All Our Broken Pieces
"You can’t keep two people who are meant to be together apart for long...”Lennon Davis doesn’t believe in much, but she does believe in the security of the number five. If she flicks the bedroom light switch five times, maybe her new L.A. school won’t suck. But that doesn’t feel right, so she flicks the switch again. And again. Ten more flicks of the switch and maybe her new step family will accept her. Twenty-five more flicks and maybe she won’t cause any more of her loved ones to die. Fifty times more and then she can finally go to sleep.Kyler Benton witnesses this pattern of lights from the safety of his treehouse in the yard next door. It is only there, hidden from the unwanted stares of his peers, that Kyler can fill his notebooks with lyrics that reveal the true scars of the boy behind the oversized hoodies and caustic humor. But Kyler finds that descriptions of blonde hair, sad eyes, and tapping fingers are beginning to fill the pages of his notebooks. Lennon, the lonely girl next door his father has warned him about, infiltrates his mind. Even though he has enough to deal with without Lennon’s rumored tragic past in his life, Kyler can’t help but want to know the truth about his new muse.

All Our Broken Pieces Details

TitleAll Our Broken Pieces
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 7th, 2019
PublisherDisney-Hyperion
ISBN-139781368023962
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Health, Mental Health, Young Adult Romance, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult Contemporary, Fiction, Family, Music

All Our Broken Pieces Review

  • Hannah Greendale
    January 1, 1970
    Super cute teen romance that gives a convincing portrayal of OCD and offers uplifting examples of healthy family dynamics. One can't help but root for Lennon, a girl wrestling with her compulsion in the wake of her mother's untimely death, and Kyler, a boy scarred from a tragic childhood accident who looks tough and unapproachable on the outside but has a heart of gold on the inside. Felt like it could have been 50 or even 100 pages shorter, but overall an enjoyable tale of acceptance, courage, Super cute teen romance that gives a convincing portrayal of OCD and offers uplifting examples of healthy family dynamics. One can't help but root for Lennon, a girl wrestling with her compulsion in the wake of her mother's untimely death, and Kyler, a boy scarred from a tragic childhood accident who looks tough and unapproachable on the outside but has a heart of gold on the inside. Felt like it could have been 50 or even 100 pages shorter, but overall an enjoyable tale of acceptance, courage, and love. Lennon Los Angeles. City of Angels. City of Eternal Damantion. It's a matter of perspective, I suppose. Considering my life is cursed, I'm placing all my figurative chips on a solid bet that it is eternal damnation. Since the air is hot, sticky, and humid here, it's fair to say I'm surrounded by hellfire. It clings to my skin and smothers me like plastic wrap. I'd rather be back at the mental hospital.* Kyler Yeah, a tree house. Go ahead. Laugh. Let me find the fucks I give. Hint: None. That is correct. I do not give a single solitary fuck about how absurd it is. I'm seventeen. Six foot one and growing, and I still prefer to remain hidden in the trees. It's rad and if anyone knocks it, I'll knock their teeth clean out of their face, no joke.* -*Note: Quotes taken from and Uncorrected Advanced Proof.
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I had read the author's previous book and really enjoyed it, so I requested this one without really absorbing the synopsis. And when it came time to read it, I was a bit apprehensive...I don't do angsty times well, but I was still excited to get to it. Man, I'm so happy I read it. I love love loved Lennon and Kyler. They're both so smart and snarky and struggling. I enjoyed seeing how their relationship progressed and while they were hopelessly in love, it never felt like one couldn't go on with I had read the author's previous book and really enjoyed it, so I requested this one without really absorbing the synopsis. And when it came time to read it, I was a bit apprehensive...I don't do angsty times well, but I was still excited to get to it. Man, I'm so happy I read it. I love love loved Lennon and Kyler. They're both so smart and snarky and struggling. I enjoyed seeing how their relationship progressed and while they were hopelessly in love, it never felt like one couldn't go on without the other. Between them, there was humor and swoons and most of all: acceptance. I couldn't get enough of it. I'm pretty sure Lennon's little brother was the best part of the entire story and I loved how Lennon and Kyler both included him. Plot wise, it didn't go in the way I was expecting and I loved it. The majority of the story is angsty-lite, but there is a bit conflict. My main complaint about this story is that the person who caused the conflict was punished off the page and there wasn't a real apology. That was something I was irritated about -- the small scene towards the end just wasn't enough for me. I don't know much about OCD, but this book was quite informative when it came to explaining how a person with Lennon's rituals sees things. It felt authentic and didn't romanticize anything. I truly hope this story helps. Overall, it was an amazing and captivating read with characters who were so easy to root for. This is definitely one of my top books of 2019.**Huge thanks to Hyperion for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Kayla Brunson
    January 1, 1970
