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Our Broken Pieces

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Our Broken Pieces

When smart, sensitive Everly Morgan discovers that her longtime boyfriend has fallen for her BFF, the heartbroken high school senior struggles to rebuild her life. Just seeing Brady and Elle together on campus proves painful for Everly --- until gorgeous Gabe enters her therapist’s office. The troubled teens make a special connection as they share their personal setbacks. Loss, love, and new beginnings thoughtfully unfold in OUR BROKEN PIECES, a refreshing romantic read by Sarah White.

The novel takes place in Los Angeles, yet the moving story could happen anywhere. Everly catches her high school sweetheart with her closest friend, and two relationships end in an instant. Everly describes, “The betrayal came out of nowhere. If I didn’t see it for myself, I would have never believed that either of them was capable of hurting me so deeply…I stood there, speechless, as I watched the two of them throw away years of friendship in the backseat of his truck.”

"Loss, love, and new beginnings thoughtfully unfold in OUR BROKEN PIECES, a refreshing romantic read by Sarah White."

As Everly --- the narrator --- shares her innermost thoughts, she becomes a credible character who most teens can understand. Her initial sessions with Laura, a therapist, reveal a “sad, hurt, devastated” girl who is afraid and embarrassed to confront Brady, Elle and their mutual friends. The scared senior hurries through hallways, hides in the quad during lunch and even skips school (quite unusual for the model student who has been accepted to UCLA). Of course, Everly does not remain the victim forever.

While the tenacious teenager makes progress in therapy, she also makes the acquaintance of Gabe Darby, another patient in Laura’s waiting room. Much to Everly’s surprise, the athletic swimmer with dreamy eyes attends her school, shares her tastes in books and music and understands her anxiety. Gabe is trying to cope with his sister’s bipolar disorder, which led to her recent suicide attempt. Not surprisingly, Everly and Gabe find support in one another and sparks fly outside of therapy.

Their steamy romance provides some sizzling summer reading. The description of the teens’ “first time together” in Gabe’s shower reveals an intense physical and emotional attachment to each other. The narrator shares, “We stand in the steam and spray of the hot water locked in a world of our own…We’ve both seen each other’s scars, we’ve both been there when it mattered. I don’t think it needs to be flowers and candles. For us it just needs to be real.” Is their “real” intimacy a cure for their inner pain, or just an escape?

Escape with Gabe and Everly and find out if they live “happily Everly after.” Author Sarah White, who is also a therapist, shows teens that it is alright to get professional help when life becomes overwhelming. OUR BROKEN PIECES offers young adult audiences a hopeful, heartwarming story of healing.

Reviewed by Juliette G., Teen Board Member on August 15, 2017

Our Broken Pieces
by Sarah White

  • Publication Date: August 8, 2017
  • Genres: Dating, Fiction, Romance, Sex
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • ISBN-10: 0062473131
  • ISBN-13: 9780062473134