Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Girl in Pieces
Release Date: August 30th, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Young Adult | Fiction
Pages: 416 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

"Everyone has that moment, I think, that moment when something so...momentous happens that it rips your very being into small pieces. And then you have to stop. For a long time, you gather your pieces. And it takes such a very long time, not to fit them back together, but to assemble them in a new way, not necessarily a better way. More, a way you can live with until you know for certain that this piece should go there, and that one there..."

What initially drew me in with this novel was the cover. So simple yet so intriguing. After reading the synopsis, it was no secret that this book was going to be a heavier read. 

Girl in Pieces is Charlie's story. A seventeen-year-old girl that has already lived through and suffered more in her short years on earth than what some of us only see in our darkest nightmares. She is battered and bruised both inside and out. The author, Kathleen Glasgow, delivers Charlie's story in a poetic, lyrical way. At times the story almost reads as if it is poetry or a journal. Some pages are just short paragraphs while other parts of her story require much more space. Charlie's presence is very strong. Her character leaps off the page and she whirls around you, whispering her tragic story and secrets in your ear. Girl in Pieces will challenge you. It will leave you saddened, breathless, angry and absolutely awe-struck. It will make you question the way you see others in the world and will open your eyes so wide. We all know that "everyone has their story" but Charlie really brings that into realization.

Charlie is not the only character in this story that has a dark past...or present for that matter. We also spend a lot of time with Riley, a young man that at first seems to swoop up and save Charlie, only to lose flight in his wings and plunge her deeper into the darkness. Riley is a tumultuous character. He is charming, and it is that quality that seems to bail him out of everything he gets himself into. He has this charisma about him that no matter how wrong he may be, you can't help but want to be with him. Know more about him. I definitely developed a love-hate relationship with Riley.

Girl in Pieces is hauntingly beautiful. Though during this thunderous storm, large rays of sun do shine through. Rays of hope not only peak through the rolling gray clouds, they part the sky completely. It is a coming of age story. A story of self-discovery and growth. But this novel is so much more than just Charlie's story. Every character in this book has their moment. We meet so many colourful people that by the end, we're left with this beautiful mosaic; each character adding their own broken piece that by the end, creates something marvelous.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Dream Author Panel!

Imagine you could put a call out to all of your favourite authors and have one epic Author's panel. A panel that gives you the opportunity to ask them all of the burning questions you have!

Eventbrite presented me with this wonderful idea, and it really got my imagination running wild! I got to explore:
  • Who would be on my panel?  
  • What questions I would ask?
  • Where would it take place?
 How fun is that? Below is my post but I invite and encourage you to make up your own post and share with me your panel of favourite authors and/or characters.

The Where:

This was a no-brainer for me. If I had the opportunity to host a panel like this then it would be at the one library that I fell in love with the first time I laid eyes on it when I was a child...The Beauty and the Beast Library! How awesome would it be to mingle with your favourite book people inside the walls of this place?!

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The Who:

Again, another no-brainer but the hard part was narrowing it down to a reasonable number!

1. We have Jennifer Donnelly. She penned my favourite novel, Revolution.
2. Gayle Forman. She is the author of the If I Stay and Just One Day books.
3. John Green, a man that needs to introduction! And I'm sure, he would be on the Author's Panel of many readers!
4. Laurie Halse Anderson. She is most famously known for her novel Speak but has penned many thought-provoking books.
5. Rainbow Rowell. A favourite among many, I'm sure! Her novel Eleanor and Park has stayed with me every since I read the first line.
6.  Nicholas Sparks...If you're a regular at The Crazy Bookworm then this shouldn't surprise anyone! Most famously known for The Notebook, but all of his novels tug hard on those heart strings!
7. Jodi Picoult, another absolute favourite of mine. I will read ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that she writes! Her novel My Sister's Keeper really put her on people's radar after the release of the film.

The What:

Okay, now the serious stuff! The opportunity to ask your favourite author questions does not come up every day! It took me some time to try and think up the best questions for the authors. I wanted to ask questions that each one could answer. Here we go!

  • As a reader of all of your books, every single one of you made me cry like a baby! Are you an emotional reader? Has there ever been a book that made you cry? If so, which book?
  • You all write very thought-provoking novels. Each of you has made me explore deeper into my own personal values. Has there ever been a book that changed your view or opinion on something?
  • When did you realize that you wanted to be a Writer?
  • If not a writer, what would be your dream job?
  • What is the best and the hardest part of being a published author or a writer in general?
  • Fiction and Young Adult definitely tackle some pretty heavy issues that we are dealing with today: Bullying, drugs, rape, abuse, politics, etc. What are your thoughts on today's literature and the benefits it can have for today's readers?
  • What is your process for penning your character's story? 
  • Simply, what is your favourite book?
  • What is "A Day in your Life" like?
  • If you wrote a book about your life, what would it's title be?
 I would not be able to contain my excitement if something like this actually took place! 

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Thank you to Eventbrite for this awesome idea! I had such a blast letting my mind go wild with this one! If you'd like to find out and/or plan events in your area check them out!

Tell me, who would be on your author panel? Comment below!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

The Storyteller
Release Date: February 26th, 2013
Publisher: Atria
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 460 Pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interest

Sage Singer befriends an old man who's particularly beloved in her community. Josef Weber is everyone's favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. They strike up a friendship at the bakery where Sage works. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses... and then he confesses his darkest secret—he deserves to die, because he was a Nazi SS guard. Complicating the matter? Sage's grandmother is a Holocaust survivor.
What do you do when evil lives next door? Can someone who's committed a truly heinous act ever atone for it with subsequent good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren't the party who was wronged? And most of all—if Sage even considers his request—is it murder, or justice?