    "You all right?" "Is anyone all right, really?" I was surprisingly swept away by this book. Lennon and Kyler easily started to become two of my favorite broken people that I have ever read about. I read this in one afternoon. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. I became quite invested in these two characters. ”My scars are invisible, buried deep inside, guarded by the monster in my head. Kyler who was in a house fire. His scars are there, literally written on his face.” These two ar "You all right?" "Is anyone all right, really?" I was surprisingly swept away by this book. Lennon and Kyler easily started to become two of my favorite broken people that I have ever read about. I read this in one afternoon. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. I became quite invested in these two characters. ”My scars are invisible, buried deep inside, guarded by the monster in my head. Kyler who was in a house fire. His scars are there, literally written on his face.” These two are different but also one and the same and really became important to each other. They both had scars and insecurities and found something similar in each other. The feels that the author puts you through was astounding and it showed so much intensity and strength.This book focuses heavily on Lennon’s OCD, so if that is triggering for you then I would either skip this one or wait until you are in a headspace where you can read it. I do feel that things were a bit too tidy at the end of this book, but oh well. These two had been through so much that them just having each other was worth it. Overall, I really enjoyed this one and would stay that this was a really good debut! Like I said before, make sure that you are in the right headspace to read the topics of this book. ✨I received an ARC via NetGalley for an honest review.✨✨Quotes were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.✨Blog | Instagram | Twitter
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  • Kelly Coon
    January 1, 1970
    Um, excuse me, I am annihilated. My insides have been blown out and replaced with tears, and now I cannot breathe. I just finished L. D. Crichton's gorgeous book, and wow, I did not see that coming. Her characters--Lennon, a beautiful girl trying her best to hide OCD, her inner monster, and Kyler, a boy people think is a monster because he cannot hide his scars--are so completely formulated that I really am wondering what they're up to right now. Crichton's writing is rich and lush, perfectly im Um, excuse me, I am annihilated. My insides have been blown out and replaced with tears, and now I cannot breathe. I just finished L. D. Crichton's gorgeous book, and wow, I did not see that coming. Her characters--Lennon, a beautiful girl trying her best to hide OCD, her inner monster, and Kyler, a boy people think is a monster because he cannot hide his scars--are so completely formulated that I really am wondering what they're up to right now. Crichton's writing is rich and lush, perfectly imaginative, and her song lyrics took my breath away. I swooned, I cried, and more important than anything, I imagined myself in both of these character's places. Crichton created empathy in me for those suffering from both physical scars and mental illnesses, and that is absolutely invaluable to me as a reader, as a mother, and as an educator. This is a must-read. MUST-READ.
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to Disney Hyperion for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review hey, did anyone notice the highlighted OCD on the cover. Just curious| Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | Buy
  • Jasmine
    January 1, 1970
    ***Actual Rating: 5/5 Fire-to-Dust Stars*** ”Idyllic Trepidations,” he whispers. “Could be a band name, Davis. Think about it. Our slogan could be ‘Make Peace with Your Fears.’”For starters, I honestly wasn’t expecting this book to be that good. The blurb sounded highly intriguing to me (as usual as a contemporary romance novel always is) and thus, I signed up to be part of the blog tour from Rockstar Book Tours. Mercifully, I was granted the opportunity to read this book prior to its official ***Actual Rating: 5/5 Fire-to-Dust Stars*** ”Idyllic Trepidations,” he whispers. “Could be a band name, Davis. Think about it. Our slogan could be ‘Make Peace with Your Fears.’”For starters, I honestly wasn’t expecting this book to be that good. The blurb sounded highly intriguing to me (as usual as a contemporary romance novel always is) and thus, I signed up to be part of the blog tour from Rockstar Book Tours. Mercifully, I was granted the opportunity to read this book prior to its official release date, and guess what? It turned out that I totally devoured the story in a sitting, which had never happened this year so far.All Our Broken Pieces was told from the two main characters’, Lennon’s and Kyler’s POVs. Their thoughts were quite distinctive yet easily recognizable to the readers, in my opinion. Both of them were in their own heads a lot, but somehow, their perspectives on daily life around them were unbelievably on point.Lennon was a proud teenage girl with slightly severe OCD. She was obsessed with the number FIVE, so she practically had to do everything with an interval of five times, five terms, or five rounds. For example, turning the doorknob five times before entering a room gave her a sense of security, and switching the light on-and-off five times or any numbers multiply by five was the only way to calm her down when she was upset. Kyler was a musical genius, a lead singer in his high school band named Fire and Dust, and sort of a goner. What Kyler and Lennon had in common was their scars. Kyler’s scar was visible on his face and body for everyone to see, criticize, and laugh at, whereas Lennon’s scar was more of an invisible black hole in her heart due to her dear mother’s sudden passing.”His face. It’s not a birthmark. He’s tortured. Like the Phantom of the Opera. A reclusive musical genius with a burned-up face.”Truthfully, All Our Broken Pieces was pretty much a modern retelling of one of my all time favorite musicals, The Phantom of the Opera. I was extremely thrilled to find