Another book I like, how surprising. Girl in Pieces is a novel that is fiction, and deals with self-harm, suicide, addiction, and a plethora of other mental health issues, so this is your warning if you cannot handle that kind of content. To those who can, this novel is a sad one, no if and buts about it. Charlie Davis is a girl, who at seventeen, has probably seen more sadness and pain than an average person does in their lifetime. However, we get to learn about all of this as the book continues, because no spoilers will be given from my side. All that I can say is that she is in a psychiatric facility that helps people get better and lower their dependence on self-harm so they can stay clean. In the beginning, she seems like a person who observes, the chapters are short, suggesting she does not like to say much, and the longer chapters are describing other people and other things and situations and scenarios. As the book develops, we see her and she starts to get more comfortable while “talking” and talks about herself more. Then we get to learn about her, how she got to where she is, and how she will get better, if she gets better that is.
The story is not a unique one in the sense that many in this world crowded with people can relate to Charlie. This story is important, it shows how one has peaks and valleys when dealing with recovery. At some points, it does show the romanticism around mental illness, however it is more so to tell the reader that it is okay to be accepting of love, and that one’s illness does not immediately lead to a lonely, sorrowful life. It does not shy away from the feelings of loss and burden and pain. Girl in Pieces is a novel that has the capability of telling other people who are suffering in silence that they in fact do have a voice and should use it. -M