I’ve been doing a great job this year keeping up with popular new releases and trying books by new-to-me authors. In the last couple of weeks, I spoke about Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Elizabeth Acevedo, this week it will be all about Non Pratt. Probably next year I’ll need to adjust my goals a bit and read books by the authors I read before instead. 😀
To be honest, other than «Giant Days» which I learned about from Jadeyreads YouTube channel, I’ve never seen or heard about any of Non Pratt books before. Even though I wasn’t “wowed” by «Every Little Piece of My Heart», I definitely want to read some more of her books in the future.
When Sophie receives a parcel from her best friend, Freya, she expects it to contain the reason why Freya left town so suddenly, without goodbyes and without explanation. Instead, she finds a letter addressed to Win, a girl Freya barely knew – or did she? As more letters arrive for more people on the periphery of Freya’s life, Sophie and Win begin to piece together who Freya was and why she left. Sometimes it’s not about who’s gone, but about who they leave behind
Thank you Netgalley and Walker Books for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the company or its affiliates in any way.
Sophie, Freya, Win, Sunny, and their life full of drama was very entertaining to follow. However, you know how some YA books are perfectly enjoyable to read at any age? Well… this one was the opposite. I know I would have loved this book way more if I read it during my teenage years.
WHAT I LIKED:
1 – More and more authors include diverse characters in their books, and I love how the bookish community evolved in just a couple of years. Even though I have no idea what it’s like to live with a chronic illness, I think that representation in «Every Little Piece of my Heart» was done particularly well. I love when authors include diverse characters in their books but don’t make their “diversity” the main point of the plot. Instead, it’s there to show a different angle, to let the readers connect with the characters in their own way.
So many people (so many kids!) live hand in hand with chronic illnesses, with pain and everyday struggles that come with it, and yet there are so little books that include this part of our lives.
2 – The mystery element of this novel was what, essentially, kept me going. Sophie’s best friend, Freya, suddenly left the school and town where she used to live with her mother, abandoning all of her friends, not saying goodbye, and then ghosting everybody from her “past” life. After 6 months of this “disappearance” Sophie receives a parcel from Freya and that’s where the fun begins.
The fact that we don’t get Freya’s PoV in the book, makes this mystery even more compelling. I loved discovering all the secrets, truths, and lies.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE:
1 – As much as I liked the representation in this book, I did not like the characters. The only one that seemed somewhat alright was Win, but I don’t feel like I got to know her enough to properly get attached to her character. The mystery was there, the plot was well-thought-out, but the characters needed some further development.
There isn’t much more to say about this book. It was a very typical YA high-school story with lots of drama. I read it very quickly, but nothing (besides the representation) really stuck with me.
What other books by Non Pratt would you recommend? Leave your thoughts in the comments below! ❤