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Pieces of Me
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Random House Children's Books 2014
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When high school oddball and introvert Jessica Chai is killed in a car accident, her parents decide that Jessica would have wanted her organs donated to those who so desperately need these gifts of life. But Jessica is angry about dying and being dismembered. Taking the idea of cell memory to the next level, not only do the recipients get pieces of Jessica, but gets pieces of their memories and lives moving forward—she knows what they know and keeps tabs on their growth, recovery, and development. This begins her journey to learn her purpose as she begins to grasp that her ties to these teenagers goes beyond random weirdness. It's through their lives that Jessica learns about herself, as she watches the lives she literally touched continue to interlock.
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Street Date:
02/11/2014
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780375984297
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UG
Level 4.6, 9 Points
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HL: High-Low
Lexile measure:
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Amber Kizer. (2014). Pieces of Me. Random House Children's Books.

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When high school oddball and introvert Jessica Chai is killed in a car accident, her parents decide that Jessica would have wanted her organs donated to those who so desperately need these gifts of life. But Jessica is angry about dying and being dismembered. Taking the idea of cell memory to the next level, not only do the recipients get pieces of Jessica, but gets pieces of their memories and lives moving forward—she knows what they know and keeps tabs on their growth, recovery, and development. This begins her journey to learn her purpose as she begins to grasp that her ties to these teenagers goes beyond random weirdness. It's through their lives that Jessica learns about herself, as she watches the lives she literally touched continue to interlock.
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        Starred review from December 1, 2013
        This unusual and affecting story ties the lives of five completely different teens together through the transplant donations of one who dies. The five teens are Jessica, a shy girl with a wealthy socialite mother; Sam, a boy who believes in miracles and spends his life blogging; Vivian, a talented artist with no social life; Leif, a football star with demanding, famous-athlete parents; and Misty, a girl from a poor, immigrant family. Four of them will receive the organs of one who dies. The ghostly donor, always watching each recipient but unable to communicate with him or her, narrates the story as the four surviving teens move toward one another and, eventually, toward the memory of the donor. At last, when one recipient appears to be in serious danger, the rest work together in an effort to help. Kizer keeps her focus on the difficult choices each character faces while effectively penning attractive, three-dimensional portraits of each. If the parents remain somewhat flat, each teen comes across as a realistic, unique individual whom readers will care for. Each has a different choice to make as well: Who will stand up to their parents? Who will reach out to others? And how will the narrator, the dead character, come to peace with death? Different, sensitive and emotional, as well as an effective argument for organ donation. (Paranormal fiction. 12 & up)

        COPYRIGHT(2013) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        June 1, 2014

        Gr 7 Up-When Jessica is declared brain dead after a car crash, her parents donate her organs, much to her lingering spirit's despair. Jessica observes the four teens who have benefitted from her organs: Samuel, who receives her kidneys; Vivian, her lungs and a heart; Leif, who receives tissue that will help his reconstructed joints; and Misty, her liver. The narration of her slow-motion crash, paramedics' attempts to revive her, and the confusion and chaos at the hospital when her parents learn of her fate is heartrending yet not overdramatic. The isolation, loneliness, and family stress faced by the chronically or critically ill characters is poignantly captured, as is the condescending attitude often shown toward them. Conflicts between the teens and their overbearing parents create sympathy for both sides. The survivors find solace in different ways: Samuel in computers, Vivian in art, and Misty in the public library. Although the emphasis does largely shift to the four beneficiaries, Jessica coming to terms with her death and the fate of her organs is an important aspect of the story. Facts about cystic fibrosis and post-transplant recovery are delivered conversationally without feeling tacked on. Although there are multiple protagonists with complex situations, each teen is fully developed as a character. An author's note explains deviations from the common post-transplant recovery time, and facts about organ donation. Brief information about cystic fibrosis, liver disease, and kidney disease is also included. Recommended for fans of medical dramas or Chris Lynch's Pieces (S. & S., 2013).-Jennifer Schultz, Fauquier County Public Library, Warrenton, VA

        Copyright 2014 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        February 15, 2014
        Grades 9-12 On one very bad day, cheerleaders engulf Jessica Chai in the school hallway and force her to cut her glistening blonde locks for their cancer charity competition. Her reward is a Halloween party invitation for that night that sets her mother on a mission to primp Jessica for optimal social belonging. Trying to find the party, Jessica has a fatal car accident, and the pieces of her become the guts of Kizer's organ-donation-centered tale. Gamer Samuel receives her kidneys, artist Vivian her lungs and heart, football star Leif receives tissue and bone, and library page Misty gets her liver. Jessica follows her donations within the recipients, wondering how much of her soul they received along with her cells. Chapters alternate with each recipient starring in his or her own recovery and life circumstances. Kizer crosses their paths while chronicling their serious health issues. Readers comfortable with spirited deceased protagonists will appreciate Jessica's support of her recipients' aspirations and impact on one another as they embrace her memory as a foundation for their interlaced futures.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2014, American Library Association.)

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        July 1, 2014
        It takes Jessica a while after the car accident to realize she's brain-dead; from the afterlife she heartily resists her "pieces" being "served up" to others via organ donation. As the reader (and Jessica herself) comes to know four teens who benefit from her organs, however, the profound and life-changing nature of the process becomes clear--and emotionally affecting.

        (Copyright 2014 by The Horn Book, Incorporated, Boston. All rights reserved.)

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