out this specific feature of this book. Besides, the entire storytelling as well as world building were exceptionally well-done, so I’ve got nothing to complain about.What captivated me most was undoubtedly the characters. This book was 100% characters-driven and the fast pace of the story made the entire book unputdownable. In other words, I loved the way the protagonists grew as a person and as a role model. I absolutely appreciated the positivity by the end of everything. It was unbelievably, incredibly encouraging and I seriously couldn’t praise it enough.Aside from the unforgettable characters, I also LOVED the delivery of Lennon’s OCD symptoms. There were times when she simply couldn’t take the vicious peer pressure at school so that she totally broke down in front of everybody regardless of Kyler’s thoughtfulness and comfort. Honestly, I seriously couldn’t have come up with anything better than the presentation of that scene in this book.THOUGHTS: MY MOTHER DIED IN A CAR GOING SOMEWHERE. BUT AT LEAST SHE HAD A DESTINATION. I DIE INSIDE STANDING STILL.I could FEEL the rage and frustration in Lennon’s every movement, every tantrum she threw, and every word she cursed. Never did I ever expect those seemingly meaningless vocabularies could convey such powerful and demanding ideas to the readers. Hence, I was fairly impressed with Lennon and Kyler’s story.I opt for one last push of OCD me into the atmosphere. I make it loud and clear to everyone I will never fit in, and that’s okay. “I’ve waited 3,628,799.996 seconds to hear you say that. I missed you, too.”By the way, my top favorite part of this book was definitely the last section of the story where Lennon and Kyler had to correspond with each other via paper airplanes! Paper airplanes were such a lovely memory in my childhood, so I was touched in person when reading that part. Besides, I also adored all of the side characters in this book. From Lennon’s mean stepsister, to Kyler’s supportive band members, all of them were equally amazing, equivalently memorable. Frankly, I’d love to be their friends in real life if possible!In conclusion, All Our Broken Pieces was a huge delight to read for me. Needless to say, I’d HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book to EVERYONE. Lennon and Kyler’s story was a must-read and not only was it adorable in its essence, it was an incredibly uplifting masterpiece as well. Ahhhh, this was easily one of the BEST books I’ve read this year so far and I can’t wait for all of you to give it a shot! Quit hesitating and you can thank me later!***Massive thanks to Rockstar Book Tours and the publisher for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.***
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  • Thamy
    January 1, 1970
    A mix of Beauty and The Beast, Phantom of the Opera, and Romeo & Juliet, plus a real talk about how to live mental health issues, especially OCD.Lennon has OCD and this only got worse when her passed away in a car accident—for which she feels responsible.She now needs to live all the way in Los Angeles with her father's new family, which includes an evil stepsister and a charming mysterious neighbor. Enters Kyler, whose face has a horrible scar from a fire he survived when an infant. The two A mix of Beauty and The Beast, Phantom of the Opera, and Romeo & Juliet, plus a real talk about how to live mental health issues, especially OCD.Lennon has OCD and this only got worse when her passed away in a car accident—for which she feels responsible.She now needs to live all the way in Los Angeles with her father's new family, which includes an evil stepsister and a charming mysterious neighbor. Enters Kyler, whose face has a horrible scar from a fire he survived when an infant. The two get each other and soon a romance develops, to the distaste of both families, who believe it's not healthy for either of them.I'm torn between calling this interesting and a bit boring. Because I thought how both teenagers' issues were presented to be interesting yes. But then we're left with this weird romance, constantly compared to R&J's tragedy. Which really put me off. (Don't get me wrong, their personal issues were indeed big, but the drama wasn't about them, but about how their parents didn't like them together... BORING!)Considering the intended audience are teenagers and I remember liking some drama back then, I can see it not bothering them. For me, I wasn't ever into emo culture and I'm past all that drama too, so it just made me go, WHYYYY??? It just seemed too little for too much reaction, especially considering all the real problems they'd been through before. Though I'm probably that bothered because way more than half the book goes on and on and on about the same (non-)issue, I'd prefer it if it took less space in the story.But this book has many up sides. Lennon's stepmother is my favorite character. She punctuates from the beginning she's no evil stepmother, and the book shows that to us again and again how cool she is. Kudos! And I liked the parts about music, the lives. Above all, the approach on mental health. They focused on how people treat those with those issues and it was an eye-opener to me. I really like it in the beginning when Lennon explains to her little brother how she feels about OCD and mentions how her father definitely didn't know how to explain it. That was a very memorable scene.I do think there's a public for this and it did add something, but it could have been much more with better editing.Honest review based on an ARC provided by Netgalley. Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity.
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  • Fallon DeMornay
    January 1, 1970
    Leah will DESTROYYYYYY you will feels, stunning prose and vivid characters. I am so blessed to have read an early edition of this book, and can't wait to devour the final, published version.
