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What if your life wasn’t your own?

Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her reflection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, ...
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What if your life wasn’t your own?

Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her reflection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.

Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense. Can Liv rebuild the pieces of her broken
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This interesting story of a girl who can't remember her earlier life (or perhaps lives) ends up as science fiction but works best as a portrait of a girl's first encounters with high school relationships and romance. Liv's physician parents tell her that she's never before been to school. She wouldn't know; a car crash wiped out her memory. But she keeps hearing voices and remembering scenes from the lives, apparently, of two different girls whose voices intrude into her daily life at inopportune times. Nevertheless, she struggles to fit in with the students at her new high school. At first, she falls into the popular crowd, although alpha girl Sabrina grows increasingly hostile toward her when Liv makes friends with Sabrina's old boyfriend, Spencer. Spencer is sympathetic to Liv, but he has problems of his own that cause him to behave in a mercurial fashion toward her. Once her up-and-down relationship with Spencer finally grows into a romance and the two can work together, Liv at last confronts her past. Madsen presents a storyline that, if implausible at its techno-thriller resolution, seems entirely acceptable leading up to that point. Liv's high school relationships, especially her conflicts with the popular girls and her first dealings with romance, ring nicely true. Intriguing. (Romance/thriller. 12-16)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620611302
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/11/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 248,703
  • File size: 285 KB

Meet the Author


Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes this makes her a crazy person. Without it, she'd be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they're sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She lives in Colorado with her husband and three children.
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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Great twists and turns

    Liv wakes up with no recollection of the accident that changed her life or anything of life before. Her parents decide to move across the country as soon as she's able to move and she quickly learns that asking questions about the accident or her past is one way to upset her parents. In her new high school Liv quickly joins the popular crowd but is intrigued by the quiet, loner Spencer. While trying to figure out the intricacies of her new high school she begins to have dreams where she’s living the life of two very different girls. Is this a side effect of the accident and subsequent surgeries, are these memories of people she no longer remembers or is something else happening? Cindi Madsen has written one heck of a mystery with funny, believable characters. This was a page-turner, I just *had* to know what was going to happen next!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2013

    I'm not one to leave reviews because i'm not very good with word

    I'm not one to leave reviews because i'm not very good with words but this book is the exception. Livs' story keeps you guessing until the truth comes out. You feel and connect with everything she feels. Her frustration, confusion,trust and love.Then there is Spencer. He's not perfect but really what guy is. Even tho he has his on problems to sort thru, he is excatly the rock Liv needs. He comes off as a jerk at first because he don't feel like he's worthy of anything but being alone. Together they help each other heal. He kept me frustrated but all in a good way.  This story shows that not everything is easy but once it happens it turns out to be worth it in the end. He believes her no matter how crazy she sounds and helps her uncover the truth. To sum this book up it's a must read. A perfect mix of love and teenage mistakes and inner strength. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2013

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    4.5 Stars! This is such a unique concept that's equal parts cree

    4.5 Stars! This is such a unique concept that's equal parts creepy, cool and romantic. There's also kissing which I'm a HUGE fan of! Liv appears to suffer from multiple personalities and one might jump to conclusions that's she's either schizophrenic or riding the crazy train, but she's not. Even though she has no memory of her life before her accident, she does have really vivid dreams she can't explain and the answers she gets from her parents are shady at best. When she starts a new school, she longs to find a place to fit in, but that's almost always easier said than done. The voices aren't much help as they argue about whether she should hang with the popular crowd or be friends with everyone.

    Spencer is the one person she can be herself with, even if she isn't exactly sure "who" that self is. When we first meet him, he's a giant angrypants but the more he and Liv hang out, the more he lets his guard down. *clutches Spencer* He's as broken as Liv is, but in different ways and my heart melted into a big puddle of swoon as they worked through her list of "firsts", slowly rebuilding each other along the way.

