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Wise, tough, heart-breaking, funny, this compulsive love story is about facing your demons.

Wise, tough, heart-breaking, funny, this compulsive love story is about facing your demons.

Fifteen-year-old Rebecca McQuilten moves with her parents to a new city. Lonely but trying to fit in, she goes to a party, but that’s when things really fall apart.

I couldn’t tell anyone what had happened. Especially since I was the new girl in town. Who would want to believe me?

Things look up when she meets gregarious sixteen-year-old Cory Marshall.

‘You’re funny, Becs,’ Cory said.
‘You have no idea,’ I said, and clearly he didn’t, but I was smiling anyway.
And after that, he was all I could think about.

Cory helps Rebecca believe in herself and piece her life back together; but that’s before he shatters it all over again . . .

Reviews

I found it to be compelling, challenging, and heartbreaking, but very real. It handles teen issues with grace and sensitivity but doesn't shy away from honesty.

Katherine Granich, Tots to Teens

. . . really well done and sensitive . . . beautiful and tragic at the same time . . . a really good book . . . a controversial book

James Russell, Radio NZ

Welcome to New Zealand author Eileen Merriman’s debut YA novel, Pieces of You, which could well become one of the biggest local YA books of the year. It’s intelligent, literate—chapter headings reference classical and contemporary books—without becoming too scholarly, it’s pertinent, witty when it needs to be, thought-provoking and relatable.

Dionne Christian, NZ Herald

She absolutely nails the 15/16-year-old teenage girl mentality: the obsessive self-consciousness, the mood swings, the narrow focus on this very second of time and the belief that it’s all about them. . . The love interest in the story will keep the pages flying for many readers, I imagine. And here, again, Merriman’s acute observation and awareness of teen mentality comes to the fore. It all feels very real and fresh . . . what makes this novel fresh is her focus on the minutia of the teens’ lives and her awareness of teen mentality.

Denis Wright, The Sapling

This is quality New Zealand fiction for the young adult reader in your family. . . . Merriman captures the highs and lows, insecurities and the search for purpose as a young adult navigates their way into adulthood. A very honest, relevant and sometimes raw, novel.

Wairarapa Times-Age Weekend

This tragic teen romance is so compulsively readable it's hard to believe this is Kiwi writer Eileen Merriman's first published novel. . . I defy anyone to put Pieces of You down once they have started it. Not since John Green's 2012 novel The Fault in Our Stars have I read anything quite so tragically sweet.

Diane McCarthy, Eastern Bay Life

This book was nothing but a brilliant piece of young adult literature and I am so glad that I was able to have the chance to read something that brought a fraction of my teenage reality to life. I've never come across a novel that has been able to pin point specific issues that teenagers struggle with every day and has been able to resolve it in a way that doesn't leave you feeling frustrated and ripped off. I'd like to personally award Eileen Merriman for writing the most accurate and unbelievably heartfelt young adult debut EVER!

Ella Fleming, Words of Euphoric Nostalgia bookblog

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Chapter 1:
Rebecca

*Please note* that this extract contains adult themes and is suitable for readers aged 16+.

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