Gabi, A Girl in Pieces gives us a perspective from a young, latina girl (Gabi) growing up in a home where her mother is controlling and stubborn and her father is a drug addict. In addition, she’s dealing with the typical teenage problems – body image issues, disloyal friends, boys and grades.
Gabi faces these problems through journaling. Indeed, about half of the book is written in journal-style which I found to be the most enjoyable and honest parts of the story. We watch Gabi grow from an insecure teenaged girl to a woman on her way to being independent and self-assured.
In addition to her own troubles, Gabi’s family and friends face various issues throughout the book which Gabi grapples with and ultimately finds her stance with each of them.
I’d recommend this one for anyone who knows (or IS) a teenager. It’s a good reminder of how life feels during that time and what it takes to get through. Find this item in our catalog here.
This title is also great for discussion. If you’d like to discuss this story with your book discussion group, contact us and we’d be happy to provide the books.