Thursday, October 25, 2012

Review: All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen

What if your life wasn’t your own?

Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her reflection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.

Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense. Can Liv rebuild the pieces of her broken past, when it means questioning not just who she is, but what she is?

I was able to read an ARC of All the Broken Pieces, and while I was really into the story, I was totally conflicted by the ending. I'm a sucker for happy endings, but this didn't scream happy to me. It was . . . a resolution that had some positive outcomes, but a moral issue was only half way resolved. I can't get the unresolved part out of my head.

I thought the characters were well done, even if it did take Liv quiet awhile to dig into the details of her accident. And although I could have done without the swearing, the story was well written.