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Review: Falling to Pieces by Jamie Canosa

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

"There are different kinds of wounds people can inflict on us, Jade. Just because yours aren't physical doesn't mean they aren't there. Just because they aren't visible doesn't mean I can't see them."

Synopsis:
Suffering the bitter tongues of her alcoholic mother and cruel boyfriend, Jade struggles just to look at herself in the mirror. She hates her life, her insecurities, her ineptitudes, but most of all . . . Jade hates herself. She wants nothing more than to disappear, and everyone seems happy to let her. Until Kiernan Parks moves back into town.

Jade’s been crushing on him ever since kindergarten, when his family moved away. But now he’s back, and looking better than ever.
Hiding is a way of life for Jade, but Kiernan insists on uncovering the real girl he’s sees trapped inside her. On drawing her out of her shell, and showing her that she is someone worthy of love.

Together, they fight back the darkness she’s living in. But when they finally step into the light, will the secret Kiernan’s been trying to keep buried destroy Jade, once and for all?

For some people, happy endings are a fairytale.
My Review:
          I just had to postpone the review with a day. I needed serious recovery after I finished reading Falling to Pieces. After Fight or Flight and Sink or Swim I was sure that I already had two favorite titles from Jamie Canosa, but Falling to Pieces successfully squeezed itself to the top places in my preferences. I have no words to express what I felt after I closed the book; it was both sad and beautiful.

          In the beginning Jade is that kind of character at which you feel the need to scream because she would do what others tell her to do. It was infuriating how she gave up living because her drunken mother insisted that she was no good and no one would want her. I tried not to get mad because in one way I understood. Her mother was the only constant person in her life and she made her feel small with every occasion. Not to mention that she had to go through that again at school where her boyfriend treated her like an accessory.

          Yes, normally this kind of character would make me want to scream at the book, but Falling to Pieces had more than a character with low self-esteem, it was a story in which an apparently weak girl grew stronger. Then the book made me want to know more and hope for the best when Kiernan showed up in Jade’s life. Because he was everything everyone in her life wasn’t and he was determined to make her see that she is more than others make her feel.

          Falling to Pieces is a beautiful story with characters that evolve in a visible way, with likable characters even in their worst moments.

          But most of all I loved the relationship between Kiernan, his brother, Caulder and their mother. They are the most supportive family I have ever read of. And not only they supported each other, but they all welcomed Jade in their family and made her feel like she belonged somewhere.

"The one thing I want more than anything, the one thing nobody can give me, is a future. And you’ve just done exactly that. You gave me the perfect future. The perfect life all right here in the pages of this book.”

          But the ending was heartbreaking. Just prepare for serious crying.

Author Bio:


Jamie Canosa is a full time author of YA/NA literature, which she absolutely loves. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. She currently resides in Upstate NY with her husband, and their three crazy kids . . . plus the cat, the bird, and the rabbit.

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Book Links: Amazon | Goodreads


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