Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn
Release Date: June 11, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen; 419 pages
On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished.
A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon.
Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish . . . a bloody razor . . . and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese's fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape—unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past.
There's poetry in this book. Almost after every chapter (or before every chapter, however you want to look at it) we get to read another one of Annaliese's poems from before she mysteriously disappeared and reappeared nearly a year later. Most of her poems are about a boy, Logan Rice, a star football player on her high school team and a guy she had been in love with since she could remember. All she wanted was him to acknowledge her and love her back, not too much to as, right? When you're desperate, you'll do just about anything and most cases it turns out far worse than it was before.
This wasn't a book I could fly through, as much as I really wanted to, I couldn't. That's not always a bad thing, people. I felt the need to savor and think things over before I could move on. I cannot stress just how strange this book was and it took a lot of thinking over; hell, I'm still thinking it over after having finished it twelve hours ago. It's not a light, easy read which I'm used to reading but it's one that's going to stick for awhile.
Sadly, it's one of those books where you can't have me talk much about the story without giving it away and that totally would ruin the mystery of the book and the overall way you feel about the book. I will not do that you, a reader of books. Instead, I will just continue to gush about how different this book was and how much I liked it, surprisingly.
I can, however, talk about some of the characters without giving too much away. My favorite character, besides Annaliese, was the odd neighbor, Dex, who plays a rather huge part in the current Annaliese but also the Annaliese that had gone missing. He's so strange, so honest and so fascinating that you can't help but like him. He's got a twisted past, too which makes him that much more interesting. There is also two other guys that play a big part in this book; Logan, who seemed rather interesting at first but then I just wanted to push him in to a locker and leave him there. Then there's Eric, who is creepy and weird and . . . just no thank you.
Annaliese was fantastic. The only downside to her characters was how often she would cry. I would cry quite a bit with being in her situation but at times I was like, really? Crying wasn't really necessary in certain scenes but that's a minor annoyance that I could totally look past.
If you are looking for something different, and I have never meant this more than I do now, this is something you need to read. Do not go in to this book thinking it could be a fun, light read (though, from the description I don't think this will be a problem) because you will be in for a huge shock.
Thank you so much to HarperTeen for allowing me the chance to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
It took me a minute to understand, and say my line. "Who's there?"
"A little old lady."
"A little old lady who?"
"I didn't know you could yodel."
"Bad?" Dex asked. I nodded. "Okay, how about, Why did the midget get kicked out of the nudist colony?"
"He kept sticking his nose in everybody's business."
I groaned again, but this time a snort of laughter also escaped. And Dex kept going, one terrible joke after another, until I laughed so hard I cried. Then I just cried, while Dex held my hand. And when there were no tears left, I began to tell Dex everything, laying out all the jadded pieces of memory.
Finally, I confessed all my sins. And it was easy, becaue I knew they had already been forgiven.
page 289-290 (paperback ARC)
I had to include this excerpt because it made me laugh. It was so goody and believe me, laughing along with this felt good. Tell me you didn't at least chuckle?
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