34 Pieces Of You, a novel
34 Pieces Of You, a novel
34 Pieces Of You, a novel

34 Pieces Of You, a novel

There was something about Ellie... Something dangerous. Charismatic. Broken. Jake looked out for her. Sarah followed her lead. And Jess kept her distance, and k

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That Hello Kitty sticker reminds me of being eleven, of being okay, of a time when my mind had less racing thoughts. You remind me of these things too.--34 Pieces of You, a novel.

After Mom left to join Dad at the hospital, I put on Bedknobs and Broomsticks and sat with my sisters on the couch. Mom had loved this movie as a girl and would play it for us whenever we got sick or something terrible happened. When her mom died, years before, we watched Bedknobs and Broomsticks for what felt like weeks.--34 Pieces of You

[Lola] sat on the edge of my bed and unloaded her overnight bag, which had two walkie-talkies, a flashlight, and a pair of binoculars. Then she explained her plan. Afterward, she looked at me, her eyes intense, and said, "So are you in or out?" I stared at her blankly. I couldn't tell if she was serious about breaking into Ellie's house. --34 Pieces of You.

I arrive in Miami with two carry-on bags and a weight in my chest. The bags are light, just the essentials: my toothbrush, clothes, running shoes. The weight in my chest is heavy: Ellie's life, Ellie's passing, my longing for Sarah, my failure at school, my broken link to my mother. --34 Pieces of You.

I think about what Tommy has said about him and Sarah being over, consider what that means. When it grows dark, I put on my gear and run. --34 Pieces of You.

Before she met Ellie and became popular, Sarah spent hours hiding behind her bed, building a glamour-doll city. I preferred daydreaming or reading books that were a bit too advanced for me, like 'Forever' by Judy Blume. I'd found a worn copy in Mom's memory chest, read it as fast as I could, and felt sad for weeks after because it taught me that boys were gross and first love didn't last forever.--34 Pieces of You

This was October. The fireflies had already burrowed their blinking bodies away for a long winter, but inside Ellie's bedroom it was nice and warm. -- 34 Pieces of You

[Amber] retreats a little then. Looks out the window at the street traffic below. It's an all-too-familiar view. For the last few months I've missed class after class, lost in the monotonous lives of those tiny people, the fascinating predictability of the traffic lights as they change from green to red. -- A scene in Jake's dorm room at NYU, 34 Pieces of You