Pieces of Me, by Charlotte Gingras

pieces of meTranslated by Susan Ouriou

Summary:  Mirabelle’s art teacher tells her she has talent, but what good is it doing her? Almost fifteen and friendless, Mira is plagued by dark thoughts. Her body seems to be changing daily. Her mother is domineering and half-crazy and her father — well, he’s her ex-father, mostly out of Mira’s life and awkward when he’s around. Then she meets free-spirited, confident Catherine, a knockout who makes the boys’ jaws drop.  Now that Mira’s finally found someone she can talk to, her dark thoughts are vanishing. Only after Mira faces a betrayal and a tragedy can she begin to put the fragmented pieces of herself together.

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  1. I thought it was really cool how fitting the title was. You just get little snatches of the story until it builds up into a complete view of the characters, and the language was just absolutely beautiful, which is surprising as it is translated from French. I don’t know that it’s an award winner, but it’s definitely well done.

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