Published by HarperTeen on August 8th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
From Wattpad phenom Sarah White comes a steamy teen romance about one girl’s quest to find herself after a traumatic breakup.
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?
Our Broken Pieces is labeled as a young adult contemporary romance, but to me it seemed to be more of a coming of age read. These are two young people who older beyond their years, and have been through a pretty good amount of crap, each in their own ways.
We meet Everly just after learning that her long time boyfriend has broke up with her, which is heartbreaking enough, but it’s not just that. He broke up with her because he was seeing her best friend behind her back. Everly’s parent send her to see a therapist when she start having severe anxiety attacks to get her some help. This is also where we meet Gabe who receiving therapy but for something different. It isn’t hard to see that Everly and Gabe has some sort of connection, not necessarily a romantic one at first either. Both of these two have their own issues and are trying to put the pieces of themselves back together. And somewhere along the way something changes between them. Now there is a few fairly steamy scenes between Everly and Gabe but I was happy for them.
I have to say, I adored Everly, even with all the rumors and the stares in the halls and friends turning on her, she never spread rumors herself or had a nasty word even for used to be best friend. Gabe was pretty amazing too. With what his family has been through, is just awful but somehow Gabe has managed to stay strong for his family and his sister. The secondary characters like Everly and Gabe’s parents, to Everly’ younger sister played such an important part, it was hard to see them as just secondary characters. They were very developed and I enjoyed them.
I would say the only complaint I have is the ending, it was a little on the abrupt side. I was hoping for some more, but I guess in the end it was a fitting end for the story of Every and Gabe. Overall, this was a really great read for me and I would certainly recommend for fans of YA contemporary coming of age reads.