Review of Our Broken Pieces

Our Broken Pieces

Sarah White

 HarperTeen

August 8, 2017


Blurb from GoodreadsFrom Wattpad phenom Sarah White comes a steamy teen romance about one girl’s quest to find herself after a traumatic breakup.

The only thing worse than having your boyfriend dump you is having him dump you for your best friend. For Everly Morgan the betrayal came out of nowhere. One moment she had what seemed like the perfect high school relationship, and the next, she wanted to avoid the two most important people in her life. Every time she sees them kiss in the hallways her heart breaks a little more.

The last thing on Everly’s mind is getting into another relationship, but when she meets Gabe in her therapist’s waiting room she can’t deny their immediate connection. Somehow he seems to understand Everly in a way that no one else in her life does, and maybe it’s because Gabe also has experience grappling with issues outside of his control. Just because they share so many of the same interests and there is an undeniable spark between them doesn’t mean Everly wants anything more than friendship. After all, when you only barely survived your last breakup, is it really worth risking your heart again?


SASCHA DARLINGTON’S REVIEW

While teenage heartbreak is the stuff of clichéd novels, author Sarah White takes Our Broken Pieces in a slightly different direction by exploring the issues of teens and mental health. It’s a very honest discussion and depiction, and I think that this sets Our Broken Pieces apart from the cliché.

Everly is attempting to deal with the loss of both her boyfriend, Brady, and her best friend, Elle, which is difficult considering that it seems every where she turns, they are there, holding hands or kissing. She’s finding it tough just to make it through each day, or get out of bed. She goes to therapy in order to gain a skill set that will help her. There she meets Gabe, a nice guy who attends her high school and who she’s never even noticed because of her Brady-obsession.

For the most part, I enjoyed Our Broken Pieces, although the writing itself was pretty basic and some parts dragged. The relationship between Everly and Gabe is sweet and they seemed good for each other. The grand gesture at the end that is charming; I always like the grand gestures.

There were two graphic sex scenes which didn’t seem quite at home in a young adult novel, especially in comparison to the recently reviewed Sarah Dessen novel, Once and For All, which was more tastefully and poetically written. So, if you are considering this for a younger audience, you might want to make note of that.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


rating: 3-and-half

3 butterflies and a ladybug out of 5 butterflies


 

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