Pieces by G Benson


byG Benson

Kobo ebook | May 31, 2017

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Orphaned Carmen is sixteen, newly homeless and will do almost anything to survive and keep her and her kid brother safe, together, and out of foster care. Ollie, also sixteen, has a life that’s all about parents, school pressure, friends and dreams of summer. The two fall into each other’s orbit, and one kiss changes everything. Ollie is captivated … but then Carmen vanishes. When they cross paths months later, everything is different.

A young adult queer romance that looks at what we’re prepared to sacrifice for those we care about.

Title:PiecesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 31, 2017Publisher:Ylva Verlag e.Kfr.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:395533807X

ISBN - 13:9783955338077

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incredible YA story for adults of all ages I've read 2 other books by G Benson so far and it seems that the common thread in all of them is that the subject matter is often gritty and unflatteringly real; no whitewashing or glossing over difficult realities and circumstances her characters find themselves in. Here in Pieces, the story centers around teenagers and although the book is tagged as YA, it's one that adults of all ages will find readable, even relatable in the way the transition into adulthood is depicted with its expectations and uncertainties. For Carmen these challenges and uncertainties are amplified as a teenager saddled with responsibilities beyond her years; I've rooted for characters in books before but none more than Carmen, wanting for her to be helped or rescued from her circumstances. The story is an edge of your seat drama with a few laughs in it but overall the subject matter is heavy, bound to make some readers choke up at minimum if not outright cry while reading. The ending seemed abrupt at first glance but, in retrospect it does make sense to end as it did. There is a central romance to the story but also other love stories of relationships between friends, parent and child, siblings, and other combinations that gel into an overall theme of what makes a family and how it may differ for each character. While I would not recommend this to be read at the beach or with the expectation of it being some kind of fluffy story for teens (it's not light reading), I do recommend it for young and older adults alike as a beautifully written story that will get the reader emotionally invested in the characters, their plights and victories, and raise some serious questions about the foster care system in the USA. Although the story is fiction I strongly suspect that the details of children in foster care and those who fall thru the cracks of the system in the book are taken from real life cases and experiences and are not even the worst of all possible outcomes and scenarios. I look forward to seeing what G Benson writes about next.
Date published: 2018-03-15