Pieces of it All By Tracy Krimmer
Published May 9th 2014
Disclaimer: I received a review copy c/o the author in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: An alcoholic. A scarred man. A thief.
Harvey, a twenty-two-year-old high school drop-out arrives home, a brief stint in rehab behind him and ready to start his life again. Then he meets Beth and her innocence and her desire to have it all capture him completely.
A girl on the cusp of womanhood. Determined. A bright future.
Beth, a recent high school graduate among the top in her class, can’t wait to get to college and fulfill her dreams. Then she meets Harvey and with his mysterious past, he stirs feelings in her she can’t ignore.
The chemistry between them is unmistakable but Harvey doesn’t trust easily and refuses to divulge his past to Beth though she wants to be a part of his future.
The pieces of their lives lie broken all around them, but can Harvey put his life back together and win Beth over before she begins her new life without him? And can Beth find the strength to become the woman she wants to be without sacrificing her integrity?
Remember when they used to tell you don’t judge a book by its cover? Yeah, this book is exactly that.
Admittedly the cover isn’t the most gorgeous thing, but it’s story is something worth reading. I went into this a little skeptical, but I sooned got immersed in the story.
The main premise of this story is about Harvey who just got out of rehab and college bound Beth who fell in love at first sight. Their story started out typically, they met, fell in love instantly and embarked on a too-fast-too-soon relationship. I really hated Beth at the start. I hated the insta-love and how incredibly stupid she is for defending a guy she knew for three seconds (exaggeration, but still). Beth is intelligent. She’s one of those good girls that hasn’t had much experience in the dating field and as Harvey describes her, pure. But meeting Harvey made her stupid. She allowed her sexual awakening do her thinking for her. It was clear that this relationship sparked out of lust. And there was no love. I was angry; at Harvey for being a prick, at Beth who just wouldn’t question anything he says or does. It was a destructive relationship and it frustrated me.
But I supposed its this destructive relationship that moulded the story and made it interesting. It was interesting to know what they did apart and at some point were even more likeable apart.
There’s nothing in particular to pick at with this book, but I did have a slight problem with the alternating voices. It didn’t feel very balanced and I felt like I was hearing more about Beth than Harvey. I would have liked to see him having more interactions with his former friends or what kind of life he led outside of the memories with his dad.
I enjoyed this book. It was a refreshing change for me. It’s no secret that I’m generally cautious of New Adult as a genre and having it too focused on sex. While the idea of lust and sexual awakenings were discussed, a large majority of it focused on other issues, keeping sex scenes to a minimal. I appreciated that it discussed sex in a relationship, losing your virginity and exploring willingness/consent. Overall a solid contemporary with a captivating plot.