That’s how they classified Savannah Sutton after she stuck a pencil in her ex-boyfriend’s hand because he mocked her little brother, Evan, for being disabled. That’s why they sent her to Brooks Academy—an alternative high school that’s used as a temporary detention center.
The days at Brooks are miserable, but at home, life is far more bleak. Savvy’s struggling to take care of her brother since her mom left years ago, and her alcoholic dad can’t be bothered. Life with Evan is a constant challenge, but he’s also the most important person in the world to Savvy.
Then there’s Cameron, a new student at Brooks with issues of his own, a guy from a perfect family that Savvy thought only existed on TV. Cameron seems determined to break through every one of the walls Savvy’s built around herself—except if she lets herself trust him, it could make everything she’s worked so hard for fall apart in an instant.
And with her aunt seeking custody of her brother and her ex-boyfriend seeking revenge, Savvy’s fighting to hold all the pieces together. But she’s not sure how much tighter she can be pulled before she breaks completely.
- Original Title:All in Pieces
- Author:Suzanne Young
- Rating:8.18 / 10
- Publisher:Published December 1st 2016 by Simon Pulse (first published November 8th 2016)
My life is none of their business.
I don’t want to be up here, don’t want to explain my reasons, but I can’t afford to miss another assignment.
I smooth my crumpled piece of notebook paper on the top of the podium. There’s a cough in the back of the quiet classroom, and even my teacher looks bored as he sits in the faux leather chair he brought over from his last school—a school that could afford fake leather chairs, apparently. Mr. Jimenez is definitely slumming with us.
“My brother has an intellectual disability,” I read, pausing once the words are out. I feel judged, exposed, and I look up at the class, anticipating a reaction. “He’s not stupid,” I add defensively. “He just learns differently.” One guy curls his lip like he has no idea why I’m talking about this. A girl in the back pops her gum. The gravity of my confession is lost on t...