Pieces of Me
by Kate McLaughlin
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Pub Date 18 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 02 May 2023
St. Martin's Press, Wednesday Books
The next gut-punching, compulsively readable Kate McLaughlin novel, about a girl finding strength in not being alone.
When eighteen-year-old Dylan wakes up, she’s in an apartment she doesn’t recognize. The other people there seem to know her, but she doesn't know them – not even the pretty, chiseled boy who tells her his name is Connor. A voice inside her head keeps saying that everything is okay, but Dylan can’t help but freak out. Especially when she borrows Connor’s phone to call home and realizes she’s been missing for three days.
Dylan has lost time before, but never like this.
Soon after, Dylan is diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, and must grapple not only with the many people currently crammed inside her head, but that a secret from her past so terrible she’s blocked it out has put them there. Her only distraction is a budding new relationship with Connor. But as she gets closer to finding out the truth, Dylan wonders: will it heal her or fracture her further?
Kate McLaughlin’s Pieces of Me is raw, intimate, and surprisingly hopeful.
“Pieces of Me is a chilling, yet empathetic, look into Dissociative Identity Disorder. With her calm, pure, voice, Kate McLaughlin delves deep into the crevices of this misunderstood disorder and a young woman's mind. I had to keep reading not only to understand Dylan, the main character—but to understand all of the people inside Dylan’s head." - Hayley Krischer, author of Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf and The Falling Girls
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A fabulous story of a young woman living with mental health diagnoses and how she her friends and family deal and experience with it. It was a fascinating read and I adored the MC and how she deals with her diagnoses. Highly recommended!
This is my 3rd Kate McLaughlin book that I’ve read, and I will be a constant supporter of her forever. I didn’t know much about Dissociative Identity Disorder going into this book, and while it isn’t a textbook or medical journal, I feel like she really did her research while writing this (she discusses her sources at the end). I loved the different view points from the alters - it really gave a face/faces to how alters can present. I think this would be a great read for teens/young adults to immerse them in what DID is like. I won’t forget all of these characters for a long time.
This story provides a glimpse into a condition that is not often talked about - dissociative identity disorder (DID). While the topic is heavy, the author does an excellent job of showing the importance of a supportive network of family and friends. I highly recommend this book for anyone working in schools, with teens, or with anyone dealing with mental health issues.
What a powerful, gripping novel about finding love for yourself when you are alone, and what to do when you don't want to be. Absolutely loved this one.
Pieces of Me is fiction that reads like a memoir about an 18 year old girl before, during, and after her Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) diagnosis. While each persons experience would be unique, this book is a fantastic primer on a variety of possibilities as well how to help. Dylan has multiple personalities that live inside her to help her survive traumatic events that happened when she was younger. We get to meet and understand the role that some of these characters play to help her. Dylan's friends and family are exceptionally supportive and the reader can only hope that this is realistic. The author includes lists for further research including books, movies, and YouTube channels. I enjoyed reading this eye-opening book about one aspect of mental illness.