Book Title:
Very in Pieces
Book Author:
Megan Frazer Blakemore
Publishing Date:
September 29th, 2015
Date Read:
September 22nd, 2015


Very Sales-Woodruff is done being a good girl. Done being the only responsible one in a family that’s unraveling. Done being the obliging girlfriend in a relationship that’s sinking. Done saying no to what she wants—like Dominic, her rebellious classmate.

With her mom’s drinking, her dad’s extended absences from home, and her younger sister, Ramona, running wild, the path Very has always seen for herself doesn’t seem to matter anymore. At the same time, Very’s grandmother, a poet known less for her work and more for her exploits with the likes of Andy Warhol and Arthur Miller, is slipping away.

If everything else can fall to pieces, why can’t she?

My Review

Very in Pieces is a book about…well…I honestly have no idea.

I think this book is supposed to be about a girl who feels like everything is falling apart in her life, and the problems in her family, and who can’t take any of these things anymore, and just wants to stop being this good girl who everyone has high hopes for.

It sounds pretty interesting, and while the synopsis kind of made it sound like a thousand other young adult books exactly like it, I was intrigued anyway.  So I started reading, with high hopes, especially because this book was published by HarperTeen, and their books are always amazing.

Well…ten percent into it I couldn’t figure out what I was even reading.  Very was just a normal girl, who does incredibly well in school, is a good daughter and sister, and who loves her grandmother.  It was kind of boring and I honestly can’t say I was enjoying it, but I kept reading.

Twenty-five percent through this book I was falling asleep.

Almost halfway through the book, I realized that there was absolutely nothing interesting in this book, and I decided I’d had enough.

Seriously, this book is just boring.  Nothing interesting happened in it, except for when some kids glued bottlecaps to the outside of Very’s grandmother’s house because it was symbolic to poem that she had written.  And the bottlecaps made everyone mad, except Very’s grandmother, Nonnie.  Nonnie was the only character in this book that had any type of personality.

I hate giving bad reviews, and I rarely ever DNF a book, but this was just…I don’t know, a big disappointment, I guess.  I had really high hopes for this one.  I feel like this could have been written differently and more interesting elements in it to have been a better story, but as it is, I just can’t see myself able to finish this one any time soon.

Note: I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

1 stars
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4 Responses to Very in Pieces by Megan Frazer Blakemore

  1. Jazmen says:

    Man I hate when a book is boring! Sorry this one didn’t go well.

  2. Aw man! That’s too bad about this one. I received an ARC of it but wasn’t in the mood for an emotional intense book so I haven’t picked it up yet. Thanks so much for your review — good to know that this book doesn’t have much going on. I will probably end up passing on this one.

    • Kelly says:

      It really was a bummer. I expected it to be all emotional and it wasn’t…it wasn’t much of anything and that was what ruined it for me…it was just dull. If you do decide to read it, I definitely hope you enjoy it a lot more than I did!

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