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That’s how they classified Savannah Sutton after she stuck a pencil in her ex-boyfriend’s hand because he mocked her little brother, Evan, for being disabled. That’s why they sent her to Brooks Academy—an alternative high school that’s used as a temporary detention center.
The days at Brooks are miserable, but at home, life is far more bleak. Savvy’s struggling to take care of her brother since her mom left years ago, and her alcoholic dad can’t be bothered. Life with Evan is a constant challenge, but he’s also the most important person in the world to Savvy.
Then there’s Cameron, a new student at Brooks with issues of his own, a guy from a perfect family that Savvy thought only existed on TV. Cameron seems determined to break through every one of the walls Savvy’s built around herself—except if she lets herself trust him, it could make everything she’s worked so hard for fall apart in an instant.
And with her aunt seeking custody of her brother and her ex-boyfriend seeking revenge, Savvy’s fighting to hold all the pieces together. But she’s not sure how much tighter she can be pulled before she breaks completely.
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Add this to the list of ‘books Nick made me read.’ I had never even heard of this book until Nick told me about it a few months ago, she told me I should read it so when it was available on audiobook, I snatched it up. I finally added it to my phone a few weeks ago and although I wasn’t really sure what this book was about (I just read what I’m told by trusted bloggers, ha) but I was immediately pulled into this book and ended up listening it to it in just a few hours.
All In Pieces reminded me of Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry, not in terms of the romance or how dramatic it was but simply because of the fact that Savannah is so desperately trying to keep her little brother with her, even though deep down we know that may not be the best choice for Evan. I hurt for poor Savannah and my heart broke for her because most of the book she battled between feeling desperate and helpless to keep her brother with her and feeling overwhelmed by her situation. She was falling for Cameron and she fought it as much as she could because she just wanted to focus on school and her brother, and she couldn’t afford a distraction such as falling in love. Yet, she can’t help but feel like she should be allowed to have a little bit of fun too.
The romance was a bit on the subtle side, it was slow but in a good way. Savannah is incredible resistant to Cameron and his charms, and it was a bit frustrating at times because he was such a great guy, but I also understood where she was coming from. But Cameron wasn’t giving up on Savannah and he slowly won her and her brother over and I loved seeing another side of Savannah, a fun and ‘normal teen’ side of her. Although the ending was more on the bitterweet side, I still really liked in although in a perfect world I would have picked a different ending, this was the right and realistic ending and left me with hope. All In Pieces was a surprise for me, I’m kind of over emotional YA books but this one I really liked. It’s such a shame that this is so underrated…
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