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Gabi, A Girl in Pieces is a stunning book, full of humor, personality, and tenderness. Framed as a journal kept by Gabi, a young Mexican-American woman with a passion for poetry, the story follows her life during her senior year of high school. Gabi struggles with her identity, her sense of self, her feelings about her body, about boys, about sex and about the complex relationships she has with her family and friends—and she explores them all through poetry. Many difficult things happen during the school year (some of which warrant trigger warnings, which I’ll place under a spoiler at the bottom of this review), and at times this lovely book is wrenchingly sad, full of Gabi’s grief and anger, but it’s balanced by her hopefulness, her wry humor, and unbridled enthusiasm for the things she loves—poetry, and mouthwatering descriptions of food.
I listened to the audiobook of Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, and I thought that the narration by Kyla Garcia was fantastic, emotional and engaging.
Trigger warnings (which include spoilers): multiple pregnancies, and one abortion; a gay character is disowned by his family (but is supported by the narrator); multiple references to domestic violence; non-graphic references to drug use; a drug overdose/possible suicide; non-graphic consensual sexual content; references to sexual assault
Triste pero la verdad. The sadness of growing up with the superstitions of elders and the hard roles girls are thrust into this book was part heartache and part joyful giggling friendship. Worth a read especially si hablas Español.