About the Book
Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people do in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.
Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.
A deeply moving portrait of a girl in a world that owes her nothing, and has taken so much, and the journey she undergoes to put herself back together. Kathleen Glasgow’s debut is heartbreakingly real and unflinchingly honest. It’s a story you won’t be able to look away from.
Finally, finally, I have gotten around to reading this. It’s been on my bookshelf for far too long. After finishing this, I am in awe that Glasgow has exposed herself so raw to write this story. Charlie won’t make the decisions you want her to and will frustrate you every step of the way. You will cry with her, yell at her, and cheer her on, sometimes all in one chapter. You will forget you were once a teen who made mistakes and scream at her all over again.
Where other readers didn’t like the short chapters, I actually liked it. It made the reading go faster and provided a very easy excuse to read just one more chapter, and maybe just one more, because they are short, after all.
There are some corny references to Charlie’s tears, a lot. But I think that’s what makes the book that much more enjoyable. I loved all the characters that made Charlie’s life more meaningful, the ones that brought light into her world, and even those you didn’t like brought something worthwhile into her young life. Her story is that of so many others in many varying aspects—an absolutely touching read.