All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen

December 10, 2012 Young Adult Book Reviews 2

Title: All the Broken Pieces [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Cindi Madsen
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Format: eARC
Pages: 304
Release Date: December 11, 2012
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
One Line: A very mysterious plot with a crazy twist that will leave you all kinds of emotional at the end.

About the Book: 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?

All the Broken Pieces is definitely a very different book from what I’ve read in the past, and I loved that about this book. Sure, memory loss has been done, but not like this. It really kept me guessing until the very end and just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, Madsen lays it all on the line for you in one heart-wrenching, life-changing moment. I’d say the build-up was a bit too prolonged, because there were times where I was like “just tell me what happened already!!!”, but besides that, it was a great read.

Liv is a very interesting character and she’s struggling with a lot of difficult things in her life. We’d all like to forget a thing or two from our past, but it would pretty much suck to not remember a thing about your life. You’d definitely feel like you don’t even know who you are. Add the voices in her head and the crazy dreams, and you’d start wondering what happened, too. Liv tries to make the best of things, going to school and making new friends, and putting her life back together after her accident. Even though it was cool seeing her do all that, the driving point of the story is her figuring out what really happened the night of the accident, and boy is that a kicker!

Spencer is your typical damaged, hot guy and even though I totally got where he was coming from, I didn’t really connect with him. Maybe because their relationship was so rocky at the beginning, very hot and cold (what with him being a jerk here and there), and those kinds of relationships never really interested me, but he is a good guy. I think it took a little too long to figure out his troubled past and when you do finally know what it is, it didn’t seem all that monumental to me. Not that it wasn’t a big deal, it’s just that…well, you’ll understand if you read the book.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this. The main focus is the mystery behind Liv’s accident and, like I said, although some parts I could’ve done without, I liked getting to the end and discovering the truth. You kind of get he basic gist of what happened, but it’s the details that make this an excellent read and I loved Madsen’s twist on it.

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