Review: 34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues

Title: 34 Pieces of You
Author: Carmen Rodrigues
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 336
Rating: 4.5 Owls

Goodreads Summary:

A dark and moving novel—reminiscent of Thirteen Reasons Why—about the mystery surrounding a teenage girl’s fatal overdose.

There was something about Ellie... Something dangerous. Charismatic. Broken. Jake looked out for her. Sarah followed her lead. And Jess kept her distance, and kept watch.

Now Ellie’s dead, and Jake, Sarah, and Jess are left to pick up the pieces. All they have are 34 clues she left behind. 34 strips of paper hidden in a box beneath her bed. 34 secrets of a brief and painful life.

Jake, Sarah, and Jess all feel responsible for what happened to Ellie, and all three have secrets of their own. As they begin to confront the darkest truths about themselves, they will also find out what Ellie herself had been hiding all along....


I'm surprised it took me so long to read this novel, because it was definitely deserving of a shorter read. It was gripping and fascinating.

34 Pieces of You is, in a nutshell, Pretty Little Liars mixed with 13 Reasons Why mixed with Ellen Hopkins. It truly is unique combination of ideas and thoughts. 

And I loved every second of it.

34 Pieces of You was primarily about a girl named Ellie. The novel focused around her. (And, oh yeah, she's dead.) The book was told from three perspectives, which at times was a bit confusing, not because I couldn't keep the storylines separate, but because the timeline shifted so often. For example, one chapter might start "Jessie: Before. November." And then the next chapter would be "Jessie: After. April." This wouldn't have been so bad if it was only one storyline, but the book had three of them in it, and watching them all move in different places hurt my brain. I still managed to keep a fairly certain grasp on the plot, but it got a bit confusing at times.

The thing I loved most about the novel is how the characters were so well-developed. You could see them bleeding on the pages, and I loved it. Rodrigues illustrated so boldly with her words; I could smell and taste everything that was being said.

34 Pieces of You was a quick, heart-stopping read that made me feel so much. Rodrigues is now on my list of authors to watch.

4.5 Owls


Waiting on Wednesday: 9/26

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at breakingthespine.blogspot.com, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 
My  pick of the week is:
Crash (Visions, #1)
If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of four books from the New York Timesbestselling author of the Wake trilogy.Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.

What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode...and nine body bags in the snow.

The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more she sees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.

In this riveting start to a gripping series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality.
What's your pick? Let me know in the comments! Link me! If you like what you see, follow me!

Teaser Tuesday: 9/25

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My current read is:

Let's hold hands and pretend together.
That is my teaser sentence! (It's one of the 34 pieces! Shhhh.)
A review of this book will be up soon, but I encourage you all to go out and buy this book. It's dark, twisty, and full of everything that cover is not. (In fact, I'm wondering why that cover designer was given the job. That cover is so completely misleading.)


My Undue Hiatus

Hi, everyone. So sorry for the incidental break -- I've been swamped with schoolwork lately. For some reason, I decided to make my life hell and take all the extremely difficult and time-consuming classes. I expect to return to blogging more frequently once I figure out how to manage my time properly -- I've only read 36 pages since the school year has started. For me, that was August 27th.



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