Cleansing Cuts


Surviving in life can be challenging, but especially when things seem to be working against you. Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow follows a teenage girl through her recovery as she slowly confronts her past.

Charlie Davis has been dealt her share of bad things in life. Being homeless, being used, being hurt by those around her. When she’s gone so far as to need to be hospitalized for the self-inflicted wounds she cut into her skin with glass, Charlie tries to get better–or if not better, at least functional. After her surprising release from the rehab center, Charlie travels half-way across the country to be near her friend Mikey, who hopes to be be a good influence in her life.

Quickly paced with the brief entries toward the beginning that become slightly more lengthy and elaborate as Charlie begins to use her voice and experience life again. There are a lot of bad decisions made by the characters throughout the story, which made it difficult to continue rooting for them and rather made me frustrated with them–but I know that this might make other readers enjoy it all the more.

Overall, I’d give it a 3 out of 5 stars.


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