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Posted September 30, 2013
Posted September 8, 2013
This is an amazing book! I really enjoyed how well it was paced; the story flowed flawlessly.
The character development was great with just the right amount of detail and dialogue to keep the reader intrigued.
To be honest, I read the entire book in only a few sittings; I couldn't seem to put it down.
I can’t wait until the next book comes out!
Posted September 12, 2013
Posted August 25, 2013
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Review by Lisa
The Cover: The cover is ok, it's sweet and caught my attention.
The Characters: I really liked the characters in this book. They are strong and honest.
The Story Line: The story line was great and I like the way it played out.
The Writing Style: It was great - easy to read and no errors (that I recall)
The Ending: Great ending.
...I really enjoyed this book!
When i picked it up and started reading I was immediately drawn in. The author creates a huge question right from the start and you can't help but read on, desperate to find out the answer.
The more you read, the more drawn in you are and before you know it the story is wide open.
I love how Cole was gentle and sweet, yet he was a player (but not) and also he was rough and gruff when he had to be. The characters were great and there are so many entwined lives that there could easily be a second book or third, about each person/couple.
I would absolutely recommend this book.
Posted August 23, 2013
Pieces of Me is about learning to love, and learning to trust – others as well as yourself. It is about picking up the broken pieces and trying to make them fit together to create a whole again.
And you carefully gather the pieces of yourself. You collect them together in your mind. The old pieces, the new pieces, the ones that are too shattered for you to tell what they are. You collect them and hold them close. You will need these pieces one day.
Delaney is a fabulous but heartbreaking character. She moved across the country to go to college in an attempt to get away from her past, but because the past was in her head she never really truly could put it behind her. We watch her through the story as she tries to make herself over into a new person so she can attempt to be a "normal" teenage girl again, but the memories of her past continually get in her way.
Grace is the kind of friend every girl needs. She is fun and outgoing and tries to help Delaney come out of her shell. Sometimes she may push too far, but only because she cares and cannot really understand what Delaney was going through. But how could she? Grace had everything in life Delaney didn't, a loving home, a great family, and a really great guy.
Cole…holy crap what to say about Cole? He is the kind of guy your momma warned you about. He doesn't "do" relationships and is all about moving from one girl to the next. However, he's not your typical "bad boy" screw 'em and leave 'em type of character, which I think is what I love most about him. He is honest about what he wants and is open, friendly, and a lot of fun.
I truly believe that the characters make the story. Besides the three mentioned above, the rest of the supporting characters were all made interesting and engaging as well. Each brought their own personality to the story and helped it come together into a meaningful narrative. And, while the story told here is not new, the author's execution of the tale was fabulous. Not only did Ann Garner do a wonderful job creating her characters, the rest of the story, the setting, the mood, and just all the small detail, was great as well. The underlying theme of the story was dark and painful, but the author was able to turn it into something beautiful. There was so much emotion infused in the story - I will warn you that it is definitely a tear jerker, so be prepared, but it also had its laugh out loud moments as well.
As a first book for Ann Garner I would say this one is a winner. I have no idea what she has planned for the future, but I really would love to see more of her characters (Robby anyone?). So I would just like to wish you good luck and say thank you for the opportunity to read your story.
Posted August 21, 2013
3.5 out of 5 stars
This felt too short. It was a good story, good plot, wasn't really lacking in any section (except maybe the end). Delaney is damaged and she knows it. She tries to finally break out of her shell with the help of her roommate Grace. As a result she falls for her brother Cole. There is of course some back and forth, some drama, until there is finally peace and happiness. It was somewhat predictable, but still enjoyable and very well-written.
Delaney was somewhat predictable and it was easy to figure out what had happened to her back home. Considering what had happened, she was surprisingly put together. She did have a good head on her shoulders which is nice. She doesn't fall the the dick. She could be a somewhat good person to look up to, especially after a traumatic event. I just didn't like the boring-ness/predictability.
Cole was actually a good guy. He seems like the 'bad boy' but he actually isn't. He may have made his rounds with women, but he treated everyone right and really did care for others. He is very swoon-worthy! He was predictable like Delaney, but he wasn't boring by any means. Grace was fun as well. She was a good friend and they did interact very similar to how my bestie and I act! It's nice to read a book where it makes sense and isn't a huge stretch from reality.
