34 Pieces of You

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About The Book

A dark and moving novel—reminiscent of Thirteen Reasons Why—about the mystery surrounding a teenage girl’s fatal overdose.

There was something about Ellie…something dangerous. Charismatic. Broken. Jake looked out for her. Sarah followed her lead. And Jess kept her distance—and kept watch.

Now Ellie’s dead, and Jake, Sarah, and Jess are left to pick up the pieces. All they have are thirty-four clues she left behind. Thirty-four strips of paper hidden in a box beneath her bed. Thirty-four secrets of a brief and painful life.

Jake, Sarah, and Jess all feel responsible for what happened to Ellie, and all three have secrets of their own. As they confront the past, they will discover not only the darkest truths about themselves, but also what Ellie herself had been hiding all along…

About The Author

Photograph by Suzette DeMatteo

Carmen Rodrigues lives and plays in the great urban wilds of Northern Virginia, where she is a writer by day and an educator by night. She earned her MFA from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. The Universal Laws of Marco is her third young adult novel. Visit her at CarmenRodrigues.com.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (September 4, 2012)
  • Length: 336 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442439085
  • Grades: 9 and up
  • Ages: 14 - 99

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Raves and Reviews

"A realistic journeycovering both before and after the death of a loved one, 34 Pieces of You willappeal to fans of serious, realistic fiction such as Cut by PatriciaMcCormick and Wintergirlsby Laurie Halse Anderson."

– Shanyn Day,, Shelf Awareness

"[C]learly drawn characters and insights into one individual's profound influence on the lives of those around her result in a haunting read." --Publishers Weekly

Awards and Honors

  • ALA Quick Picks Nominee

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