ARC Review & Giveaway: Our Broken Pieces by Sarah White

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The only thing worse than having your boyfriend dump you is having him dump you for your best friend. For Everly Morgan the betrayal came out of nowhere. One moment she had what seemed like the perfect high school relationship, and the next, she wanted to avoid the two most important people in her life. Every time she sees them kiss in the hallways her heart breaks a little more.

The last thing on Everly’s mind is getting into another relationship, but when she meets Gabe in her therapist’s waiting room she can’t deny their immediate connection. Somehow he seems to understand Everly in a way that no one else in her life does, and maybe it’s because Gabe also has experience grappling with issues outside of his control. Just because they share so many of the same interests and there is an undeniable spark between them doesn’t mean Everly wants anything more than friendship. After all, when you only barely survived your last breakup, is it really worth risking your heart again?

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Everly is no longer in a relationship with Brady.  She caught Brady making out with her best friend Elle.  She has been hiding out since as the drama spins out of control at school.  She has been having a difficult time seeing them together.  Plus Elle seems to be trying to turn all her friends against her.  Everly doesn’t have a clue on what to do or how to feel better.  She knows her mom and sister are worried about her.  So she is trying.
One day at her therapy appointment, she notices a cute guy in the waiting room.  He smells like chlorine.  He knows her name but she has no clue who he is.  When she finds out he goes to her school and is even in her class, she is shocked.
Gabe is cute and on the swim team.  Everly likes his company and decides to start making new friends.  Gabe being the first one and Angie being the second.  She starts pulling herself together and getting on with her life.
Gabe is dealing with his own issues that has him putting back together his own pieces.  Everly fears her feelings and giving her heart away again.  Would she survive it if Gabe didn’t think she was enough?

This was a great read.  Neither character is perfect and both are dealing with heavy subjects.  Everly has anxiety issues and is depressed which she currently seeks help for from a professional.  I’m glad the author included her therapy sessions in the story.  It was done in a positive light.  The subjects of suicide and being Bi-polar are explored in the story.  I liked the angle the author used when presenting these issues to the reader.  The age group was ideal as was the approach.  Most readers can identify with Everly’s situation.  The honesty in her fear and how she feels about Brady and Elle are extremely realistic.  The author also does a good job of illustrating with words what being bi-polar looks like and how difficult it is to deal with someone with the disease.  It is messy and scary which I think the author captured well.  This was a great story with dark downs and incredible ups.  A lovely story of trust, friendship, heartbreak and new love.  I give it a 4.5 out of 5.

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