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Gabi, a Girl in Pieces

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Gabi, a Girl in Pieces

GABI: A GIRL IN PIECES is comprised of Gabi Hernandez's journal entries as she journeys through her senior year of high school. Gabi lives in a Latino American community with her mother and brother, Beto. Her father, a struggling drug addict, comes in and out and he deals with his own problems. Luckily, Gabi is supported by her two best friends, Cindy and Sebastian. The three of them are there for each other through everything, whether that be an unwanted pregnancy or an unwanted family.
 
As I continue to encounter challenges throughout my teenage years, I know I will think back to Gabi and use her experiences and ideas as my guiding points. 
 
Although her friends offer support when needed, Gabi uses binge eating to get rid of her anxiety. She knows that the amount of food that she is eating isn't healthy, but she doesn't know how to stop. Gabi keeps telling herself that she needs to go on a diet, but every time a new stress enters her life, she forgets about her new diet and raids the pantry for something sweet. As Gabi learns to understand herself more, she befriends new people who share her interests. Soon, she starts wondering if one new friendship might take a romantic turn. 
 
I started reading GABI: A GIRL IN PIECES by Isabel Quintero during the early afternoon of one lazy Saturday a couple weeks ago. I didn't look up until I had completely finished the book. From the first page, Quintero drew me into Gabi's bittersweet world full of challenges and small victories. By the time I closed the novel, I was practically cheering Gabi to the finish line. I am sorry that there isn't more for me to read!
 
Although I live in a completely different community than Gabi's, I immediately connected to her as she described the pains of adolescence. Quintero perfectly portrayed the feelings and emotions of a teenage girl making her way through high school and into the "real world." As I continue to encounter challenges throughout my teenage years, I know I will think back to Gabi and use her experiences and ideas as my guiding points. 
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Reviewed by Aliza M., Teen Board Member on October 28, 2014

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces
by Isabel Quintero

  • Publication Date: October 7, 2014
  • Genres: Young Adult 12+
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
  • ISBN-10: 1935955950
  • ISBN-13: 9781935955955