Kid’s Review: Every Little Piece of My Heart

Kid’s Review: Every Little Piece of My Heart

About the Book and Author

This is an artful and compassionate YA novel by Non Pratt about secrets, friendship and lies, published by Walker Books.
When Sophie receives a parcel from her best-friend, Freya, she expects it to contain an explanation as to why she left town so suddenly and declined to stay in touch – until now. Instead, she finds a letter addressed to Win, a girl in the year above who Freya barely knew – or did she? The parcel contains more letters to other people who she thought were on the periphery of Freya’s life. The quest of delivering the letters reveals to Sophie a ‘best-friend’ who was seemingly unknown to her, but she learns to appreciate the surprising gifts Freya left for them all to discover .

The original story and clever narrative is set in the North of England and offers a springboard for important conversations about chronic illness and disability, race, sexuality, wealth/poverty and the potentially harmful influences of social media and peer pressure on young people. Cool, contemporary writing.

Every Little Piece of My Heart front cover

Non Pratt grew up in Teesside and now lives in London. Her debut novel, Trouble, was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and the
Branford Boase. It was also longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. She has also written beloved novels Truth or Dare, Remix and
Unboxed. You can find out more about Non and her books by following her on Twitter @NonPratt

 

Book Review

I loved the level of diversity with race, sexuality, and identity in the book, and how sensitively they were handled because I feel like there is not enough of this in literature today

I enjoyed reading Every Little Piece of My Heart so much. Coming-of-age stories are not typically the sort of books I would choose to read, but I thought this one was brilliantly written.

Sophie is given a package from her best friend, Freya, after her disappearance five months before. The mysterious parcel leads Sophie on a trail to meet new people closely connected to Freya. As the story unfurls, we discover more about Freya’s character and the parts of herself she hid from Sophie, whilst simultaneously bringing the other characters closer together.

I also loved the level of diversity with race, sexuality, and identity in the book, and how sensitively they were handled because I feel like there is not enough of this in literature today and this should absolutely be normalised in society.

Overall, the book was thoroughly engaging from the start and I was engrossed for the entirety of it. Every few pages the narrative switches to the point of view of another character, leaving the previous section on a cliff hanger, drawing the reader in due to the dramatic increase of tension.

I highly recommend this book, it is very real and you will not be able to put it down.

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Reviewer Profile

Rebecca Young reviewer
  • Name: Rebecca
  • Age: 16 years
  • Likes: maths, reading and cats
  • Dislikes: cold weather and spicy food
  • Favourite Book: Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • Favourite Film: Hidden Figures
  • Favourite Song: The Other Side of Paradise by Glass Animals