From the author of The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland comes a hilarious and heartbreaking novel about coming apart, getting it together—and moving on. It’s just a two-hour drive…
Pondering math problems is Esther Ainsworth’s obsession. If only life’s puzzles required logic. Her stepfather’s solution? Avoidance. He’s exiled the family to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, to erase a big secret from Esther’s past. So much for the truth. Now for the consequences: an empty swimming pool, a water-sucking cactus outside her window, a goldfish rescued from a church festival, and Esther’s thirst for something real.
Step one: forget about her first love. Step two: make allies. Esther finds them in Jesús from the local coffee bar; a girl named Color who finds beauty in an abandoned video store; Beth, the church choir outcast; and Moss, a boy with alluring possibilities. Step three: confess her secret to those she hopes she can trust. Esther’s new friends do more than just listen. They’re taking Esther one step further.
Together, they hit the road to face Esther’s past head-on. It’s a journey that will lead her to embrace her own truth—in all its glory, pain, and awesomeness.
I chose this YA novel from the October selection of Amazon First Reads as it caught my attention and looked the most interesting one on offer. I can happily say I really did enjoy this book.
This is the story of Esther, her sister Hannah and their mother and stepfather who have recently moved to New Mexico to escape a ‘situation’. I liked the character of Esther and felt that the author described the trauma felt by Esther due to the ‘situation’.
Esther’s new friends sound like the type of friends a girl needs. The author has penned a very good story bringing so many individual characters together in this way. There are many lessons to be learnt and talking points for a parent to discuss with their child should they read this book together, including religion, seeking answers, letting go, growing up, loss and learning that sometimes life just doesn’t go to plan.
I definitely recommend this book – for anyone not just those Young Adults among us.
There were a number of fantastic quotes or sayings that I have jotted down for future use!
Thank you to Amazon First Reads, Skyscape and Rebekah Crane for the opportunity to read and review this novel prior to publication.
- TITLE: The Infinite Pieces of Us
- AUTHOR: Rebekah Crane
- PUBLISHER: Skyscape
- PUBLICATION DATE: 1 November 2018
- VERSION: Kindle edition
- LENGTH: 250 pages
You can pre-order now from Amazon for £3.99 and it will be delivered to your kindle on 1st November 2018
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rebekah Crane is the author of The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland and other young-adult novels. She found a passion for this genre while studying secondary English education at Ohio University. She is a former high school English teacher, a yoga instructor, and the mother of two girls. After living and teaching in six different cities, Rebekah finally settled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to write novels and work on screenplays. She now spends her days tucked behind a laptop at seventy-five hundred feet, where the altitude only enhances the writing experience.