34 Pieces of You
Rodrigues, Carmen. 34 Pieces of You. NY: Simon Pulse, c2012. 323 pages.
Told in the voices of Jake, Sarah and Jessie, we also see glimpses of Ellie in the 34 paper scraps she left behind in a box. All of the characters, including Ellie have their secrets, and when she dies of a drug overdose, each of them feels some blame for her death. None of them are sure if it was accidental or intentional suicide, but they are all afraid it was. Through the narratives and Ellie's notes, you get a glimpse into the complicated events in her life and the complicated relationships that contribute to her hopelessness. Her death also impacts the three narrators as they struggle to find a way to move on with their lives. If you are looking for a book to read for Mrs. Boland's class, this is a complex one involving the obvious depression and suicide, but also drug abuse, self-mutilation, abusive relationships and gender identity.
Recommended for grades 9 and above. Review by Mrs. Belknap