Publication Date: August 30th, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you. Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge. A deeply moving portrait of a teenage girl on the verge of losing herself and the journey she must take to survive in her own skin, Kathleen Glasgow’s debut is heartbreakingly real and unflinchingly honest. It’s a story you won’t be able to look away from.
I feel that I have to give you a clear warning before you start the first chapter. This is a book that will take a lot of you as a reader. It will use every ounce to pull, twist, and play your emotions to the point of extinction. It will make you sad, teary eyed and tissues may be used. However, you won't be able to put this book down. You won't be able to stop just after one chapter. You won't want to finish until the end. And this is why this should be your next read.
Charlotte Davis is a girl with a troubled life. She is the girl with the life parents would never wish for their daughters to have. Charlotte David is the girl who falls to possibly lowest point in life but has the one piece of hope to keep her hanging on. She has scars that are both visible and buried deep under her skin. Charlotte Davis takes us on an adventure and shows that even at your lowest point, with the right people and the right push your life is worth living.
This book was a slow read, however, I felt that it needed to be just that for the reader to fully grasp what was happening. The depth of emotion that was placed within every chapter and the way certain sentences were written made the story crucial in suffocating your emotions and teasing with little releases to breathe.
This book is meant for the mature young adult. Kathleen Glasgow writes a heart-wrenching debut that tells the story of a girl and the scars of not just her life but the world. I am so happy to have gotten the chance to meet her and pick up this read. I encourage you to take this emotional journey and see where this book takes you.