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Ashlynn Reads Books: "Girl in Pieces" by Kathleen Glasgow

by Ashlynn Maczko
Posted on Sep 20, 2018

“Girl in Pieces” is a story about what happens when nothing seems to go right.


Author Kathleen Glasgow is not afraid to tackle hard topics—homelessness, domestic and sexual abuse, and suicide.


Charlie begins her story at Creely Center in the psychiatric wing for self-harm recovery. Slowly, through short scenes, she narrates her experiences living with other girls who are also recovering from self-harm while also revealing small details about her life before Creely.


This style of writing continues throughout the novel, mixing both short, creative nonfiction-like scenes, with longer prose in order to keep the plot moving. Charlie Davis’ story is split into 3 large sections with shorter chapters in each, which trace her recovery process through three different stages in her life—from Creely to living on her own in Arizona.


Charlie’s story provides readers with insight into the thought process of a girl recovering from self-harm and fighting to not fall back into self-destructive patterns. The story is only told through her perspective, which allows the reader to fully immerse herself in Charlie’s mindset.


I thoroughly enjoyed “Girl in Pieces” and journeying with Charlie through her recovery and the obstacles she faces. Glasgow’s Acknowledgement at the end of the novel will leave you with a whole new perspective and appreciation for Charlie’s story and the stories of thousands of other girls and boys across the world who struggle with depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide.



Favorite Line:

“sometimes I miss my mother, even though missing her feels more like anger than sadness, like I feel when I think about Ellis, and even that, really, isn't true, because while I say sadness what I really mean is black hole inside me filled with nails and rocks and broken glass and the words I don't have anymore.”


Rating: 4/5