All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen
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?
I enjoyed this book, but wanted to scream at the ending a little bit. The story starts off with Liv (Olivia) waking up from a coma, not having any memory of who she is or what happened to her. Throughout the novel, she tries to uncover the truth behind what actually happened — did she really run her car into a tree? Are her parents telling her the whole story? And who are these people she keeps dreaming about? The reader watches Liv develop into the person she becomes, through her confusion of not knowing what type of person she is supposed to be.
The character of Liv is very likeable and I couldn’t help but feel for her and what she was going through. All the Broken Pieces is the perfect title for this novel, as it encompasses the entire book in those four words. Olivia wants to piece together the puzzle that is her life, through figuring out what happened. Her life is full of broken pieces. The title also has something to do with Liv’s love interest, Spencer. He is quite the puzzle himself, with his own broken pieces of his past.
I sympathized so much with Liv throughout the novel. I was constantly frustrated for her by the people in her life. Spencer — what the hell is up with him, anyway? He seems to like her, but he won’t let her in. He seems like a nice guy, but everyone says he isn’t. And then there are his moody moments when he shuts down completely and won’t even talk to Liv. What a frustrating, yet loveable, character. Liv’s parents — they are incredibly frustrating and I’m not sure I’m all that fond of them. They won’t tell Liv what happened or anything about her life before the accident. Every time she inquires, they either change the topic, get all weird, or just tell her to drop it. Soooo frustrating for Liv and for me, the reader!
Overall, the book was good. I want to give it a really good rating, but the part that’s holding me back is the ending. I did not like how the ending played out. Okay, I get that what happened to her happened (it’s weird, but whatever, I’m accepting it — it is fiction after all), but the part about her parents and their part in it is not right. I can’t believe that Liv would just accept it and move on. It’s a bit unrealistic to me that her or Spencer would have done what they did at the end once they uncovered the truth.
I would recommend this book to YA lovers. There is some good romance aspects (although, frustrating at times, it becomes worth it, hehe). So, yes, read it. I enjoyed it.