All The Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen
YA contemporary*Paperback & e-book, 304 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by 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?
Praise for All the Broken Pieces:
"Kept me guessing and frantically flipping the pages. A unique story I couldn't help but fall in love with." -- Nyrae Dawn, author of Charade
"[An] interesting story of a girl who can't remember her early life…Liv's high school relationships, especially her conflicts with the popular girls and her first dealings with romance, ring nicely true. Intriguing." – Kirkus Reviews
About the author:
About Cindi Madsen: Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.
Olivia "Liv" has survived a horrific car accident and comes home to find out her parents are moving her away. Far away. With memory loss, Liv figures seeing the faces of her friends might stir something in her mind, but her folks whisk her away to another town to begin over. Strange indeed. And strange are the voices Liv hears inside her head, telling her things, raising questions. Hmm, sounds like a mystery.
All The Broken Pieces is certainly an enthralling read. Liv knows those voices are trying to tell her something and with the help of a secretive guy and fellow student, Spencer, she decides to solve the puzzle of her life. Liv's voice tore me away from my regular life so I could spend a few hours being sucked into hers. I really liked her voice in third person pov (and as a fan of first person pov, I couldn't help but ponder how I would have liked it in first person--now that's an interesting question). Cindi Madsen's writing style makes her characters come across as very believable and their situations realistic, her words certainly held my interest. The pacing was slow and yet still kept me riveted to each page, waiting to find out about Liv and watch her blossoming friendship with Spencer. I also liked Keira and Clay.
There were a few instances when I really suspended my belief but I trusted the author. When I thought I had it all figured out, the author proved to me that I didn't--those are the types of stories I enjoy and remember the best. Part mystery, part love story, this contemporary YA had me after the first paragraph. All The Broken Pieces was an intriguing puzzle to piece together and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Cover comment: I like the new cover better than the original. Very effective.
Book source: I received a promotional copy from the publisher in return for my honest review during a blog tour.