Emotional & Underrated: All In Pieces by Suzanne Young

Emotional & Underrated: All In Pieces by Suzanne YoungAll in Pieces
by Suzanne Young
Release Date: November 8th 2016
Published by Simon Pulse
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Format: Audiobook
Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
Pages: 259
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Source: Audiobook Received for Review

“Anger-management issues.”

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.

Audiobook Received for Review in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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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Nereyda is a 31 year-old mother of two girls with addiction to Friends, fashion, books, Pinterest, Netflix, the color black and a little bit of everything else. Also, the world's worst texter...
  • I am glad that Nick made you read another great book. I havent’ read this author but I have long wanted to. I too am over emotional YA books, but I am always willing to give a good one a try.

  • I haven’t seen a ton of reviews for this but they have all been really good. I have it on my TBR but maybe will do the audio. Great review!

  • lizasarusrex

    Thanks for the review, I think I’m going to check this one out.

  • Oh, boy. I like the sound of this book but I’m worried it’s going to rip me to pieces. Welp.

    • It’s not overly sad, just the right amount of heartbreaking 🙂

  • I wonder if it is for me, I am sort of over emotional too, but you never know

    • It didn’t feel like the manipulative kind of emotional book…if that makes sense.

  • I kind of like it when the romance is slower and more subtle and doesn’t take over the entire plot. This is a new-ish book to me, but it sounds like it was pretty good.

    • I don’t usually like it but in some cases it works, thsi was one of those times.

  • I’ve never heard of this before now but it sounds really interesting. I’ll have to take a look at it! Great review 🎉

  • This is a new author to me. Never heard about this book as well. This sound great. Thanks for sharing. Great review! 🙂

    • This is my first book from her but I’ve heard good things about her other books.

  • Angel @Angel Reads

    I’ve seen this one here and there, but like you said it’s been underrated. Might have to see if I can get a copy. Sounds like something that I will really enjoy. Thanks for the review.

    • Underrated books make me sad, and overrated books make me mad haha

  • I’ve seen this one around but don’t think I’ve read reviews on it. I love when romance is subtle. And Cameron sounds like a great person! I’ll have to pick this one up and read of Savannah and her little brother. I may need tissues for this one.

    • I normally hate when the romance is subtle but sometimes it just works like it did with this book.

  • This is the first time I have heard of this book! Your review makes me want to go out and buy this book right now.

  • Oooh, this sounds really good! Any comparison to Katie McGarry is a good thing, especially if it’s about how important family issues are for the protagonists. Savvy seems like an awesome YA heroine — I’ll have to see if this is available on audio at my library!

  • This one has not been in my radar either Nereyda, I hate to say it, but I think it’s the cover. From your review it also sounds like Perfect Chemistry which is another favorite. I’ll add it to my Audible list too. Did you like the narration?

    • Haha, the cover does nothing for me, I din’t hate it or love it but I am glad I read it.

  • This sounds awesome. I was only part way through the summary and I knew it was a book I’d be interested in and then your comparison to Katie McGarry for the whole family aspect of the book convinced me. I’m glad it’s not dramatic like hers but the struggle of keeping a family together, that I love. I am totally adding it to my TBR, I may treat myself to it.

  • I actually have this book on my
    tbr-list since it was released last year. It’s funny how I hear all these
    awesome things about Suzanne Young’,
    books (her Program series and All in Pieces), put them on my tbr-list and
    forget about them altogether. I have no explanation for that. I have to finally
    read something by this author. Thanks for you wonderful review, Nereyda! I’m
    kind of over emotional and full of drama YA books, but this sounds very
    appealing. And your reference to Pushing the Limits make me want to read it
    even more; I loved the aspect you’ve mentioned. PS. I used to put audio samples
    into my audiobook reviews. Why have I stopped doing that? It helps a lot.

    • This is my first from her. And I used to add samples to my reviews too then I just stopped for some reason.

  • This sounds so good! I have a copy of this but I think I’ll add it to my audio wish list. Great review!