Cindi Madsen’s “All the Broken Pieces” is a contemporary/romance novel with a mystery thrown in that takes a look into the life of 16 year old Olivia Stein. Told in the third person POV, “Liv” wakes up from a coma with absolutely no memories of what actually happened to her or why things seem to be totally out of place. She has to rely on her parent’s version of what happened, and they claim she was in a near fatal car accident.
The next thing that she knows--she is being hauled away from Rochester, Minnesota, to a town called Cottonwood, Arizona. Upon arriving in Arizona, Liz feels that there is something definitely wrong with her and it isn’t far-fetched to say that she’s experiencing dual personality traits with flashbacks of someone else’s life and two distinctly separate voices in her head. She also has to deal with avoidance on behalf of her parents who refuse to tell her what actually happened to her and why they moved to Arizona in the first place.
Going to a new school against the wishes of her mother, Liv finds herself at the center of attention not only by the popular girls, but also by Spencer Hale, the so called trouble maker and bad boy. Happily, the romance isn’t ready to go at a moment’s notice. It takes a while to develop and there are quite a few bumps along the road to happiness. I think readers will actually come to enjoy the banter between Liv and Spencer as well as ongoing struggle to find out the truth behind the veil of secrecy that her parents created.
All the Broken Pieces is an interesting novel to say the least. Liv constantly struggles on a daily basis with the unknown feeling that she missing out on key parts of her former life. There are voices and flashbacks of someone else’s life that continue to drive her towards finding answers. Liv understands that there are things about her past that she will probably never understand but isn’t prepared to let go. She doesn’t fully give into the party line that her parents have created for her in regards to who she is, and why she can’t remember anything about what happened on the fateful night she lost not only her memories, but a part of herself as well.
There is a well versed mystery into what actually happened to Olivia and who she really is. When you get to the grand revelation, you will either figure it out for yourself before then, or be surprised to learn that the parents aren’t all that evil. You will also be rewarded with a nice Epilogue that really puts the story into prospective.
Thank you to Entangled Publishing for releasing an early copy of this book to me in lieu of an honest review!
Author - Cindy Madsen
Title - All the Broken Pieces
Publisher - Entangled Teen
Releases - December 11, 2012