PIECES OF ME by Amber Kizer
Kirkus Star

PIECES OF ME

Age Range: 12 - 18

KIRKUS REVIEW

This unusual and affecting story ties the lives of five completely different teens together through the transplant donations of one who dies.

The five teens are Jessica, a shy girl with a wealthy socialite mother; Sam, a boy who believes in miracles and spends his life blogging; Vivian, a talented artist with no social life; Leif, a football star with demanding, famous-athlete parents; and Misty, a girl from a poor, immigrant family. Four of them will receive the organs of one who dies. The ghostly donor, always watching each recipient but unable to communicate with him or her, narrates the story as the four surviving teens move toward one another and, eventually, toward the memory of the donor. At last, when one recipient appears to be in serious danger, the rest work together in an effort to help. Kizer keeps her focus on the difficult choices each character faces while effectively penning attractive, three-dimensional portraits of each. If the parents remain somewhat flat, each teen comes across as a realistic, unique individual whom readers will care for. Each has a different choice to make as well: Who will stand up to their parents? Who will reach out to others? And how will the narrator, the dead character, come to peace with death?

Different, sensitive and emotional, as well as an effective argument for organ donation. (Paranormal fiction. 12 & up)

Pub Date: Feb. 11th, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-385-74116-3
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Delacorte
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2013




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