    The "creepy" element comes into play as you try to figure out what the heck happened to Liv and when everything is revealed, it's a total "WHOA!" moment. The ending was both unexpected and bittersweet and had me crying ALL THE TEARS! :)

    One of the things I enjoyed about this read is that there's nothing to cringe about. It has it's heart melting kisses but no sexy parts and the language is mild.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2013

    I have to be honest. I don't usually read highschool drama/roman

    I have to be honest. I don't usually read highschool drama/romance novels. Even in adult litature I don't believe the love story 90% of the time. Most of the time I put love stories down because my eyes start to hurt after all my "yeah right" eye rolls. But Cindi convinced me that real love can exist in a teen novel. Cindi created two very belivable characters who really truly care about each other. But butterflies in the pit of the stomache aren't the only thing that Cindi gives the reader. The mystery that grabs the reader from page one is strong and exciting. I love a good mystery that opens up bit by bit, just giving you enough to want more - and Cindi did that effortlessly ( well at least made it look effortlessly). It's funny because I can't decide if I should write about the characters, the mytery,or the love story - but only because they all move along at an exiting smooth pace that one doesn't over power the other. It builds together and takes the reader on a journey through love, highschool, family and life all wrap in a thrilling mystery. Well done Cindi, I can't wait to read what you write next!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2012

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    Can someone make a movie out of this book, please? It'd be part

    Can someone make a movie out of this book, please? It'd be part thriller, part romance, part awesomeness! I cannot get over how much I loved this book. It's almost like a physiological contemporary and I loved every moment of it. Part sweet and part intense... I couldn't put this book down until the end and it's easily worked its way onto my favorites list.




    I had so many theories when I read the synopsis. Then I had more theories as I read. Even though I ended up being right... all the mishaps, discoveries, and adorable moments along the way just made it so worth it. How would you feel waking up, instantly moving and not remembering absolutely anything from your previous life? To have to completely start over and not even remember trivial things like how to ride a bike or if you had a boyfriend in the past?




    Spencer and Liv are like that couple that you pass in the halls of school and want to throw up because they're so adorable. Yet, I absolutely love everything about their relationship. Spencer starts off being hot and cold but all he becomes is the most adorable boy you could ever want. Watching him help Liv figure out her past and not running is just another reason to not let that kid go. And, Liv... isn't quite right. She's quite mixed up honestly yet there's a reason for it all and I loved her strength through every moment.




    Overall, I absolutely loved this book. It had it's twists, it's turns, it's crazy moments, and all it's sweet moments. I absolutely loved how it was like a thriller slash contemporary. You're constantly trying to figure out what is going on in Liv's head while also watching a girl try to start a new life. I absolutely loved all the revelations and thrilling moments that seem to creep up on you while reading. This was one of those books that once I picked up, I could not flip the pages fast enough. I just had to know what was happening and how it would end. Totally loved and highly suggest picking this one up!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2012

    All the Broken Pieces leaves me with one word: WOW. This is a st

    All the Broken Pieces leaves me with one word: WOW. This is a story wholly unlike any I've read before, and whomever says there are no original ideas anymore, is wrong.

    There is so much that I want to say about All the Broken Pieces that I don't even know where to start. The story begins with a girl, in a room, with no recollection of who or where she is. The only details she can get are from her concerned, overprotective parents, and are vague at best. Liv soon realizes that there seem to be three distinct personalities living in her brain, two distinct opposite, and her's, that remains somewhere in the middle, yet dominant. When Liv's family quickly uproots and she enrolls at a new school, those voices try to lead her down two very different paths, but Liv chooses her own, again, somewhere in the middle. That path leads her to Spencer, a cute, smart guy, who is also a loner. Despite his best intentions, Liv becomes becomes Spencer's friend, slowly. When she finally reveals her secret, that she has no memories, he puts them on a quest to make new memories. But the more time goes by, the more vivid Liv's dreams of another life become. And with Spencer's help, she finally decides to uncover the truth, no matter how horrific it is sure to be.

    Besides the unique, horrific, and yes, sort of genius unfolding of the story, Cindi Madsen has a real talent for creating realistic, easy-to-love characters. Liv was heartbreaking. Her struggle to maintain a grip on her sanity, find out the truth, fit in at a new school, all the while keeping a wicked sense of humor, made me embrace her. Being a person who will not shut up until I have all the facts, I did at times found her reluctance to push her parents, and Spencer, for absolute truth frustrating. But when I stopped and remembered that she is a scared girl who woke up with a scar on her chest and staples in her head, I gained patience.

