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12.04.2012

Review: All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen

All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen
Young Adult, Mystery
Paperback $9.99 (304 pages, ENTANGLED TEEN)
What if your life wasn’t your own?
Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her reflection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.
Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense. Can Liv rebuild the pieces of her broken past, when it means questioning not just who she is, but what she is?

Author Site: cindimadsen.com

For every teen who has ever struggled to find where they belong... (4 stars)

When Liv awakes from a coma the circumstances of her car accident seem like a reasonable answer to her lack of memories. In a new town her family is making a fresh start after the tragic accident that nearly took her from her parents. But there's something off about it all. Torn between two different instincts as a pair of voices conflict within her head she questions her sanity, Liv tries to understand where its all coming from. Struggling to make new friends and find her place amongst her peers, Liv befriends the enigmatic Spencer, a boy with a past that he doesn't want to remember... the very opposite of her problem.

With Spencer's aid Liv is determined to unravel the questionable lucid dreams that feel like memories that are making it impossible to be normal. But every new development only makes the possiblities of what really happened in her accident more unbelievable. If Liv wants to find the truth it could mean destroying the only life she knows.

ALL THE BROKEN PIECES is one of those 'what-if' type of stories that is a little bit predictable just from seeing the cover. That aside, the journey from there is well executed and has enough showing instead of just telling to make it an enjoyable read. Liv begins as a bit of a blank canvas and through the book you can feel that everything really is a struggle for her. Somehow that makes her endearing and relatable. Spencer is mysterious and a little bit unreal but in the sort of way that really works for YA novels. He's a little broody in the way that Twilight fans seem to relish.

While ultimately lacking in the twist I was hoping for, ALL THE BROKEN PIECES was a good read that I would definitely recommend for YA readers in need of a weekend page-turner. Whether intentional or not I really felt like Madsen did a great job of taking a predictable plot and making it a great metaphor for one of the biggest frustrations of teenhood—figuring out who you are!




Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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