  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a great debut ahh, I had such a great time reading it. I loved the characters, the romance warmed my heart and Lennon's younger step-brother had my heart. SUCH a great debut, really, I know I'll be recommending this one. <3Read my full review of All Our Broken Pieces on the blog.Thank you to the publisher & NetGalley for the e-ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, influenced my thoughts and rating. My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bloglovin'
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  • Nikki Barthelmess
    January 1, 1970
    ALL OUR BROKEN PIECES was such a great read! I enjoyed the story and loved the characters. The leads in ALL OUR BROKEN PIECES are complicated and fully imagined, just how I like them! Highly recommend!
  • Nadhira Satria
    January 1, 1970
    DID SOMEONE SAY "OCD REP"?
  • Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
    January 1, 1970
    "I don't want to be captured in the pages of Kyler's story. He'd be like a book I could never stop reading."I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.I loved this. I loved this.I loved this.I loved this.I loved this.I am overflowing with love for this book! L.D. Crichton has created something beautiful and memorable, and I cannot wait to see wha "I don't want to be captured in the pages of Kyler's story. He'd be like a book I could never stop reading."I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.I loved this. I loved this.I loved this.I loved this.I loved this.I am overflowing with love for this book! L.D. Crichton has created something beautiful and memorable, and I cannot wait to see what she writes next. The writing was lovely and flowed from one page to the next. Kyler and Lennon were two very distinct characters that I could relate to, and enjoyed reading about. Everything about this book was perfection, and that's not something I say lightly. I honestly have nothing negative to say about All Our Broken Pieces. Whether your purchase a copy for yourself, or borrow a copy from the library, this is a book you need in your life.First of all, I want to say how much I enjoyed the family dynamics. Lennon has to move in with her father and stepmother after an accident, and it's an adjustment for everyone. Her OCD is new to them, and they have to learn how the condition impacts Lennon, and also what it means to have her in their lives. They are more than willing to help and really try to understand. It's super obvious they love and care about her. Her father shares memories of her mother and how they met, and Claire (Lennon's stepmother) laughs along with everyone else. There is not jealousy or hatred, just happiness and acceptance.The odd little bird would be Andrea, the stepsister and daughter from Claire's previous marriage, who seems to hate everyone and everything. She's definitely a character you love to hate, and I'm not sure I'll ever forgive her. Jacob, the child Lennon's father and stepmother share, is five and adorable. I loved all of his interactions with the other characters, and the youthful innocence he possesses. He's fiercely loyal to Lennon, and does try to understand her condition. He's always attentive and never judgmental. He'll be the best superhero reporter when he grows up!I really enjoyed Lennon's facts before her chapters, and that she was so into trivia and random knowledge. I also loved Kyler's lyrics that were shared before all of his. He's crazy talented, but feels unsure about himself because of his physical appearance. He doesn't trust others easily, but there was undeniable bond between him and Lennon. They think it's because they're both broken, but I thought they were perfect. Lennon gives as good as she gets, and Kyler appreciates her honestly and perspective of the world. Lennon doesn't notice the one thing that constantly occupies his thoughts, and he doesn't care that her brain doesn't work like everyone else's. Kyler tells Lennon that weird is beautiful, and she's the weirdest person he's ever met. Seriously, these two will melt your heart and have your face hurting in the best possible way.There are so many amazing things I could say about this book! It was truly a remarkable read, and one I'm sure I'll be thinking about weeks (possibly months) from now. I swear, the only time I stopped smiling was when I started crying. All Our Broken Pieces was a heartfelt story that really captures what it is to love someone unconditionally. If you have a chance to read this one, don't hesitate. It's one of the best books I've ever read.Originally posted at Do You Dog-ear? on May 9, 2019.
