Title: All in Pieces by Suzanne Young
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Published by: Simon Pulse (Nov. 8th, 2016)
That’s how they classified Savannah Sutton after she stuck a pencil in her ex-boyfriend’s hand because he mocked her little brother, Evan, for being disabled. That’s why they sent her to Brooks Academy—an alternative high school that’s used as a temporary detention center.
The days at Brooks are miserable, but at home, life is far more bleak. Savvy’s struggling to take care of her brother since her mom left years ago, and her alcoholic dad can’t be bothered. Life with Evan is a constant challenge, but he’s also the most important person in the world to Savvy.
Then there’s Cameron, a new student at Brooks with issues of his own, a guy from a perfect family that Savvy thought only existed on TV. Cameron seems determined to break through every one of the walls Savvy’s built around herself—except if she lets herself trust him, it could make everything she’s worked so hard for fall apart in an instant.
And with her aunt seeking custody of her brother and her ex-boyfriend seeking revenge, Savvy’s fighting to hold all the pieces together. But she’s not sure how much tighter she can be pulled before she breaks completely.
Honestly, All in Pieces absolutely exceeded my expectations – and they were already pretty high to begin with. This book was just that good! There’s just something about the way Suzanne Young writes that gets you completely absorbed into her books, and All in Pieces was no different. It was such an engaging story and it was one that I never wanted to stop reading.
All of the characters were so phenomenal and complex as well. They were so real. Yes, they had struggles, but just because Savannah and her friends went to a detention school it didn’t mean they were “bad.” They had their problems, yes, but it was a great reminder that there is two sides to every story. Savannah and her friends, Retha and Travis, really were a family for each other and I loved how they always supported and were there for each other no matter what.
I absolutely adored Cameron as well. He was so sweet to Savannah and made such a great love interest. He was also so patient and kind with Savannah’s brother, Evan, which I loved. To me, he wasn’t that typical, broody, bad boy love interest and I really appreciated that.
The actual storyline and plot just broke my heart. I wanted to give both Savannah and Evan a big hug. Also, just a heads up, there is a lot of heavy content in this book including drug addiction, alcoholism, and physical and sexual assault.
I do appreciate though, that while this book was heavy, it ultimately left me feeling hopeful.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were phenomenal and the writing was so well done. I feel like I’ve just been repeating myself throughout this entire review, but that is just because All in Pieces was that good!! I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a compelling and honest read.
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