Title: Pieces of Me – Good Reads
Author: Carrigan Richards
Genre: YA Contemporary, Psychological
One second. Seventeen-year-old Corinne has everything. Her life. Family. Friends. Boyfriend. But in that one second, she loses it all. Now she’s left with harrowing nightmares. Hallucinations. And panic attacks that seem to come out of nowhere. She tries everything to take the pain away, but there’s only one option she sees as a true way out. When Corinne is sent to live in a psychiatric institution, she doesn’t want to talk. It’s pointless. They can’t help her. But slowly Corinne opens up and wants to remember what it’s like to be happy so she begins reliving her past life to her doctor. She knows she can’t live in the past, but she sees no future and is faced with the hardest decision of her life.
“Did you come to see if I’m still crazy?” I asked
“Corinne, we don’t think you’re crazy,” Dad said. “But we want you to get better.” His brown hair seemed grayer.
“Better? You think I’m supposed to be magically cured by being here?”
“You weren’t any better at home,” Mom said. “You’d been moping around the house for months, Corinne. We thought things got better once you started going out with Lisa more, but that just made it worse. It’s time to move on.”
“Move on? Is that what you’ve done?” My eyes blurred and I balled my hands into fists.
“I can’t pretend it never happened. Nor can I ever be at peace with it. Forgiveness is a hard thing for me. But I’ve learned to forget it and move on.”
Dad quickly glanced at Mom with hurt in his brown eyes. His face wrinkled in disbelief. “Carolyn,” he said.
“I knew you could never forgive me,” I told her. “I can’t even forgive myself for what I did. Why do you think I tried to kill myself?”