All in Piecesby Suzanne Young Published 08 Nov 2016
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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.
"All in Pieces" Reviews
I really enjoyed this one! I liked that it was a different sort of setting than you normally see — an alternative high school — and I got to meet characters (labeled as “troubled”) that I don’t often get to meet in YA. And it made me cry — my heart felt heavy a lot reading this book. Savvy’s home life is hard and she takes on so much for her age but her love for her brother and her desire to take care of him made my heart swell. That whole storyline…it killed me. I also really enjoyed Savvy’s group of friends from school — they were the sort of kids that High School Me would have ignored and judged (because I was terrible like that) and I sadly would have missed out because they were great and had their own interesting backstories. And let’s not forget the romance….Savvy and Cameron, oh man I loved those two and loved the slower burn of their romance. This book was just so great and I couldn’t put it down. If you are looking for something a little different in the contemporary YA sect, check this one out!
This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs
It isn't often that you get the privilege of reading a book that wraps you up in the story so much that you actually forget you are reading. Usually when I read I'm aware there is a book in my hand, aware I'm flipping pages on my Kindle, aware that I'm reading fiction. All in Pieces was one of those rare occasions where I forgot I was reading. I forgot that I wasn't part of the story. I forgot it was fiction. I forgot everything but the beauty of the story Suzanne Young crafted to perfection. I can't say enough how much I loved this book.
All in Pieces! What do I say about All in Pieces?? The book was mesmerizing and beautiful and heartbreaking and gorgeous. That's what I can say about it. The way Suzanne told the story of this poor girl that was dealt a crappy deck of life cards just blew me away. Savvy tried so hard, loved so much, and did everything she could for her brother and she just never felt like it was enough, like she was enough. She would have given everything she could of for her little brother, Evan, and my heart broke because there was then nothing left for her. The way she loved Evan was just beautiful and pure and it made me love Savvy all that much more.
Speaking of Savvy I also loved her family. When I say family I don't mean it in conventional terms. For Savvy her family was made up of her two friends, Travis and Retha, who had her back no matter what. They were the ones that made her believe in herself and if it wasn't for Retha I don't think Savvy ever would have let Cameron in. Cameron, oh Cameron. He was so imperfectly perfect and the best person Savvy would ever invite into her life and heart. He was so patient and loving and kind and just awesome. Instead of walking away (which I think most people would have) he gave her time to trust and open up and I think that right there was everything to Savvy. Basically he and Savannah were perfect together.
All in Pieces is everything I wanted and needed in a book that I didn't know I wanted or needed. It's the kind of book that gives you a plethora of feels and just leaves you wanting more. I was a sobby mess in the end and I'm so thankful for this book and for Suzanne Young for writing it. A must add to your TBR.
This is the first book I have read by this author and I’m happy to report it was an overall enjoyable experience. Minor issues that held the book from getting a full five star rating would be: I felt that the police should have been involved in one situation and felt that it was a fail on the all the adults. Then there’s the fade to black sex. However, as a YA read goes, this was a good read for me. If I was asked what book this reminded me in the feelings category I would have to say Wishing for Someday Soon by Tiffany King.
The story is told completely in Savannah Sutton’s pov. She has been kicked out of her high school and is completing her senior year at Brooke’s Academy. Brooke’s is an alternative high school used as a detention center and where our heroine does meet the hero, Cameron Ramsey.
”Then Cameron Ramsey showed up, all sexy and quiet. None of us know why he’s here. He definitely doesn’t fit. I mean, the kid drives a BMW.”
Savannah is struggling to take care of her seven year old brother for the past two years since her mother walked out. Her father is a drunk and useless and her aunt is pushing for full custody of little Evan. Savannah’s money and time is tight yet Cameron isn’t put off by Savannah’s shortness with him. Their banter was fantastic and believable.
”Haven’t you heard? Money doesn’t buy happiness. Just really nice cars.”
”You’d better be careful, Sutton,” he says watching the road. “Or you’ll end up falling in love with me.”
Savannah’s best friends play a solid role in the story as does Cameron’s parents. The story is well written and enjoyable as Savannah learns to trust Cameron even when things fall apart...sob.
Overall, this one delivered on many areas that readers will appreciate especially the solid writing. The ending which wrapped up the story well, though I could have definitely read more about these two if the author decides to maybe do a book two in the future…
This is a sad but hopeful story - about the aftermath of a mistake, a broken home and when life tries to push you down. Savvy has it rough. Her mother walked out and she's taking care of her little brother. And she's been relegated to the "for troubled teens" high school. She's made mistakes, she's angry and defensive. She's violent and quick to anger and swing. She isn't the most likable character but she does have heart. And you can see it in her interactions with her brother and her two best friends - Travis and Retha.
It's a story about hope and perseverance and it's well done.
Savannah Sutton is in a detention center high school for delinquents for assaulting her ex Patrick. While she feels justified for her actions, she sometimes fear that her scorned past will hunt her. Evan her mentally challenged brother means everything to her, thus she does not care that she defended him when Patrick mocked him. Yet apart of her feels that she deserves to be in the academy of delinquents, maybe it will soften her up. Sutton does not have many friends, only two that mean the world to her: Travis and Rheta, both of them have a mean streak. Travis has a tough life at home and uses other vices to cure his life, while Rheta uses her fist as a defense mechanism. The trio are really close, often spending the majority of their time together. Sutton uses them as an escape, hating the home she lives in with her erratic Father.
Enters Cameron who occasionally speaks to her, annoying and intriguing her at the same time. Cameron is the last person she wants to be with, her past life and his charm do not mix together. Drawn together by differences and similarities,the two of them embark on a rocky relationship that will leave them glued together.
Hope, heartache and love are all entwined in this beautiful story about finding redemption in tragedies.
Wow!!!! This has become my favorite book this year, and it's only New Year's Eve! All of the characters had redemptive qualities and the story is so emotionally gripping. So much nostalgia reading this, it reminded me so much of high school crushes, infatuation and moving on til college.
Unexpectedly emotional, sweet and inspiring. At first I didn’t think there was going to be more to the story than an angsty teenage girl with anger management issues but soon I learned it was so much more. It was about a girl who had to take responsibility over her special 7 year old brother without or barely any parental supervision. It’s about a girl whose friends are also troubled, they even had to be sent away for rehab, a girl who almost seemed to have lost interest in living her own life until the mysterious Cameron and his family (who are all so sweet and caring, it’s almost unbelievable) came along.
The story was packed emotion-wise and plot-wise with a lot of punches, most of them directed straight to my heart. At some point the choppy writing annoyed me a little but I soon realized it was the very tool of the author to set the mood of the story.
My only complaint is how several parts to me seemed a bit unrealistic or at times a little too convenient just to set the plot right to its intended course but as a whole, it was a relatable, gripping story that tackles another side of a teenage life that isn’t always discussed in books. It discusses poverty, bullying, neglect and how this young girl managed to survive through her friends’ love and support and her love for her little brother.
“No matter how shitty I think my life is, I have my brother. I’ll always have him. And although he’s the hardest part of my life, he’s also the best.”