I received this book at no cost from the publisherAll Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton
Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 7, 2019
“You can’t keep two people who are meant to be together apart for long…”
Lennon Davis doesn’t believe in much, but she does believe in the security of the number five. If she flicks the bedroom light switch five times, maybe her new L.A. school won’t suck. But that doesn’t feel right, so she flicks the switch again. And again. Ten more flicks of the switch and maybe her new step family will accept her. Twenty-five more flicks and maybe she won’t cause any more of her loved ones to die. Fifty times more and then she can finally go to sleep.
Kyler Benton witnesses this pattern of lights from the safety of his treehouse in the yard next door. It is only there, hidden from the unwanted stares of his peers, that Kyler can fill his notebooks with lyrics that reveal the true scars of the boy behind the oversized hoodies and caustic humor. But Kyler finds that descriptions of blonde hair, sad eyes, and tapping fingers are beginning to fill the pages of his notebooks. Lennon, the lonely girl next door his father has warned him about, infiltrates his mind. Even though he has enough to deal with without Lennon’s rumored tragic past in his life, Kyler can’t help but want to know the truth about his new muse.
My mom always used to say the rich have the same problems as poor people, you just add zeros to the balance sheet. This story just shows how much that is true.
Lennon has severe OCD and this is an illness that doesn’t have any outward appearances, like scars that something is horribly wrong. She blames herself that her mother is dead because of her OCD and that the OCD makes these thoughts even worse in her mind. Kyler’s scars are visible since he was burned in a fire and hates people to see him to the point that he can’t follow his dreams of playing with his band in public. The two live in mansions next to each other in LA, but while the outside looks wonderful, the inside is, well, just add zeros. These two are just as damaged as any Katie McGarry story.
The story is told in alternating voices, so you get to see both sides of how each character thinks. I had a few issues with Kyler and how his scar caused him to be a bit of control freak and matching that with Lennon’s OCD was sure to cause issues, but the story didn’t go where I thought it was going. I have to say what the story lacked in ending, the author made up for with her very real writing of characters. Every word meant something and for the most part this romance between two damaged people works. This really was a quick read for me.
L.D. Crichton is the author of THE ENCHANTMENT OF EMMA FLETCHER, which received a starred review from School Library Journal. She’s a coffee devotee and lip gloss enthusiast whose infatuation with music is truly astonishing. If she’s not reading, writing, or checking her horoscope for signs from the Universe, you can find her by the water in search of mermaids because they’re real. ALL OUR BROKEN PIECES is her first young adult novel. Represented by John Silbersack @ The Bent Agency.
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