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 was a mysterious, thrilling and romantic read that had my head whirling with possiblilites. It was one of those books where you are sure you know in your head what happened, but in fact you don't really know what happened and you just have to keep turning pages faster and faster to find out what actually did happen - if you see what I mean!
Despite all of Liv's memory problems and the strangeness surrounding her life, she was a very likeable and believable character. It was very easy to empathise with her and wish for some understanding for her. Navigating high school is a difficult job at the best of times, and when you have no memories it becomes that much harder.
The relationship between Liv and Spencer seemed very authentic and I found myself rooting for the two of them. There is something endearing about two broken souls trying to get better. There is a lot of mystery to the story as well, as the reader is unaware of the reasons behind Liv's uncertainties. We know something is not right, but it is all guesswork. One of the things I really enjoyed about the story was the moral/ethical dilemma that becomes apparent as the story nears the end. You'll have to read it to see what I mean, but I can see it sparking some serious discussion.
All in all a surprising and enjoyable read that I will be recommending without hesitation
About Cindi Madsen: Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.
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