Pieces of Us

Pieces of Us
by Margie Gelbwasser
Publisher: Flux, 2012
ISBN: 9780738721644
For ages: 15+

 

 

Summary

Every summer, hidden away in a lakeside community in upstate New York, four teens leave behind their old identities . . . and escape from their turbulent lives.

But when he’s back in Philadelphia during the school year, Alex cannot suppress his anger at his father (who killed himself), his mother (whom he blames for it), and the girls who give it up too easy. His younger brother, Kyle, is angry too—at his abusive brother, and at their mother who doesn’t seem to care.

Meanwhile, in suburban New Jersey, Katie plays the role of Miss Perfect while trying to forget a horrible, life-changing event that no one knows about. But Julie, her younger sister, sees Katie only as everything she’s not. And their mother will never let Julie forget it.

Up at the lake, they can be anything, anyone. Free. But then Katie’s secret gets out, forcing each of them to face reality—before it tears them to pieces.

Reviews

“Suspenseful, disturbing, and emotionally fraught, a strong novel for a strong stomach.” —KIRKUS REVIEWS

“Painfully believable”
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“…it does not feel as if a single issue is forced into the tale. All of it, unfortunately, makes sense in this sad story, creating a multiple-perspective narrative that almost demands discussion.” -VOYA

About the Author

Margie Gelbwasser has a MA in English and taught Language Arts for over ten years, currently teaching English at the college level. Her first novel, Inconvenient, was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teens. Her second novel, Pieces of Us (March 2012, Flux), is told in multiple points of view and deals with cyberbullying, abuse, family relationships, and how one teen’s actions affect the other three. When not writing, Margie loves being a mom to her four year old boy, hiking, dancing, cooking, and watching bad television. She, her husband, and son live in the awesome suburbs of New Jersey.
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School Visit Information

Margie’s presentations are tailored to the school’s needs. She is available for book and career talks, as well as writing workshops. She also conducts free Skype visits.