A New York Times Bestseller and named one of the Best Books of the Year by Amazon, Girl in Pieces is a hauntingly, traumatic read. The opening chapters of the book finds Charlie as a patient in a mental hospital for young girls. The beginning chapters are riddled with drops of clues that give you a little insight to how Charlie ended up in the mental hospital. Soon, Charlie finds herself being discharged from the hospital—not because she is ready but because her insurance and financial assistance from her absentee mother has been depleted.
“Everyone has that moment I think, the moment when something so momentous happens that it rips your very being into small pieces. And then you have to stop. For a long time, you gather your pieces. And it takes such a very long time, not to fit them back together, but to assemble them in a new way, not necessarily a better way. More, a way you can live with until you know for certain that this piece should go there, and that one there.”
Armed with a loose plan of what happens next, Charlie embarks on a journey of self-discovery and healing. Although that sounds cliché, Kathleen Glasgow tells a very raw and emotionally gripping story. I appreciated that this book did not wrap everything up into a neat bow. After Charlie leaves the hospital, her journey is not easy and is riddled with self-destructive behavior which makes the story feel more authentic and honest. While Charlie’s actions are sometimes hard to understand, Girl in Pieces is a journey that you will find yourself better for having experienced.