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  • Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: This review MAY contain spoilers. I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher. The opinions in my review are my own.This book is legit awesome! I feel like this book was written for me specifically. Like there is an imprint of my soul within the pages of this masterpiece. Kudos to the author for creating something that speaks to me on such a powerful level.This book centers upon stigmas and the way that two young people overcome their demons associated with these Disclaimer: This review MAY contain spoilers. I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher. The opinions in my review are my own.This book is legit awesome! I feel like this book was written for me specifically. Like there is an imprint of my soul within the pages of this masterpiece. Kudos to the author for creating something that speaks to me on such a powerful level.This book centers upon stigmas and the way that two young people overcome their demons associated with these stigmas all while finding something special in each other. Lennon (which coincidentally is my daughter's name as well) is a girl that suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, and anxiety. Kyler is a boy that struggles with his identity because of scars that cover half of his face after being in a house fire when he was six years old. This is a beautiful story about acceptance and I fell in love with it.The OCD and anxiety representation in this was spot on. I suffer from both OCD and anxiety and I felt that I connected with the author's rendering of both. I really liked that the author expressed the core feelings and symptoms associated with both OCD and anxiety but not in an overwhelming way. Because let's face it, these are both mental wellness issues that are both overwhelming and hard to explain if you haven't lived them. I could really appreciate the author's portrayal of these issues within her main character. I was so overjoyed to read such an honest and real depiction of OCD and anxiety.The characters in this were just brilliant. I felt so completely connected to both main characters and their story arcs. Both Lennon and Kyler had beautiful and impactful character development. The side characters in this story were just as wonderful as the two main characters. There was a strong family presence in this book that delighted me so much. I adored Lennon's five-year-old brother. He was so adorable and kept me smiling through the entire book. Lennon's stepmother was also great along with Kyler's sister and mother. They were always supportive and loving. I enjoyed Kyler's band friends, though I wish we could have spent more time with them in the story. The plot of the story really worked well. I loved every moment. The flow was perfect and I was pleased with the way the story went. I liked that the plot wasn't predictable. The romance in this story was truly heartwarming. Lennon and Kyler connected on a very deep level. They were both different and dealing with personal demons that made it easy for them to bond. They were very much alike in many ways and they complimented each other so well. Their love was also kind of inspiring because they never gave up on each other and they pushed the other to always be the best they could be. They supported, accepted, and believed in each other. I was totally on board for this romance from the very start. There were swoons and feels and everything good. Kyler is a book boyfriend that you will definitely want to add to your shelf. Overall, this book is emotionally charged, inspirational, and heartwarming. It really made a home in my heart. A beautiful love story that boasts acceptance and believing in oneself. The author's flawless and fluid storytelling really bring these characters to life. This is such a triumph and I can't recommend it enough!More reviews on my blog: Novel Nerd Faction
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  • Gail Shepherd
    January 1, 1970
    It’s hard to resist a story where two broken outsiders come together to love and heal each other. L.D. Crichton’s debut young adult novel, ALL OUR BROKEN PIECES, brings together a badly burned and disfigured singer-songwriter, a guy clearly destined for a great musical future, with a bright and sensitive girl with a passion for facts. Kyler’s scars are on the outside for the world to gawk at. But Lennon’s are on the inside—her OCD is making it impossible for her to live fully or truly grieve for It’s hard to resist a story where two broken outsiders come together to love and heal each other. L.D. Crichton’s debut young adult novel, ALL OUR BROKEN PIECES, brings together a badly burned and disfigured singer-songwriter, a guy clearly destined for a great musical future, with a bright and sensitive girl with a passion for facts. Kyler’s scars are on the outside for the world to gawk at. But Lennon’s are on the inside—her OCD is making it impossible for her to live fully or truly grieve for her mother’s recent death. Once Lennon and Kyler are thrown into each others’ orbit —they partner on an English Lit project — the laugh-out-loud banter comes fast and furious. Lennon and Kyler are smart, funny, flirty, and self-aware. They both have delightfully “strange brains.” And the class project they’re working on? A contemporary version of Romeo and Juliet, told via text message. The Shakespeare play is mirrored in the increasingly fraught family dynamics of the two protagonists—they’re neighbors in a wealthy LA suburb, but the tighter the kids get, the more their parents (and some of their siblings) want to keep them apart. Even as the tension ratchets up, chinks continue to open in their well-armored psyches to shine a lot of love light on one another. Lennon persuades Kyler to stop hiding under his hoodie and become the musician he’s destined to be. And Kyler accepts and adores Lennon, exactly as she is. Isn’t that what we all wish for?A lovely romance full of heart and music—highly recommended. Note: I read an advance readers copy provided by the publisher.
