Goodreads Rating: 4.52 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication Date: August 30, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.
Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.
Thank you Penguin Random House / Delacorte Press for the ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Charlotte Davis lost everything in her life; her father, her mother, her best friend and her direction in life. She became homeless and lived on a sex house where she witnessed abuse. She doesn’t have a good relationship with her mother because she neglected and abused her. Handling all these is too much for her, given she’s 17 years old. It’s indeed traumatic. Every emotion and pain builds inside her. As a means of coping, she cuts / self-harming herself to release it and continuously do it until she finds peace. Here, we get to follow her journey of vulnerability and healing from the mental facility to the real world where she meets new people and explore to find a sense of direction. She keeps herself busy and productive to distract herself on moments she’s tempted.
A beautiful story filled with raw emotions and the heroine expressed it genuinely. She represents people who are unable to cope which lead them to darkness and struggles to find the light. Her journey isn’t easy and she met people along the way. These people have their own dark stories that made them self-destructive too (alcohol, drugs, sex etc.) yet, they helped & motivated her to become whole again. What’s more admirable? Her strength to get out of that darkness even if it’s trying to drag her down. She let people in her life and she help herself not to go on that path again. I could never be more proud and I just want to cheer and hug her for all the things she’d been through. I am satisfied with the ending. It’s realistic and I love it’s not all about romance.
I want to praise Ms. Kathleen Glasgow for her courage to write this book. Her note at the last part is amazing.. So deep and hands down amazing! This is a greatly written debut novel and an eye opener to self-harm. These people want to voice out but no one is willing to hear them out, WHEN WE SHOULD HAVE. Worse, being judge of whatever problem they’re facing. It’s important we should not ignore these people and help them in every possible way. For those who are experiencing this, express it before you explode. Don’t let your burdens destroy you.
Let me share my favorite quote in this book:
“Everyone has that moment I think, the moment when something so momentous happens that it rips your very being into small pieces. And then you have to stop. For a long time, you gather your pieces. And it takes such a very long time, not to fit them back together, but to assemble them in a new way, not necessarily a better way. More, a way you can live with until you know for certain that this piece should go there, and that one there.”
I gave this book 4.5 /5 stars. I am indeed recommending this book and I am looking forward to read Ms. Glasgow’s upcoming novels.