    Spencer, a quiet, broody loner who listens to music to drown other people at school out, he reminded me a bit of Owen from Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. After an accident he (sort of) caused, Spencer shut everyone out, but when Liv comes to town, he slowly lets her into her life. As much as his silence about the past and his hot-and-cold nature bothered Liv (and me), Spencer's eagerness at helping Liv gain new, happy memories made me fall in love with him. Their relationship, full of witty jabs and smart remarks, is my favorite type to read about. I loved them as friends and I loved them as a team.

    All the Broken Pieces was a beautifully written story of two broken people who help piece one another back together. The ending truly shocked me and the epilogue broke me. It's a story that I want to reread, just to see if I can grab onto more pieces that I missed the first time.

    Smart, Funny, Heartbreaking, Shocking, and Unique, All the Broken Pieces is a story that I won't forget.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2012

    This book is amazing! I love a book with a good mystery that kee

    This book is amazing! I love a book with a good mystery that keeps me guessing and this one did not disappoint. Liv was such an interesting character to read and I felt completely connected to her and her story. And let me just say, I loved Spencer!! The perfect boy for Liv. Cindi Madsen is an author that knows how to grab your attention and keep you on the edge of your seat wanting more.This is definitely a book you want to go into spoiler free, so I will stop there. Engaging and beautifully written, ALL THE BROKEN PIECES is a book you will not be able to put down. Loved this book!

    Big five stars from me!

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

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    What would you do if you woke up with no memory of your past, no

    What would you do if you woke up with no memory of your past, none whatsoever.  That is what happens to Olivia "Liv" Stein.  Liv finds herself awakening from a coma with not only no memory of her past, she also has a huge scar in her chest and another on her neck, and has been in an terrible accident that she has no recollection of.  Her mom and dad suddenly move her across the country to a new state, new town, new people, even though she doesn't even remember the old people in her life.  Her mother is quite overprotective and when Olivia questions her about her past, she gets stonewalled, causing her to feel like something isn't quite right.  Meanwhile, Liv thinks she is losing her mind, hearing conflicting voices in her head, having dreams of people she doesn't recognize, dreams that seem more like memories.  After making the decision to attend the local high school, Liv finds herself friends with the "popular crowd," well sort of.  She also meets a boy, Spencer, who comes off as a loner and a jerk, but ends up becoming her best friend.  Spencer has a lot of his own issues that he is trying to work past, and his mood swings are.....difficult.....to say the least.  




    Spencer and Liv begin to spend more and more time together.  She tells him what happened, and he is determined for her to experience all the things she has forgotten, even making a "bucket list" of sorts, of things Liv needs to do.  Liv finds herself falling hard for Spencer, but gets mixed signals from him as to where their relationship is going.  Because of things that have happened in Spencer's past, he feels he cannot or does not deserve to have a relationship.  These feelings that stem from guilt, anger, and regret, yet he has been a lifeline for Liv, helping her put together all the broken pieces of her life.  Heartbroken, Liv decides to date someone, only this doesn't go over well with Spencer, and he must come to terms with what happened or face losing any chance at a relationship with Liv.  As Liv's memories become clearer, yet more confusing at the same time, with Spencer's help she finds out the truth surrounding her mysterious past.  An inevitable confrontation takes place that results in Liv having to face the unbelievable truth of what has happened to her, and she must make a decision as to how she is going to deal with that truth, which will affect not only her, but those she has come to care so deeply for.  




