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Title: Very in Pieces
Author: Megan Frazer Blackmore
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: September 29, 2015
Very Sales-Woodruff is done being a good girl. Done being the only responsible one in a family that’s unraveling. Done being the obliging girlfriend in a relationship that’s sinking. Done saying no to what she wants—like Dominic, her rebellious classmate.
With her mom’s drinking, her dad’s extended absences from home, and her younger sister, Ramona, running wild, the path Very has always seen for herself doesn’t seem to matter anymore. At the same time, Very’s grandmother, a poet known less for her work and more for her exploits with the likes of Andy Warhol and Arthur Miller, is slipping away.
If everything else can fall to pieces, why can’t she?
I received this book for free via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks to the publisher and The Fantastic Flying Book Club.
Very has always been known as the smart and analytical one in her family. Her grandmother is a famous poet, her mother and sister are artists, and her father is a music professor. Very has never understood art, but she has always understood math.
Very’s grandmother, her mother’s mother, is dying from cancer. Her sister, Ramona, is going through something she doesn’t understand and what Very thought was a strong relationship between her parents, doesn’t seem to be so strong anymore. As the title suggests, Very is in pieces.
With all the turmoil and stress in her home, Very begins to question who she is as a person. She starts to spend time with the school’s “bad boy,” cuts her hair short, and try new things. The impending death of her grandmother makes Very wonder if she might have regrets later down the road if she doesn’t take chances now.
While I didn’t connect with Very on an emotional level, I did appreciate following along with her story. Very is going through a hard time in her life and she is learning about who she is as a sister, daughter, granddaughter, friend, girlfriend, and more. Even though I didn’t agree with all of the choices she made, I could understand them. I loved Very’s boyfriend, Christian. He was such a sweet character and had such a big heart. I was also a big fan of Very’s friends who were super supportive of her, no matter the choices she made.
Very in Pieces is a lovely story about a young girl trying to find her place in the world. It’s the story of a girl who is learning who she is when someone very close to her will be leaving her soon. Very in Pieces is a story all teens should read, especially teens that have experienced the loss of a loved one.
3.5 out of 5 stars
Maia Mitchell as Very Woodruff
Hailee Steinfeld as Ramone Woodruff
Meryl Streep as Imogene Woodruff
Harry Shum Jr. as Christian Yoo
Nathan Kress as Dominic Meyers
Meet The Author
Megan Frazer Blakemore is an author for children and young adults. She lives with her husband and children in Maine. She has worked in both school and public libraries, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in library science at Simmons SLIS.
One winner will receive a signed copy of Very In Pieces and a signed copy of Secrets of Truth and Beauty by Megan Frazer Blakemore (INT) and two winners will receive a signed copy of Very In Pieces and a signed copy of Secrets of Truth and Beauty by Megan Frazer Blakemore (US Only).