Find Yourself in "34 Pieces of You"

34 Pieces of You 
 Title:  34 Pieces of Me
Author:  Carmen Rodrigues
Format:  Print ARC
Length:  336 pages
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Rating:  5 Stars

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....Goodreads



 My Thoughts

Ellie was beautiful...Ellie was smart...Ellie took too many pills...and now Ellie is dead.

This book gives readers an all too real snapshot of just what happens when someone commits suicide.
Though the pain may be over for the person in question; the wounds and devastation left for family and friends of the lost loved one never ends.

In most cases, the people left behind are asking themselves and all who will listen one question.
WHY? 

"34 Pieces of You" will haunt all the secret places and darkest corners of your mind.  As you make your way through its pages, you will find pieces of yourself.

You may be Ellie, a person who for whatever reason has felt or is feeling that things would be "so much better" for everybody if...

You may be Jake, the sibling that has to go through life with the "if only" that losing a brother or sister causes.
If only I had stayed.
If only I had been there.
If only...

You may be the girlfriend or boyfriend whose heart is now in taters.  The one blaming him or herself for not "loving your lost love enough."

You may be Sarah, the best friend, the shadow, the first one to see all the signs, but not be able to read them.  The last one to see, hear, or speak to that person.  Your pain being just a little different  than the others because...

I thought you said that you would never leave me?

These are the stories that are told with heartrendingly elegant style in 34 Pieces of You.

This book tells readers that every link in the chains that form the emotional bonds that we need in life is important.  When Ellie breaks her chain, the weaknesses created by the loss of her strength allow all the inner demons in the lives of those she loved and that her presence kept at bay,  to reek unchecked havoc in their lives.

Ellie told her story...In 34 pieces.
34 scraps of frayed paper.
34 reasons WHY?
34 questions answered too late.
34 cries for help unheard. 

I recommend this book to anyone who has ever considered or attempted to take their own life.
Please know that life is so precious. YES, EVEN YOURS!
There is help there for the asking.
and...
YOU ARE LOVED!

 Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


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