Hello, lovely peeps!
How’s your week going so far? Mine’s a whirlwind of busy stuff and tight schedules so I hope yours are much better than mine. LOL Nevertheless, I still have to squeeze some time during work to share this super exciting blog tour for a book I LOVE so much with all of you! I’m blessed to be able to partake in my second Rockstar Book Tour, featuring one of the best reads I have this year, ALL OUR BROKEN PIECES by L. D. Crichton. ❤
Title: All Our Broken Pieces
Author: L. D. Crichton
Release Date: May 7th, 2019
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Genres: YA Contemporary Romance
“You can’t keep two people who are meant to be together apart for long…”
Lennon Davis doesn’t believe in much, but she does believe in the security of the number five. If she flicks the bedroom light switch five times, maybe her new L.A. school won’t suck. But that doesn’t feel right, so she flicks the switch again. And again. Ten more flicks of the switch and maybe her new step family will accept her. Twenty-five more flicks and maybe she won’t cause any more of her loved ones to die. Fifty times more and then she can finally go to sleep.
Kyler Benton witnesses this pattern of lights from the safety of his treehouse in the yard next door. It is only there, hidden from the unwanted stares of his peers, that Kyler can fill his notebooks with lyrics that reveal the true scars of the boy behind the oversized hoodies and caustic humor. But Kyler finds that descriptions of blonde hair, sad eyes, and tapping fingers are beginning to fill the pages of his notebooks. Lennon, the lonely girl next door his father has warned him about, infiltrates his mind. Even though he has enough to deal with without Lennon’s rumored tragic past in his life, Kyler can’t help but want to know the truth about his new muse. (From: Goodreads)
***Actual Rating: 5/5 Fire-to-Dust Stars***
”Idyllic Trepidations,” he whispers. “Could be a band name, Davis. Think about it. Our slogan could be ‘Make Peace with Your Fears.’”
For starters, I honestly wasn’t expecting this book to be that good. The blurb sounded highly intriguing to me (as usual as a contemporary romance novel always is) and thus, I signed up to be part of the blog tour from Rockstar Book Tours. Mercifully, I was granted the opportunity to read this book prior to its official release date, and guess what? It turned out that I totally devoured the story in a sitting, which had never happened this year so far.
All Our Broken Pieces was told from the two main characters’, Lennon’s and Kyler’s POVs. Their thoughts were quite distinctive yet easily recognizable to the readers, in my opinion. Both of them were in their own heads a lot, but somehow, their perspectives on daily life around them were unbelievably on point.
Lennon was a
proud teenage girl with slightly severe OCD. She was obsessed with the number FIVE, so she practically had to do everything with an interval of five times, five terms, or five rounds. For example, turning the doorknob five times before entering a room gave her a sense of security, and switching the light on-and-off five times or any numbers multiply by five was the only way to calm her down when she was upset.
Kyler was a musical genius, a lead singer in his high school band named Fire and Dust, and sort of a goner. What Kyler and Lennon had in common was their scars. Kyler’s scar was visible on his face and body for everyone to see, criticize, and laugh at, whereas Lennon’s scar was more of an invisible black hole in her heart due to her dear mother’s sudden passing.
”His face. It’s not a birthmark. He’s tortured. Like the Phantom of the Opera. A reclusive musical genius with a burned-up face.”
Truthfully, All Our Broken Pieces was pretty much a modern retelling of one of my all time favorite musicals, The Phantom of the Opera. I was extremely thrilled to find out this specific feature of this book. Besides, the entire storytelling as well as world building were exceptionally well-done, so I’ve got nothing to complain about.
What captivated me most was undoubtedly the characters. This book was 100% characters-driven and the fast pace of the story made the entire book unputdownable. In other words, I loved the way the protagonists grew as a person and as a role model. I absolutely appreciated the positivity by the end of everything. It was unbelievably, incredibly encouraging and I seriously couldn’t praise it enough.
Aside from the unforgettable characters, I also LOVED the delivery of Lennon’s OCD symptoms. There were times when she simply couldn’t take the vicious peer pressure at school so that she totally broke down in front of everybody regardless of Kyler’s thoughtfulness and comfort. Honestly, I seriously couldn’t have come up with anything better than the presentation of that scene in this book.
THOUGHTS: MY MOTHER DIED IN A CAR GOING SOMEWHERE. BUT AT LEAST SHE HAD A DESTINATION. I DIE INSIDE STANDING STILL.
I could FEEL the rage and frustration in Lennon’s every movement, every tantrum she threw, and every word she cursed. Never did I ever expect those seemingly meaningless vocabularies could convey such powerful and demanding ideas to the readers. Hence, I was fairly impressed with Lennon and Kyler’s story.
I opt for one last push of OCD me into the atmosphere. I make it loud and clear to everyone I will never fit in, and that’s okay. “I’ve waited 3,628,799.996 seconds to hear you say that. I missed you, too.”
By the way, my top favorite part of this book was definitely the last section of the story where Lennon and Kyler had to correspond with each other via paper airplanes! Paper airplanes were such a lovely memory in my childhood, so I was touched in person when reading that part. Besides, I also adored all of the side characters in this book. From Lennon’s mean stepsister, to Kyler’s supportive band members, all of them were equally amazing, equivalently memorable. Frankly, I’d love to be their friends in real life if possible!
In conclusion, All Our Broken Pieces was a huge delight to read for me. Needless to say, I’d HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book to EVERYONE. Lennon and Kyler’s story was a must-read and not only was it adorable in its essence, it was an incredibly uplifting masterpiece as well. Ahhhh, this was easily one of the BEST books I’ve read this year so far and I can’t wait for all of you to give it a shot! Quit hesitating and you can thank me later!
***Massive thanks to Rockstar Book Tours and the publisher for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.***
About the Author
L.D. Crichton is the author of THE ENCHANTMENT OF EMMA FLETCHER, which received a starred review from School Library Journal. She’s a coffee devotee and lip gloss enthusiast whose infatuation with music is truly astonishing. If she’s not reading, writing, or checking her horoscope for signs from the Universe, you can find her by the water in search of mermaids because they’re real. ALL OUR BROKEN PIECES is her first young adult novel. Represented by John Silbersack @ The Bent Agency.
She is one of 6 hosts for a weekly Twitter chat about writing. Search the hashtag #Wattpad4 Monday nights at 8:00 PM EST on Twitter to join in!
3 winners will receive a finished copy of ALL OUR BROKEN PIECES, US Only.
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All right, that’s everything for today’s blog tour! I hope you had a great time here and again, please do not hesitate to pick this book up because it is so, so, so good to miss. 🙂
Have a fantastic day!