Pieces of Us by Margie Gelbwasser

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Two families. Four teens. A summer full of secrets. Every summer, hidden away in a lakeside community in upstate New York, four teens leave behind their old identities . . . and escape from their turbulent lives.

But when he’s back in Philadelphia during the school year, Alex cannot suppress his anger at his father (who killed himself), his mother (whom he blames for it), and the girls who give it up too easy. His younger brother, Kyle, is angry too—at his abusive brother, and at their mother who doesn’t seem to care.

Meanwhile, in suburban New Jersey, Katie plays the role of Miss Perfect while trying to forget a horrible, life-changing event that no one knows about. But Julie, her younger sister, sees Katie only as everything she’s not. And their mother will never let Julie forget it.

Up at the lake, they can be anything, anyone. Free. But then Katie’s secret gets out, forcing each of them to face reality—before it tears them to pieces.

“Suspenseful, disturbing, and emotionally fraught.” —KIRKUS REVIEWS


About Margie Gelbwasser

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Margie Gelbwasser is the author of Inconvenient (Flux, 2010), which was a 2011 Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teens, and Pieces of Us (Flux, 2012). She is a freelance writer who has written for Self, Ladies' Home Journal, and Girl's Life. Gelbwasser resides in New Jersey. Visit her online at www.margiewrites.com.
Published March 1, 2012 by Flux. 336 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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But Katie, who, when the book opens, is a queen-bee cheerleader with a star-athlete boyfriend, has too much to drink at a party and, semiconscious, has nonconsensual sex with her boyfriend and his teammate, an ugly secret the boys then use to torment and control her.

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The Bookbag

What I would say to parents, though, is that if your child is reading this book, then you should find the time to read through yourself and discuss the issues with them.

Mar 18 2012 | Read Full Review of Pieces of Us

Portland Book Review

The problem with saying a book should not be read by ANY teen or that a movie should not be seen by ANYONE under 17 is that we’re hiding material many kids CAN handle and desperately need.

Jun 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Pieces of Us

The Daily Fig

... The Figment Review: Pieces of Us by Margie Gelbwasser ... But while Pieces of Us isn't my cup of tea, if you're in the market for a steamy read ...

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