Sunday, December 17, 2023

#BookReview: Pieces of Me by Kate McLaughlin @AlterKates

Synopsis: The next gut-punching, compulsively readable Kate McLaughlin novel, about a girl finding strength in not being alone.

When eighteen-year-old Dylan wakes up, she’s in an apartment she doesn’t recognize. The other people there seem to know her, but she doesn't know them – not even the pretty, chiseled boy who tells her his name is Connor. A voice inside her head keeps saying that everything is okay, but Dylan can’t help but freak out. Especially when she borrows Connor’s phone to call home and realizes she’s been missing for three days.

Dylan has lost time before, but never like this.

Soon after, Dylan is diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, and must grapple not only with the many people currently crammed inside her head, but that a secret from her past so terrible she’s blocked it out has put them there. Her only distraction is a budding new relationship with Connor. But as she gets closer to finding out the truth, Dylan wonders: will it heal her or fracture her further?


Rating: 5 Stars
My Review: 
This author with her numerous pen names has always blown me away with her stories. And this one is no less amazing. She has a way of drawing you into the story and just making you care for her characters and their plights. I loved this one so much and felt so much as these characters went through their issues. This is an amazing look at someone with Dissociative Identity Disorder and what they go through. You could tell how much research the author did for this and it just made it so much more real.

About the Author

KATE MCLAUGHLIN grew up in rural Nova Scotia with only her imagination and the Bay of Fundy to keep her entertained. That imagination was encouraged by her mother, and Kate began writing at age eight. She’s published more than 50 books under different pen names, including What Unbreakable Looks LikeDaughter, and Pieces of Me. She, her husband Steve, and her four fur-kids live in Connecticut.  --This text refers to the hardcover edition.


Praise for Pieces of Me:

Pieces of Me is a chilling, yet empathetic, look into Dissociative Identity Disorder. With her calm, pure, voice, Kate McLaughlin delves deep into the crevices of this misunderstood disorder and a young woman's mind. I had to keep reading not only to understand Dylan, the main character―but to understand all of the people inside Dylan’s head." - Hayley Krischer, author of Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf and The Falling Girls

Praise for Daughter:

"A dark, surprisingly moving tale... Packed with great characters and a plot that often feels a little too much like real life, 
Daughter also manages to ask thoughtful questions about complicity, agency, and what justice really looks like." - Paste Magazine, "The Best New YA Books of March 2022"

“A chilling story of victimization, shame, and the casualties of crime, McLaughlin explores the myriad of emotions involved in discovering a heinous truth, and the obligation one can feel to fight for those who no longer can. Haunting and memorable, this book is perfect for true-crime junkies.” - Laurie Faria Stolarz, bestselling author of 
The Last Secret You’ll Ever Keep

Praise for What Unbreakable Looks Like:

* A YALSA 2021 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers *

"This shines a light on a little-talked-about topic that involves teens." - 
Booklist (Starred Review)

"This story of resilience and recovery is gritty and heavy but ultimately hopeful... A gut-punch story with an uplifting ending." - 

"[A] beautiful insight into what it means to heal and have hope. ...If you are wanting a heartwarming, heartbreaking, inspiring, and hard hitting story, I would definitely recommend you pick this book up." -
 The Nerd Daily

"Gritty and moving, 
What Unbreakable Looks Like is a compelling story about recovery and the problem of human trafficking that persists today." - Young Adult Books Central

"With unflinching honesty, 
What Unbreakable Looks Like exposes the injuries and scars we wear on our skins or in our souls. Hidden damage is tragically common, but helpful others who dared embrace hope invite Alexa to step onto the healing path. This novel may offer a springboard for a reader's own healing or foster empathy for life's walking wounded." - Liz Coley, author of international bestseller Pretty Girl-13

"Raw, unflinching, and authentic, Kate McLaughlin's thoughtful 
What Unbreakable Looks Like carefully crafts a story exposing the vulnerability of underage trafficked girls and what it takes to begin the process of healing from sexual trauma." - Christa Desir, author, advocate, and founding member of The Voices and Faces Project

“This is a powerful book about a sobering topic that I found myself thinking about for days after I completed it. It is wonderfully poignant, painfully real, and even laugh out loud funny at times. Not everyone can truly wrap their minds around the trauma these victims endure and yet somehow, despite all of it, are still just regular kids. But Kate McLaughlin gets it. ‘Lex’ is truly what unbreakable looks like and you’ll fall in love with her spirit.” - Tanya Compagnone, Trooper First Class

“Sex trafficking continues to seep into all our communities. In this novel, Kate McLaughlin brings to life the trauma that transpires in youth who forced into the life of sex trafficking. Her novel is a reminder that each of us can make a difference in someone’s life.” - Dina R. St. George, MSW, Juvenile Re-Entry Unit OCPD

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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