“Sometimes, all it takes to become human again is someone who can see you that way, no matter how you present on the surface.” 

It is no secret here at The Crazy Bookworm that I LOVE  Jodi Picoult. She is one of my 'auto-buy' authors, meaning I will buy anything she writes without even have a clue what the book is about. I find that she can craft the most diverse characters and the stories she pens are known to etch their way into my heart forever. 

The Storyteller was no exception. As a history buff, I have always had a...fascination(for lack of a better word) with WW2. I find that there are still so many untold stories that are being unearthed everyday. Picoult introduces us to Sage Singer, a night shift baker that is currently in a grief support group; grieving over the loss of her mother.  It is at this support group where she meets Josef Weber, a kind, gentle 95 year old man grieving the loss of his wife. Sage and Josef begin an unlikely friendship. Josef, enjoying Sage's company and baking, and Sage, enjoying having a friend, period. Someone that she can be herself completely with. As the premise details, Josef then asks Sage for a favour, to help him die, and with this, a story unfolds. A story that once told, you can never be the person you were before you the story began. This story will alter you. Will change your opinions, your view on the world and will leave you with more questions than answers. As a reader, it will have you going over so many questions in your own mind. What would you do?

One thing I adore about Picoult's writing is her delivery. She presents her novels(most of the time) in multiple perspective, but does it in such a way that every single character has a strong, independent voice. No character blends into the other. The simple trick of changing the font for each character adds to this, and makes for an easier reading experience. Who knew that a font type could suit a character!

I have to say, Josef immediately earned a special place in my heart. Yes, as you'll read, there will be moments where you may question me. But as I said, this novel will make you question your own opinions, and you won't be able to help asking yourself: "What would I do?". I formed my opinion of Josef on who he is today, even after his story was told. Complicated isn't even a big enough word to describe it!

It is hard to find words to describe how I felt while reading this book. I have to say that it is one of my favourites by Jodi Picoult, but one of the hardest to read. Jodi Picoult never lacks in research when it comes to crafting her novels, and you can tell that she went above and beyond for this novel. The characters may be fictional but I'm certain this novel is loaded with truth. I believe the story that she told is the story of many survivors and non-survivors of that time.

Another outstanding novel! The Storyteller will leave it's mark on you forever!

"I do believe in people. In their strength to help each other, and to thrive in spite of the odds."

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Unmentionable by Therese Oneill

Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners
Release Date: November 24th, 2016
Publisher: Little Brown
Genre: Non-Fiction Humour
Pages: 307 Pages
Format: Arc
Source: From the publisher
Reason: For review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

Have you ever wished you could live in an earlier, more romantic era? 
Ladies, welcome to the 19th century, where there's arsenic in your face cream, a pot of cold pee sits under your bed, and all of your underwear is crotchless. (Why? Shush, dear. A lady doesn't question.) 
UNMENTIONABLE is your hilarious, illustrated, scandalously honest (yet never crass) guide to the secrets of Victorian womanhood, giving you detailed advice on: 
~ What to wear ~ Where to relieve yourself ~ How to conceal your loathsome addiction to menstruating ~ What to expect on your wedding night ~ How to be the perfect Victorian wife ~ Why masturbating will kill you ~ And more
Irresistibly charming, laugh-out-loud funny, and featuring nearly 200 images from Victorian publications, UNMENTIONABLE will inspire a whole new level of respect for Elizabeth Bennett, Scarlet O'Hara, Jane Eyre, and all of our great, great grandmothers. 
(And it just might leave you feeling ecstatically grateful to live in an age of pants, super absorbency tampons, epidurals, anti-depressants, and not-dying-of-the-syphilis-your-husband-brought-home.) 
As part of my New Years resolutions, I am wanting to do more things outside of my comfort zone, and that includes what I read! I don't normally read non-fiction, although I own plenty! When I got approached to review Unmentionable, it sounds like the perfect way to dive into 2017!

Unmentionable was absolutely historical, laugh-out-loud funny! There were many times that I was dog-earring pages for my Fiance to read because he appreciates good humour while also learning something at the same time. Or while out for lunch with girlfriends pulling tidbits of knowledge for some unconventional table talk!

Therese Oneill does a spectacular job at delivering the cringe-worthy truth of what life was like for woman in the 19th century. She paints a very thorough picture of that era. The good, the bad, the ugly and very smelly! Oneill adds so much wit and charm to the novel that it makes it for a very easy and entertaining read!

If you love to laugh or are a fan of the Victorian era than Unmentionable is for you!

Sunday, January 8, 2017


Casted! is a new feature here at The Crazy Bookworm that will feature sporadically, but likely once a month. It is where we take our favourite reads, can be old or new, and conjure up our dream cast!

I would love it for you to join in with me! Either commenting your dream cast or making your own post. If you make your own post, be sure to link it in the comment so I can come check it out :)


Looking for Alaska

Okay, I know I am biting off a lot here. This book is pretty epic, and it would take some fine actors to live up to these parts. Here is who I would cast for Looking for Alaska.

Looking for Alaska
About the Book: 
Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . . 
After. Nothing is ever the same.

Miles Halter(Pudge) played by Nat Wolff
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When I saw Nat Wolff in The Fault in Our Stars I knew he would play the perfect "Pudge"! 

Alaska Young played by Cara Delevingne
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I know she stared in Greens'  Papertowns but let's admit it, she would rock the part of the wild Alaska Young. 

The Colonel played by Miles Teller
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I LOVE Miles Teller and I think he would easily adapt to playing this character!

There you have it! Who would you cast for Looking for Alaska?

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