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  • D
    January 1, 1970
    "You all right?" "Is anyone all right, really?"A beautiful story full of intensity, sadness, passion, and strength. This is what makes YA such a phenomenal genre. LD Crichton nailed this story with beauty, compassion and sincerity. Kyler and Lennon were a dynamic pair whose chemistry and complexity bled off of every page. Crichton did a wonderful job of bringing first love, peer influences, teenage social difficulties, mental illness and grief all together in a heartwarming, poetic and intellige "You all right?" "Is anyone all right, really?"A beautiful story full of intensity, sadness, passion, and strength. This is what makes YA such a phenomenal genre. LD Crichton nailed this story with beauty, compassion and sincerity. Kyler and Lennon were a dynamic pair whose chemistry and complexity bled off of every page. Crichton did a wonderful job of bringing first love, peer influences, teenage social difficulties, mental illness and grief all together in a heartwarming, poetic and intelligent story. A story blended with a love of music, literature and taking chances. I don't always like to compare authors as they are their own by all rights but Crichton's words were so polished yet raw that they reminded me of a Katie McGarry or Simone Elkeles book-- real and beautiful.D 5/5
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    I didn’t even get four chapters in. The main characters didn’t even get to meet! But if I forced myself to read a single word more from Kyler’s perspective, I would literally have to rip out all of my hair to make up for his fuckboi, not-a-care-in-the-world defensive attitude. No thanks. I want this to be good and maybe the message is, but the vessel is awful and I will not be subjecting myself to that.P.S. I know this is supposed to be about mental health, and maybe that’s why he has this attit I didn’t even get four chapters in. The main characters didn’t even get to meet! But if I forced myself to read a single word more from Kyler’s perspective, I would literally have to rip out all of my hair to make up for his fuckboi, not-a-care-in-the-world defensive attitude. No thanks. I want this to be good and maybe the message is, but the vessel is awful and I will not be subjecting myself to that.P.S. I know this is supposed to be about mental health, and maybe that’s why he has this attitude in the first place. I do not have these mental health conditions, so I am in no way commenting on its validity in that regard. Maybe the representation is great, I don’t know. But I’ll have to leave that to others to decide. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jaime
    January 1, 1970
    Read. This. Book.This book was amazing. Probably one of my favorite reads of the year and I will definitely be revisiting this book at some point. I love reading books about mental illness, but sometimes they can seem very surfacy; like the author read about it and just regurgitated everything they've seen on tv/movies. This was not the case with this one. In the author's note at the end she mentions suffering from mental illness and while she doesn't specifically say OCD, this book made me feel Read. This. Book.This book was amazing. Probably one of my favorite reads of the year and I will definitely be revisiting this book at some point. I love reading books about mental illness, but sometimes they can seem very surfacy; like the author read about it and just regurgitated everything they've seen on tv/movies. This was not the case with this one. In the author's note at the end she mentions suffering from mental illness and while she doesn't specifically say OCD, this book made me feel like she has some firsthand experience with it. I loved Lennon. I loved her strength, her vulnerability, her outlook on life even when she was being "crazy." I feel like she is a great role model for people suffering from mental illnesses. I liked how hard she worked to overcome it and how she allowed herself to fail. She is just such an inspiration. Oh man and Kyler? Such a great H. Definitely one of my favorites. I loved his outlook on life. I loved the way he treated Lennon and how he accepted her just as she is, weird ticks and all. He turned the phrases "weird" and "crazy" into something beautiful. I just love him. I loved his growth throughout the book, too. His dedication to Lennon and to himself was awe inspiring. Another thing I loved about this book, was how supportive Claire was to Lennon. Typically in books and in movies the step-mother is portrayed as this awful person, but she was genuinely kind and loving toward Lennon. As some who has an AWESOME step-mom, I loved seeing her written this way. I know absolutely nothing about mental illnesses so I can't say with 100% certainty how real this book actually is, but it definitely didn't feel surfacy. If you're a fan of these types of books, I HIGHLY recommend this one. You won't regret it.Side note: This is an extremely clean YA novel with brief kissing and very little cursing. ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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  • Naomi Milliner
    January 1, 1970
    I'm tempted to write, "Don't waste your time reading this review when you could be reading this book!" Honestly, it's nearly impossible to put it down. Lennon and Kyler are as unusual as their names, and their unexpected love story is as compelling as they come. They are tremendously likable and sympathetic, and they - and their story - will stay with me for a very long time. Okay, NOW you can go read the book. :)
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really unique book to read. This was not what I expected from reading the summary and the cover. I received this book as an advanced readers copy from NetGalley for an honest review and not to mention most of our young patrons are curious about this book.All Our Broken Pieces tells the story of Lennon Davis and her OFF obsession with the number 5. Lennon turns off the light switch 5 times, and hopes life will not suck especially at her new school in Low Angeles. If she flicks it 5 tim This was a really unique book to read. This was not what I expected from reading the summary and the cover. I received this book as an advanced readers copy from NetGalley for an honest review and not to mention most of our young patrons are curious about this book.All Our Broken Pieces tells the story of Lennon Davis and her OFF obsession with the number 5. Lennon turns off the light switch 5 times, and hopes life will not suck especially at her new school in Low Angeles. If she flicks it 5 times maybe her step-family will accept her, if she flicks it 50 more times she can finally go to sleep. Lennon later meets Kyler the next door neighbor who sees Lennon flick those lights and can't help but be fascinated with her. Kyle decided to focus on Lennon as his new inspiration for his work and even though his father has warned him about Lennon, he can't help but want more.I think at first young readers will scratch their heads wondering what this book is about but as you read on, they'll understand and they won't get enough. We will be definitely considering this title for our FRiction shelves and that is why we give this book 5 stars!
