About 34 Pieces of You
Hardcover | 352 pages | ISBN 1442439068 | Simon Pulse
A dark and moving novel 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 thirty-four clues she left behind. Thirty-four strips of paper hidden in a box beneath her bed. Thirty-four 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 confront the past, they will discover not only the darkest truths about themselves, but also what Ellie herself had been hiding all along.
"...Through their alternating voices, the author expertly explores the murky waters of teen sexuality, drugs, and love with tastefully portrayed and touching scenes that will appeal to fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky (MTV Books, 1999/VOYA December 1999)..." --Erin Forson, VOYA
"...Told from the alternating viewpoints of Jess, Jake, and Sarah, the story is most moving when portraying the grief of those left behind after a teen’s death. Recommend this to readers looking for something similar to Thirteen Reasons Why (2007), by Jay Asher, and remind them to keep a box of tissues nearby." -- Diane Colson, Booklist
"...A realistic journey covering both before and after the death of a loved one, 34 Pieces of You will appeal to fans of serious, realistic fiction such as Cut by Patricia McCormick and Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson." --Shanyn Day, Shelf Awareness