This was a book I would certainly recommend. I do wish there was more about the different pieces as they are only mentioned in the beginning and end really. Also I wish it was a bit longer to see how people react as they find out the news-maybe even from different POVs. It was well written, and I enjoyed it; it just wasn't a favorite for this year. Definitely still looking forward to more by this author!
Posted August 13, 2013
Before I begin, I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.
“I want you. I want us.”
“I watch as his hands uncurl in his lap, first one then the other. He lifts one toward me and I see the hesitancy in his eyes. It makes me want to cry, because this is what I was afraid of, his knowledge changing everything between us.”
Oh my Lord. *wipes eyes with sleeve* Pieces of Me was THAT kind of book. The kind to toy with your emotions and tie your stomach in knots. I laughed, I cried, I huffed out in exasperation, and then I cried some more. Breathtakingly beautiful and heartbreakingly poignant, this book took a piece of my soul, a part of me that I know I won’t get back after reading this heartfelt book.
“And you carefully gather the pieces of yourself. You collect them together in your mind. The old pieces, the new pieces, the ones that are too shattered for you to tell what they are. You collect them and hold them close.”
“You dream about the day you will no longer be pieces of yourself.”
Right from the start, I knew Delaney was broken. And not just from the words on the page, no. Her pain is so sharp, so jagged, it was impossible for me not to feel its presence after the first few pages.
“I wanted him to suffer like I had suffered. I wanted him to feel as broken and beaten and worthless as he made me feel. He damaged so much of me.”
As a result of her ordeal, Delaney packs her bags and moves far away from her hometown for college. She is quiet, reserved, and skittish, the complete opposite of her outgoing roommate, Grace, who happens to be the sister of the most notorious man-slut on campus. When she first meets Grace’s brother Cole, she is instantly attracted to him, and for the first time in four years, she is comfortable around another male.
“She watches you. She relaxes more when you’re in the room. You just have to give her some room, Cole, she’ll come around.”
Oh Cole! He is the perfect guy for Delaney. Despite his reputation, he never disrespects her or makes her feel inferior. As for Delaney’s ordeal, I suspected abuse or rape, but when I read the first snippet that hinted at what happened, it was like…BAM. Shocked. Speechless. My heart broke for Delaney, and at the really detailed parts, I had tears trickling down my face.
“It was like being broken into a thousand different pieces. But worse is the knowledge that those pieces are never going to fit the same way they did before. That they aren’t just broken, they’re…dirty. And it doesn’t matter how many people tell you it isn’t your fault, that you have nothing to be ashamed of, you can’t help but feel that you’ll never be all the way clean again.”
Delaney’s horrifying experiences is a delicate subject, and what I love so much about Ann’s writing style is how she carefully, expertly weaves Delaney’s ordeal into the story. Nothing is downplayed or overstated, and every word counts.
“I will never be able to explain exactly what he has done for me, what he has given me back. I wish I had the words to tell him how I feel. He was the last piece that I needed to put myself back together.”
There were definitely some times in the book I didn’t agree with Delaney’s choices, but I understood that it had to be her decision to let go, to face her fears, and to move on. This was her journey to find herself, to be determined to battle her demons.
“You’re so strong, Del, so beautiful.”
“I don’t want you any less.”
“I don’t love you any less.”
It was extremely heartwarming to see Delaney heal, both physically and emotionally. I am a firm believer of happy endings, and she definitely deserved it after everything she went through. I hope Ann makes this book into a series because these characters are in my heart and I just can’t let go of them yet!
5 MAGNIFICENT STARS!!!
Posted August 11, 2013
I was caught at the very beginning of the book by this author. I loved how she was able to make you relate the characters in a way that made them seem real. Also the authors descriptive narrative really drew a picture in my mind of what was going on. I found myself on one hand rooting for the main character Delaney, and at other times wanting to shake some sense into her. Truly allowed me to be able to be in her mind though and see the inner battles she was going through due to her past. If you are looking for a story about love despite the ugliness of the world- and ready to go through this journey with her... then this is your book. Very well written and I look forward to more from this author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 6, 2013
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