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  • Liesl Stach
    January 1, 1970
    I received an early copy of this book from NetGalley.A beautiful, heartfelt story about what it's like to be broken, and find someone who helps you fit all your pieces back together. Kyler has physical scars from a horrible childhood accident, while Lennon's emotional scars come from her obsessive-compulsive disorder. I do not suffer from a mental illness as severe as Lennon's, but I found it accurate and believable. The romance between Lennon and Kyler is sweet and real and reminded me of what I received an early copy of this book from NetGalley.A beautiful, heartfelt story about what it's like to be broken, and find someone who helps you fit all your pieces back together. Kyler has physical scars from a horrible childhood accident, while Lennon's emotional scars come from her obsessive-compulsive disorder. I do not suffer from a mental illness as severe as Lennon's, but I found it accurate and believable. The romance between Lennon and Kyler is sweet and real and reminded me of what it felt like to be seventeen and in love. The scenes with Kyler's band were well-written. This novel was a great joy to read, and I'm eager for more from Crichton.
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  • Elisquared
    January 1, 1970
    All Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton is a romantic rollarcoaster of two self-proclaimed "broken" teens finding each other, and helping to patch up the holes in their lives.Told from alternating perspectives, the reader meets Lennon first. Due to a family tragedy, she must move in with her father and step-mother, across the country to Bel Air, a far-cry from her life with her mother in Maine. With the move comes her step-sister Andrea, and half-brother Jacob. So not only is she dealing with a n All Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton is a romantic rollarcoaster of two self-proclaimed "broken" teens finding each other, and helping to patch up the holes in their lives.Told from alternating perspectives, the reader meets Lennon first. Due to a family tragedy, she must move in with her father and step-mother, across the country to Bel Air, a far-cry from her life with her mother in Maine. With the move comes her step-sister Andrea, and half-brother Jacob. So not only is she dealing with a new place and a new home, she is dealing with all of this while trying to control her OCD. Next up, the reader meets Kyler. Having grown-up in Bel Air, he sticks out because Kyler chooses not to fit in with the "typical"crowd. A sensitive and private musician, Kyler deals with his own personal tragedy, and how it effects the way he sees himself. When Lennon moves next door, this typically broody boy can't help but be captivated.This is such a lovely romance. Two teens, who are both dealing with extremely personal issues, come together in such a perfect way. They compliment each other, and help each other to heal. The romance is beautifully written, and made me fall in love with Lennon and Kyler as a couple.The characterizations within the book are great, with the main couple, along with their family, being developed in a way that is real and authentic. The familial dynamics in both households are realistic, with there being both conflict and support. I loved the fact that Lennon's step-mother wasn't evil, and didn't begrudge Lennon's father his time with her birth mother. Also, Kyler's relationship with his sister is fiercely protective, and while his interests lie on the complete opposite spectrum, he is always proud of his little sister.As I do not have OCD, I am not sure how accurate the portrayal is, but I feel like it is never stigmatized as something that is a horrible part of Lennon. Does she want to feel "normal", yes, but that could be said for anyone who has a condition or disease that places them out of the societal norm. There is care shown, with both Lennon's treatments and her family's understanding, that I think was well-crafted. You see that OCD, while it can be difficult to deal with, and sometimes debilitating, it can also be managed and someone can live a full and happy life. Overall, the writing was what really sucked me in. It is lyrical and poetic, but also very funny. The peaks into Kyler's music in his chapters, the facts that start off Lennon's chapters, the overall tone, it is all well-crafted to fit together to make one hell of a book.I can't recommend this book enough! I read it in two days, it was so engrossing. There's something for everyone, the romance lovers, the hard contemporary lovers, those who love family stories, and those who want to read about a strong female protagonist; everything can be found here. Pick up a copy of All Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton as soon as possible!
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  • BookwormishMe
    January 1, 1970
    Kyler and Lennon are teenagers and broken. Kyler suffered severe burns to his face as a young child, disfiguring him for life. Lennon suffers from extreme OCD, and just lost her mom in a tragic drunk driving accident. Now Lennon has had to move to Los Angeles, Bel Air to be exact, to live with her father and step-family. Lennon and Kyler live next door to one another now. Can two broken teens find happiness in being allowed to be their honest and original selves with one another? Thrown together Kyler and Lennon are teenagers and broken. Kyler suffered severe burns to his face as a young child, disfiguring him for life. Lennon suffers from extreme OCD, and just lost her mom in a tragic drunk driving accident. Now Lennon has had to move to Los Angeles, Bel Air to be exact, to live with her father and step-family. Lennon and Kyler live next door to one another now. Can two broken teens find happiness in being allowed to be their honest and original selves with one another? Thrown together to complete a high school English assignment, Lennon and Kyler find out that sometimes being broken isn’t such an awful thing when you have a partner with which to face the broken-ness.Crichton has written a YA novel which touches on issues that teens feel all the time - being outsiders in an inside world. There isn’t a teen who doesn’t have something to face, whether visible like Kyler’s scars, or invisible (mostly) like Lennon’s OCD. What makes this book so fabulous is the way that Crichton shares the reality of living with these unique qualities and how even if you are broken, you can live a full and satisfying life.Yes, this book definitely shows all of this in a perfect setting - living in Bel Air, having oodles of money, driving nice cars, etc. Yet even with the fairytale surroundings, the book does talk about the reality of being a teen. No matter perfect or not, the teenage years are challenging. Everyone has something and no one should be singled out for being different. The message that this book shares is very important.Kudos to Crichton for writing a book that is a little bit fantasy and a lotta bit reality with a happy ending. Not all stories like Kyler’s and Lennon’s end happily, but hopefully with more books like this, teens will realize that different doesn’t necessarily equate to bad or lesser. Differences can make people special. Excellent lessons and reading in this one.This review will be posted at BookwormishMe.com close to publication date.
