The Million Pieces of Neena Gill by Emma Smith-Barton

40723760Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 336
Publisher: Penguin
Source: Netgalley
Format: E-book
Rating: 4 stars
Buy the Book: Amazon, The Book Depository, Waterstones

How can I hold myself together, when everything around me is falling apart? 

Neena’s always been a good girl – great grades, parent-approved friends and absolutely no boyfriends. But ever since her brother Akash left her, she’s been slowly falling apart – and uncovering a new version of herself who is freer, but altogether more dangerous.

As her wild behaviour spirals more and more out of control, Neena’s grip on her sanity begins to weaken too. And when her parents announce not one but two life-changing bombshells, she finally reaches breaking point.

But as Neena is about to discover, when your life falls apart, only love can piece you back together.

I received this book in exchange for review from the publisher but this did not affect my opinion at all.

The title of this book immediately put it onto my radar when it was announced. Therefore, when it became available on Netgalley, I immediately requested it and read it as soon as I got approved. I’m so happy I read this book because I think that it’s such an important read.

I love books that talk about mental health, especially in a UK setting and especially when they are focused on a South Asian. Neena Gill is a Pakistani Christan character and I love how this book discusses how her culture affects her mental health. It’s such an important read that really deserves to have a spotlight shined on it.

I can’t remember the last time I read a book like this. All The Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman also touches on mental health on the Asian community(and they are releasing on the same day which is crazy) but in a totally different way. Neena’s character in this book struggles a lot and it even gets to the point where we, as the reader, are questionning her because of how much she is spiralling. I love reading from the point of view of unreliable narrators such as Neena.

I think this is honestly one of the best books of the year. My only complaint is the fact that I wanted more. I think it needed more development, especially in regards to the reveal about the brother towards the end. However, I highly recommend this book to everyone when it releases on the 11th July. You won’t be able to put it down and it will stay with you for days like it has with me. Emma Smith-Barton has had an amazing debut novel and I cannot wait to see what she produces next.

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