Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Written in the form of a diary, Gabi, a Girl in Pieces, tells the story of Gabi Hernandez and her last year of high school.

In her diary, Gabi describes...

  • Family -- her parents never married, and her father is a meth-addict
  • Friends -- Sebastian has been kicked out of his parents' house after coming out and Cindy is pregnan
  • Crushes (there's a bit of a love triangle here)
  • College applications
  • Poetry
This debut novel perfectly portrays Gabi's coming-of-age; her voice  is so real that at times, I forgot I was reading fiction.  (Also, the author works is a library technician!)

Readers may also enjoy other coming-of-age novels in diary or letter form, such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty.

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