Friday, May 2, 2014

{Review} Falling To Pieces by Jamie Canosa

Suffering the bitter tongues of her alcoholic mother and cruel boyfriend, Jade struggles just to look at herself in the mirror. She hates her life, her insecurities, her ineptitudes, but most of all . . . Jade hates herself. She wants nothing more than to disappear, and everyone seems happy to let her. Until Kiernan Parks moves back into town. 

Jade’s been crushing on him ever since kindergarten, when his family moved away. But now he’s back, and looking better than ever. 

Hiding is a way of life for Jade, but Kiernan insists on uncovering the real girl he’s sees trapped inside her. On drawing her out of her shell, and showing her that she is someone worthy of love. 

Together, they fight back the darkness she’s living in. But when they finally step into the light, will the secret Kiernan’s been trying to keep buried destroy Jade, once and for all? 

For some people, happy endings are a fairytale.

My Thoughts

This book was very emotional and most of the time you were cringing at the cruel words being spewed at Jade throughout the story. I often felt awful for her and knew there were kids like that in the world who are treated the same. And it made my heart break even more!

Everything seemed hopeless to Jade and even when people were trying to be nice to her, she felt they had an ulterior motive behind the sweetness. She didn't trust anyone and if I were her, I wouldn't either! 

At school she was constantly abused verbally and at home where she was suppose to feel safe and loved, she never had that either.... It was just sad all over the place... 

Until Kiernan walks back into town everything seemed hopeless to Jade. He tried bringing Jade out of her shell and it took a while for him to coax her out but he eventually did and showed her a world she never could have imagined. You saw her confidence build a little bit at a time and you saw her accepting the love being offered to her from people who were almost complete strangers to her. 

I really liked certain aspects of this book and then other aspects I really couldn't get past because they were either rushed or a little unrealistic. I feel the alcoholic portrayal was on par to what alcoholics do but I feel as if the recovery was a little far fetched... Even my grandfather who drank a fifth of vodka everyday until he had his first heart attack, had trouble becoming sober. He stopped drinking but he still needed help coping. I wish the author would have went into more details about that. 

But other than that, I still believed this story was really good and it was written really well and even if the story was really sad it eventually got better and I am excited to see what more happens with these characters in the future...

Overall, I give this story a 3.5/5 "Kiernan is dreamy" stars... 

Author Info:
Jamie Canosa is a full time author of YA/NA literature, which she absolutely loves. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. She currently resides in Upstate NY with her husband, and their three crazy kids . . . plus the cat, the bird, and the rabbit.

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