Pieces of Me
Delacorte, 2014 (2014)
Reviewed by Lyn Seippel
ntroverted Jessica Chai is a nobody at her high school. The only thing that might set her apart is her long veil of platinum blond hair. Her hair catches the attention of the cheerleaders, who want her locks to earn a trophy for helping children with cancer. When they forcibly take it from her, Jessica feels naked. The cheerleaders think an invitation to a Halloween party is a fair trade.
essica is about to lose more than her hair. A car accident on the way to the party takes her life. Her parents are hesitant, but they allow the doctors to harvest her organs. Jessica watches from above her body. This can't be death. She didn't see a faraway white light or meet angels. Instead, she's conscious, just not able to go far from her body.
fter numerous transplants, Jessica's spirit becomes part of the four teenage recipients of her organs. She doesn't know why she's there but as a watcher she follows each of their lives. She sees Vanessa's fear, Misty's continued suffering, Leif's anger, and Samuel's gratitude that he puts into a website that eventually brings the four together.
his isn't just a
novel. Receiving organs is not the happy ending, but the beginning of the story. Jessica finally understands the reason she is the unnoticed watcher and three grateful teenagers learn to accept the responsibly of being recipients for her gifts.
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