All the Broken Pieces
by Cindi MadsenPublisher: Entangled Teen
Expected Publication Date: December 11, 2012
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?
My Thoughts: What would you do if you woke up with no memory of your past, none whatsoever. That is what happens to Olivia "Liv" Stein. Liv finds herself awakening from a coma with not only no memory of her past, she also has a huge scar in her chest and another on her neck, and has been in an terrible accident that she has no recollection of. Her mom and dad suddenly move her across the country to a new state, new town, new people, even though she doesn't even remember the old people in her life. Her mother is quite overprotective and when Olivia questions her about her past, she gets stonewalled, causing her to feel like something isn't quite right. Meanwhile, Liv thinks she is losing her mind, hearing conflicting voices in her head, having dreams of people she doesn't recognize, dreams that seem more like memories. After making the decision to attend the local high school, Liv finds herself friends with the "popular crowd," well sort of. She also meets a boy, Spencer, who comes off as a loner and a jerk, but ends up becoming her best friend. Spencer has a lot of his own issues that he is trying to work past, and his mood swings are.....difficult.....to say the least.
Spencer and Liv begin to spend more and more time together. She tells him what happened, and he is determined for her to experience all the things she has forgotten, even making a "bucket list" of sorts, of things Liv needs to do. Liv finds herself falling hard for Spencer, but gets mixed signals from him as to where their relationship is going. Because of things that have happened in Spencer's past, he feels he cannot or does not deserve to have a relationship. These feelings that stem from guilt, anger, and regret, yet he has been a lifeline for Liv, helping her put together all the broken pieces of her life. Heartbroken, Liv decides to date someone, only this doesn't go over well with Spencer, and he must come to terms with what happened or face losing any chance at a relationship with Liv. As Liv's memories become clearer, yet more confusing at the same time, with Spencer's help she finds out the truth surrounding her mysterious past. An inevitable confrontation takes place that results in Liv having to face the unbelievable truth of what has happened to her, and she must make a decision as to how she is going to deal with that truth, which will affect not only her, but those she has come to care so deeply for.
I really liked this book. The plot was amazing and mysterious, causing you to think you know what is going on, then keeping you guessing at the same time. As the truth unravels, it even has sort of a sci-fi feel to it. Then of course there is the romance, my favorite part, and Cindi Madsen has done a fantastic job in pulling everything together. I really liked Liv's character. Though she struggles with who she is, she still really wants to do the right thing for everyone. I loved Spencer. Even though he comes across as a jerk sometimes, he redeems himself......swoon......not to mention he is really hot. I enjoyed the relationship between Liv and Spencer, watching it develop from friendship to something more, as they each dealt with their brokenness, while trying to help the other as well. The romance was sweet, and Spencer even had his sexy moments. Then there was the mystery behind what really happened to Liv, why she is having these weird memories and conflicting voices, and why her parents really moved her so quickly, which was intriguing and thrilling. Then of course there is the ending, and the book ended very well, even having an epilogue, and I so love epilogues. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. If you enjoy YA contemporary romance mixed with mystery and intrigue, with the added bonus of a little bit of a science fiction feel to it (you'll see what I mean when you get to the end of the book), then I would definitely recommend that you check out All the Broken Pieces.
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Here's a Short Excerpt:"I'm not as fragile as she makes me out to be, you know." She lifted her chin and put conviction into her voice. "I can take care of myself."
One corner of his mouth turned up. "Yeah, I can tell by how you act whenever you think you might be bleeding." He put his hand on her shoulder. "But don't worry, the last thing I'd call you is fragile."
She didn't know if that was a good thing or a bad thing.
He gave her shoulder a light squeeze. "I'm glad you gave me a chance even though I was a jerk. being a loner kind of sucked."
"Well, you weren't a complete jerk. You did help me gather my papers on the first day of school." She took a tentative step toward him. "And everything after that has more than made up for the beginning."
He leaned closer, his lips moving towards hers. her heart raced, and she automatically leaned into him.
Then he gave her a hug so short she didn't even know if it counted, and he stepped back.
"See you tomorrow."
About this author: Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.