Very in Pieces
Harper Teen, 978-0062348395, $17.99
A reverse coming-of-age novel in which Very Woodruff, a straight–A student in a family of free-spirited artists, must come to terms with hard truths about those she loves most.
With her mom’s drinking, her dad’s extended absences from home, and her younger sister, Ramona, running wild, the path Very has always seen for herself doesn’t seem to matter anymore. At the same time, Very’s grandmother, a poet known less for her work and more for her exploits with the likes of Andy Warhol and Arthur Miller, is slipping away.
If everything else can fall to pieces, why can’t she?
” Fans of Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun (2010) and The Sky Is Everywhere (2014, both Dial) will appreciate the realistic, authentic, and lyrical teen voice that this novel has to offer.” – School Library Journal
“It’s a believable and engaging story of the decline of a cherished grandmother and community member, and a girl trying to find her place in her family, her relationship, and life.” – Publisher’s Weekly
A “solid coming of age story.” – Kirkus Reviews
“The Verdict: A well-written novel about the impact that negative change can have on one strong-willed family’s lives. Recommended for those looking for a strong contemporary read with a touch of romance and a lot of heart.” – Eden Gray at YA Books Central