Review: All The Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen

All The Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Publisher:  Entangled Teen
Pages: 304
Source:  Publisher

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?

 

Review:  When I started reading Liv’s story, I was immediately reminded of another book, The Adoration of Jenna Fox. Both books have characters that have been involved in an accident, were both in a coma, and have big secrets being withheld from them.

Liv was a likable character. When her parents felt she was well enough to venture out she went to school and dealt with all the cliques and problems teens have but I really felt for her because she had no memories of anything – pop culture, music, growing up – no memories at all. I felt her frustration as she tried to deal with two different voices in her head besides her own and kept trying over and over to find out what happened to her.

Enter Spencer. Hot boy with a shady past and lots of layers. He wasn’t instantly likable but did have that lure that bad boys have. When he and Liv crossed paths, the sparks flew and I wondered how long until they hooked up, despite the fact that everyone warned Liv away from him. I liked the playful side he brought to the story as he encouraged Liv to try out several mundane things for the first time and became her strongest ally.

The writing style of this story kept me engaged but it was the secrets each character was hiding that really hooked me. The secondary characters were enjoyable, as well as the pacing, and the story ended in a way that was satisfying.