“The girl is alone. The girl is not good in the world. No one likes the girl. She tries. But her mouth is mush.” So broods heroine Charlotte “Charlie” Davis in a stream-of-consciousness poem in the first section of Girl in Pieces (Delacorte Press, $18.99), Tucson writer Kathleen Glasgow’s debut novel. Glasgow’s semi-autobiographical tale is told in diary-like dispatches from Charlie, a 17-year-old girl grappling with a failed suicide attempt, continued self-harm and homelessness in addition to the regular rigors of teen angst. Her prose is poetic even in the novel’s grittiest moments – “I have to cut the black heat out” explains Charlie of her compulsion to cut herself – and will captivate fans of confessional novels/memoirs like Girl, Interrupted, Go Ask Alice, A Million Little Pieces and Crank. It’s billed as a young adult novel, but even adults long past that particularly tumultuous season of life will want to spend time with this Girl.
– Leah LeMoine
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