When life as you know it changes, will it define you, destroy you or make you stronger?
Best friends Isla and Sophie made each other a promise a long time ago: to never let life pass them by. Years later, Isla is in love, living abroad and fulfilling her dreams. But for Sophie, things haven’t turned out the way she was expecting and she hasn’t achieved any of the things she and Isla talked about.
And then, in one sudden moment, life irrevocably changes for both women.
Isla and Sophie have hard decisions to make but above all else they must face up to the uncertainty that lies ahead. It’s only when they realise that this is easier together, two friends standing side by side, that each woman can embrace whatever the future holds for them.
What does TWG think?
Did you ever make a list when you were at school, about things you wanted to achieve when you grew up? For those who did and didn’t lose their list, how many things did you tick off the list? I’ll admit, it never crossed my mind so it was lovely to read a book where people have actually written a list like that. Sophie and Isla both wanted to live their lives like a constant bucket list by ensuring everything was ticked off. However, Isla seemed to be much more determined to live by her list than Sophie…for now anyway. Based on the blurb, I assumed that the story was going to be about two friends that go through a LITTLE bit of heartbreak. I was not mentally prepared for what the two ladies ended up facing.
A lot of the book was centred around Sophie and Isla’s list of dreams, as well as working out WHY Sophie wasn’t becoming tick happy when it came to her own list. Then, out of nowhere, the entire storyline got turned upside down. Isla went from being the life of the party, to wondering whether she would even be able to party. Everything Isla thought she knew was no more, and the only certainty in her life was that realising that everything was now uncertain..
The way Vanessa wrote about such an eye opening situation, was outstanding. Having gone through (and going through) similar situations to Isla, her heartbreak affected me in many ways. I thought I would cry, but I didn’t. Instead, Vanessa’s realistic portrayal of a devastating circumstance, left me numb and heartbroken. Never have I ever had a storyline make me feel like that, and it’s not a bad thing either. It just goes to show that Vanessa quite clearly did her research on the situation and knew it would affect her readers in a multitude of ways. For me, all the above is proof of a very good writer.
Usually when books cover such big storylines, the finer details are often not as fine as they should be; apart from this book. Vanessa seemed to have all the minor details down to a fine art as nothing seemed out of place within the storyline.
The only thing that irked me about ‘The Little Pieces of You and Me’, was how quickly a situation went from very negative to rather positive. For me, I found that part to not be overly realistic as it seemed to downplay the credibility of the topic in general.
However, despite that, I did enjoy the storyline and the very different personalities of each character. It was lovely to have such diversity across the book as I never knew what one of the characters would come out with next. Especially Isla!
Overall, The Little Pieces of You and Me is a really heart warming tale; which focuses on the true meaning of friendship through the good times and the bad. Vanessa has created two best friends which a lot of readers are going to aspire to be like, and that in itself is a talent.
A really poignant, and warm storyline which will stay in your mind weeks after you have finished reading it. It’s still in my mind a month on.
Thank you Little Brown.
The Little Pieces of You and Me by Vanessa Greene, is available to buy now from Amazon UK