    I really liked this book.  The plot was amazing and mysterious, causing you to think you know what is going on, then keeping you guessing at the same time.  As the truth unravels, it even has sort of a sci-fi feel to it.  Then of course there is the romance, my favorite part, and Cindi Madsen has done a fantastic job in pulling everything together.  I really liked Liv's character.  Though she struggles with who she is, she still really wants to do the right thing for everyone.  I loved Spencer.  Even though he comes across as a jerk sometimes, he redeems himself......swoon......not to mention he is really hot.  I enjoyed the relationship between Liv and Spencer, watching it develop from friendship to something more, as they each dealt with their brokenness, while trying to help the other as well.  The romance was sweet, and Spencer even had his sexy moments.  Then there was the mystery behind what really happened to Liv, why she is having these weird memories and conflicting voices, and why her parents really moved her so quickly, which was intriguing and thrilling.  Then of course there is the ending, and the book ended very well, even having an epilogue, and I so love epilogues.  Overall, I really enjoyed this story.  If you enjoy YA contemporary romance mixed with mystery and intrigue, with the added bonus of a little bit of a science fiction feel to it (you'll see what I mean when you get to the end of the book), then I would definitely recommend that you check out All the Broken Pieces.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2013

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    Cant you leave short review . Reveiws arent so you can freaking tell tje book over you say like . It was good you shod read it not in the beginning and soforth thats why peole read the book so you dont have to tell them

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Predictable but none the less, a good read

    Great hook and well written. I could smell the twists chapters before they happened...good foreshadowing. By the way, "Victoria Francesca Stein"? Just awesome haha!

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  • Posted January 17, 2013

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    Reviewed by: Valerie Book provided by: Publisher Review original

    Reviewed by: Valerie
    Book provided by: Publisher
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book




    When I started reading Liv’s story, I was immediately reminded of another book, The Adoration of Jenna Fox. Both books have characters that have been involved in an accident, were both in a coma, and have big secrets being withheld from them.




    Liv was a likable character. When her parents felt she was well enough to venture out she went to school and dealt with all the cliques and problems teens have but I really felt for her because she had no memories of anything – pop culture, music, growing up – no memories at all. I felt her frustration as she tried to deal with two different voices in her head besides her own and kept trying over and over to find out what happened to her.




    Enter Spencer. Hot boy with a shady past and lots of layers. He wasn’t instantly likable but did have that lure that bad boys have. When he and Liv crossed paths, the sparks flew and I wondered how long until they hooked up, despite the fact that everyone warned Liv away from him. I liked the playful side he brought to the story as he encouraged Liv to try out several mundane things for the first time and became her strongest ally.




    The writing style of this story kept me engaged but it was the secrets each character was hiding that really hooked me. The secondary characters were enjoyable, as well as the pacing, and the story ended in a way that was satisfying.

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  • Posted December 20, 2012

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           I really connected with Liv and I was so intrigued by the

           I really connected with Liv and I was so intrigued by the plot of All the Broken Pieces. Cindi Madsen pulled it off beautifully. 
          I lives the characters as well as Olivia's voice. Spencer was an enigma and hot, just how I like my literary boys to be. Tough guys with tenderness. I really appreciated how he took everything in stride and believed the impossible with Liv.
            I felt like I was always on the verge of figuring out exactly what was going on with Liv and why she couldn't remember anything but why she was having these strange dreams or flashes of other people and the warring voices in her head. By the end, I had figured out a few of the pieces of the puzzle correctly but it was still a spectacular ending and there were still a few things that I hadn't figured out as well as how they all fit together. 
             I was surprised at the emotions i felt reading this. Liv really had a beautiful voice, and I got right inside her head. The constant confusion and heartache she felt really came off the page. As well as trying to figure out who was really on her side, if everything was a lie, what to think of her parents, her fear that they or she did something terrible and she just can't remember. The romantic tension with Spencer was also well written. I never quite knew what to think of him, but I loved their playful teasing and banter and the glances of tenderness and how he really cares for others and is in pain with some of the things he keeps hidden about his past. 
            The rest of the secondary characters were superb as well. Kiera was a great addition to this story and i loved her bubbles and friendliness. Sabrina was also written well and I was wondering what was brewing there. I do think that there was a bit of rushed and unbelievable resolution with their relationship but i can forgive it because of how everything else resolved. 
          I flew through this book and loved every minute of it. 
    Bottom line: Connected with main character, and loved the premise and how it was executed.

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