Thursday, February 21, 2013

REVIEW ~ 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?

The cover has captured a great meaning In All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen. A car accident leaves Olivia in a coma, then memory loss. Suddenly, she's ready to stop being socially awkward, live her life and start public school. And stop listening to the voices in her head. Or can she? Wait, did you hear that? - Believe me when I say these voices have purpose and their reasoning will straight up blow your mind!
Anytime Olivia asks her parents about the past, her mom would always throw the words "fresh start" at her. And lawdy, her mama was suffocating and a germaphobe. I was scared to sneeze while I read, lol! Sooooo, that leaves us with a very anxious, determined girl to decipher her secret past by digging up the truth.
She knew something wasn't right. Who was she? What happened? Her dreams... are they becoming realities or is it just figments? Is it a blessing in disguise that she doesn't recall her past?

 "It's just that sometimes I feel like I'm living a life that's not mine."

It peaked my interest to read about Olivia's first day of school. With kids her age. I could only imagine as I read the overwhelming shock this girl was in and the insecurities she felt. The sights, the clicks, the cruelty- trying to find where you fit in. Trying to make friends. Boys. To be the new girl, unconfident and confused. Aaaaaaaahhhhh- emotional overload!

I have to do a squeeeeeedoodle here (Eeeeeeee!!!). We have us an attraction, and a fun one full of mystery! Spencer, you suspense me (wink). This boy was great- because not enough books have intriguing, adventurous, hot geeky boys with shaggy hair and glasses AND a bad boy past. Plus he had a calming effect. But so did Liv. I loved reading their development, their personas and their relationship. He also knows how to handle his balls. *slap!* Getchyo mind outta the gutter! Bowling balls that is.

And Clay the pretty boy jock toy. He seemed so sweet and really took a liking to Liv. No holds barred on that one!

All the Broken Pieces is very eccentric and in a league if its own as far as I'm concerned. It's enjoyable, a simple read and will have your interest spiking at every chapter. What happens in this story, the experiences and senses this girl goes thru, the discoveries she makes, her thoughts, her feelings about herself, her memory unfolding, dreams having meaning, it all keeps you reading those pages to see where they lead and how this girl becomes whole again. Props to Cindi Madsen for writing a truly mesmerizing, unpredictable and impressive story. Can't wait to high fives and huggles you at RT 2013!
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