Review: Bang by Barry Lyga @TheNovl @lbkids

31420736Published: April 18th 2017

Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Source: ARC via NOVL for review

My Rating: 4.25 Stars

A chunk of old memory, adrift in a pool of blood.

Sebastian Cody did something horrible, something no one–not even Sebastian himself–can forgive. At the age of four, he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father’s gun.

Now, ten years later, Sebastian has lived with the guilt and horror for his entire life. With his best friend away for the summer, Sebastian has only a new friend–Aneesa–to distract him from his darkest thoughts. But even this relationship cannot blunt the pain of his past. Because Sebastian knows exactly how to rectify his childhood crime and sanctify his past.

It took a gun to get him into this.

Now he needs a gun to get out.

Unflinching and honest, Bang is as true and as relevant as tomorrow’s headlines, the story of one boy and one moment in time that cannot be reclaimed.

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Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow + Giveaway

 

24879132Published: August 30th 2016

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Mental Health

Format: ARC Source: First In Line

My Rating: 5stars-600x201

Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

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I’ll start by saying that this book may be a trigger for some readers. There’s no shortage of issues in this book, so read at your own risk. It’s dark and gritty, and not what I thought going into it.

It took me roughly 2 days to get through Girl In Pieces. It’s a very heavily issued story; ranging from self harm, abuse, eating disorders, rape, etc… Our main character Charlie, along with side characters, are living in hell. There’s no other way to describe it. Life is tough, but this just felt like too much for anyone to go through. Yet, this is happening all over the world. I love that the author doesn’t gloss over the UGLY. There’s plenty of it to go around.

Charlie’s stream of consciousness is very sad. We get lucid thoughts and actions from her, but her fragmented thoughts also drove the story forward. Those chapters are short, which made the story progress even faster; even though you want to savor every little detail. My favorite parts in the beginning are her interactions with the other girls in the psych hospital. There’s her roommate Louisa, whom is also a cutter. Then there’s Blue, who has quite a mouth on her. She likes to antagonize Charlie, to make her talk. Charlie doesn’t talk the first few weeks that she’s there, but when she starts admitting to herself that she wants to get better and try to move on from what put her there, she finally speaks. Her fears and pain were so very real, and the way that the author characterized self harm in this story is really eye-opening. There were moments when I thought that I needed to just put the book down for a moment. 

The second half of the story is Charlie trying to put her life back together after she’s discharged. It was very hard. Just when I was thinking that life for Charlie was going to be all rainbows and sunshine, here comes an asshole. More than that, though, is Charlie’s craving for normal. She wants her life back the way it was before her dad died. She misses her best friend, Ellis’, touch. She wants Mikey to love her like he loves Ellis. It was just all written so boldly, and I admire the author for that. 

I highly recommend this book. It’s not just about cutting. Please don’t think that it’s all about cutting. 

 

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I ended up with 2 ARCs of Girl In Pieces, so I feel it is my duty to share this story with one of you lucky readers. To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form. This giveaway is US only. Sorry INT readers. I will have a giveaway for you guys soon.

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Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

23305614Published: June 9th 2015 by: Delacorte BFYR

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Mental Health

Format: Paperback Source: Won

My Rating: 4 Stars

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An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

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The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

23310763Published: November 3rd, 2015 

By: Feiwel & Friends

Genres: Young-Adult, Contemporary, Mental-Illness, Art, Romance

Format: Hardcover 

Source: Won 

My Rating: 5 Stars

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Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive, and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in her family’s closet tear them apart?

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