Thursday, November 19, 2020

Book Review: Every Little Piece of My Heart by Non Pratt

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Title: Every Little Piece of My Heart
Series: -
Author: Non Pratt
Publisher: Walker Books
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Disability, LGBT
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: August 6th 2020
Pages: 343

Synopsis (Goodreads): 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.


My rating: 4 / 5 ★

I am aware of the fact that any excerpts from ARCs (Advanced Readers Copies) are impermanent, but it's a shame that the synopsis of Every Little Piece of My Heart was changed to the one currently on Goodreads. The one on Goodreads made it seem like the story mainly revolves around Sophie and Win—although in a way, it is true—but the story actually involved four different perspectives, including Sophie's and Win's. The synopsis on the ARC that I own presents the story better in my opinion, but perhaps it was changed to the one on Goodreads to add an element of surprise to the story.

A single parcel connects strangers, acquaintances and enemies, creating a set of unlikely friends that stick to each other for the sake of learning the truth about the sender of the parcel. Sophie was the first one to receive the parcel from her best friend, and the trail that followed became a cruel game of learning the truth of how their lives interconnected with a single person.

The story was written in a vague way; from the beginning to the middle of it, I honestly felt like there was no point at all in the story. I couldn't grasp why I should care that Freya, a girl that seemed to be liked by everyone who suddenly disappeared without even telling her best friend, left a parcel behind to her friends. But then I realised that no, the story was not at all about Freya, but about what was learned by those whom she left behind.

Freya was introduced as someone very pretty and likeable, but when all the puzzle pieces were connected, she was actually someone who just always made herself the center of attention. Despite not really fond of the flow of the story, I was able to relate to the story because I've known people like Freya. They're the kind of "friends" that do whatever that pleases them, and we'll end up sacrificing parts of ourselves in the guise of being their "supportive friend". I think it's ironic that she dated someone just like her, someone whose prettiness and status hid their manipulative and selfish traits. This kind of friend can break you worse than an enemy, and I've been there enough to know how Sophie felt.

But Sophie probably had it worse. I like the strength her character has; she was diagnosed with lupus, a systemic autoimmune disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. I've heard of lupus before, but I only learned what it actually is about thanks to this book. Judging by the acknowledgements, I believe that the author made enough research for the disease and created a good rep for it through this story. Being sick as she is, I felt that the things she had to go through because of Freya to be cruel. Her biggest flaw is probably caring too much for Freya, someone who couldn't give back the same amount of love that she gave out.

Other than Sophie, I like Win's calm and collected character as well, but my favourite character would probably be Sunny, Win's younger sister. She was not part of the trail that Freya left behind, but her existence definitely made the story brighter. I'm able to relate myself more to Sophie and Win, people who enjoyed quiet moments, but I like being in the presence of bubbly people like Sunny. I'm fond of Lucas as well, and there were rare moments that I find Ryan to be fun too. 

Throughout the story, I was ready to give it a 3 stars, but the way it ended changed my mind. I like how the characters learned their worth by the end. They learned how to let go of people that shouldn't stay, and instead keep those that know their worth close to them. Friendship is supposed to work both ways, and I believe that the four of them will be able to do so without demanding anything from each other.

In the end, this story is about learning the truth about real friendship, those who you need to let go and those who you need to keep holding on. I probably won't recommend this book to anyone that I know, but I do acknowledge that this book is good for young adults as it focused on teen drama and friendships.

Many thanks to Pansing for sending me a copy of Every Little Piece of My Heart in exchange for my honest review. This book is available in all good bookstores.


"Just because someone doesn't advertise their feelings, doesn't mean those feelings don't exist." Her words whipped out louder, a calm sea stirred by a storm. "People are complicated – and you don't get to shit on them just because you're sad."

Till next time ♡ Love, Aishah Humaira'

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