to make her suspect that there is more to his suicide than immediately meets the eye. In response, she decides to delve into the mystery, trying to reconcile her investigation with school, a largely absent mother, and her newly-born relationship with a silent World War I veteran. What she finds is shocking and sad.
Ms. Hedges has a real knack for 'hearing' the reality of the lives of young adults. Annie's voice is authentic, whether in the dialogue between herself and other characters or in her inner monologue. She is not a girl who minces words, though she does know when to be respectful of those who are older. It was refreshing to read a protagonist who is not perfect, either physically or emotionally. Just her physical description, plump and ordinary, is enough to set her aside from the pack of predictably gorgeous (though they never know it, of course) heroines in much YA literature, but Ms. Hedges also gives her character the advantage of realism in her actions toward other characters, particularly her rival in finding the truth, Lee Scott. She is very competitive with him, and frankly rather unkind at times. While these are not particularly lovely traits, they do make her feel very real to the reader.
The subplot, involving the WWI vet, makes a nice counterpoint to Annie's prickly interchanges with fellow students. Just when it begins to seem that she is not a particularly likeable character, her relationship with Billy is highlighted. Annie's soft center is revealed in her kind dealings with this delicate man, leaving the reader with hope that she will finally find the final jigsaw piece in her life that will make her whole and happy.
A warning must be made that this is not a book for younger kids. There are a few instances of strong language that are more appropriate to older YA readers, and allusions to child pornography that might prove troublesome to some parents.
Taken altogether, though, Ms. Hedges has produced an absorbing snapshot of a complex girl; it is a picture which bears repeated viewings.
I give Hedges a lot of credit for writing about such a serious and emotional topic. She didn't shy away from any feelings that her MC needed to go through. Since suicide is unfortunately a topic many people come in contact with in their lifetime, this story is sure to have an impact.
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By Carol Hedges
Ok this is a book aimed at teenagers, the YA readers, so some of the authentic teenspeak dialogue and teenage girl logic sticks in...Read more