Thursday, February 23, 2017
All in Pieces, by Suzanne Young
A love story in a terribly depressing setting. One bad thing after another happens to Savannah. At first, it annoyed me that so many of her tragedy's were self-inflicted (or at least made worse) by her unwillingness to seek or accept help. After a while, I began to understand how central her pride was to her ability to survive. But in the end, when she throws away that pride as well, I returned to my disgust with her ego and her arrogance. We're told in the last chapter that she fixed up her life by accepting the help she had rejected throughout the novel, all of which seemed like a cop out. It was, in fact, that story of learning humility, finding inner peace, and learning to trust that was the interesting part of the story...but it simply wasn't there. It all happened off stage!
So, if you want to read a story about a girl that hits rock bottom and then -- after a big flash forward -- fixes her life, this would be a good story for you.