34 Pieces of You is a complicated, emotional, and mesmerizing account of four intertwined lives and the consequences of a dark childhood and many bad decisions. The book rotates between the perspectives of Jake, Sarah, and Jessie both before and after Ellie's death. Rodrigues carefully pulls back the layers of the characters' lives to get to the heart of so many dizzying emotions, and she makes it look effortless. Jake provides many interesting insights into Ellie's past as her brother, and his own struggles with their fractured family are arresting. Sarah's character and her friendship with Ellie reveals a lot about how Ellie presented herself to the world, kept people from getting too close to her, and how her actions affected her best friends. Jessie was perhaps the only person who caught a glimpse of the real Ellie, but she is so often overlooked. Her secrets are surprising at first, but when she finally confronts all of the difficult emotions she experiences, she is able to start to heal and understand. This story unfolds beautifully and the short, affecting chapters make it an engrossing and unforgettable. Rodrigues is an expressive writer; her ability to convey so much feeling without overwhelming readers with a surplus of words is effective and impressive. 34 Pieces of You is unforgettable and Carmen Rodrigues is incredibly talented.
Cover Comments: I like how dark this cover is, and how the girl is looking up. I think everything about it represents the story quite well.
This one will be available September 4th, 2012.
ARC picked up at Simon & Schuster party.