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  • Gavin
    January 1, 1970
    You know when you finish a book but you're not actually finished with it, so you try to imagine what comes next so you never have to say goodbye to the main characters? All Our Broken Pieces wraps everything up beautifully and yet I wanted to see more of Lennon and Kyler. I promise you, you will never meet two of the most realest fictional characters in literature.I read this book without ever wanting to step out of the minds of Lennon and Kyler, and what intricate, thought-provoking, interestin You know when you finish a book but you're not actually finished with it, so you try to imagine what comes next so you never have to say goodbye to the main characters? All Our Broken Pieces wraps everything up beautifully and yet I wanted to see more of Lennon and Kyler. I promise you, you will never meet two of the most realest fictional characters in literature.I read this book without ever wanting to step out of the minds of Lennon and Kyler, and what intricate, thought-provoking, interesting minds they have. They're both broken and in need of someone who understands them for who they are, for who they can be, and both characters just fit, like they fit so beautifully in the narrative. The chapters are flip-flopped between first-person narratives of Lennon and Kyler, and it fits. The prose allows you to feel the raw emotions that each character endures, allowing us uncensored access to the deepest, most darkest parts of their minds. Some spoilers ahead. Lennon is a girl with OCD - a condition that has dictated the way she thinks and acts around other people. She's ashamed, and what's so beautiful about this is that, as a reader, I know there's nothing wrong with her, and Kyler knows this too. I'm sick of reading books where love interests want to change their other half, but Kyler never wants to change her. He wants to understand her so that he can be a part of her world. He never wants her to feel ashamed for being who she is. There is no magical cure for OCD and I love that by the end of the novel, Lennon learns about her own self worth enough to be able to control it, like a superpower that has changed her life. It never goes away, and it shouldn't. That's the raw, honest truth about living with OCD, something that is so overlooked in today's media. Kyler is a guy who has his own personal demons. His face is burned from a fire that occurred when he was a child (I didn't expect the backstory behind that and I won't spoil it here). There are so many times I just wanted to tell him he's beautiful. The thoughts he has, the compassion and kindness. His inner beauty revealed so much more about his character than the scars on his face ever do. He also lets it define him, he tries to hide it with hoodies and beanies and his hair - but he never needed to. Kyler needed Lennon. Lennon needed Kyler. They showed each other that their pieces fit, and when they do, the most magical thing happens - they believe in themselves, they accept their own demons for what they are, not what they think they are. They learn, and we learn as readers, about their mental health and that through listening to one another (as well as other characters, they really needed to listen to them too), they were able to wear their scars with pride and bravery. The writing is beautiful. Leah Crichton has weaved the most wonderful prose that exposes the human condition of two fictional characters she makes feel real. And I feel everything for Lennon and Kyler. I feel true happiness when they're together and frustration when they're apart. I feel like screaming at other characters who try to keep them apart, or show a lack of understanding to who they are as people. They might only be characters, but what they go through, what they experience, is very real. The experiences they have are embedded throughout in touching moments and you'll read the most wonderful passages in this novel, a novel I know has been given the time and love that it needed to become the thought-provoking, inspiring read that it is.I love All Our Broken Pieces and everything that it stands for. After reading this novel, I came to one conclusion: the world needs this story, and the world is lucky to have it.
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  • John Clark
    January 1, 1970
    Take two very flawed teens and have them end up living next door. Lennon's OCD was barely maintained at best when she was living in Maine with her mom, then went full blown when Mom was hit and killed by a drunk driver. Lennon's rational brain cells tell her that she was not responsible, but they're beaten into submission over and over by her need to keep pending disaster at bay through her rituals. A three month stay at Riverview Psychiatric Center (I worked at its precursor for 27 years), stab Take two very flawed teens and have them end up living next door. Lennon's OCD was barely maintained at best when she was living in Maine with her mom, then went full blown when Mom was hit and killed by a drunk driver. Lennon's rational brain cells tell her that she was not responsible, but they're beaten into submission over and over by her need to keep pending disaster at bay through her rituals. A three month stay at Riverview Psychiatric Center (I worked at its precursor for 27 years), stabilized her somewhat, but now, she's been transplanted to California, facing a new school, a hostile step-sister and additional demons. Kyler, the boy living next door, has his own demons, courtesy of a fire that burned one side of his face when he was six. He's compensated by withdrawing from much of life and wearing hoodies. Even though he loves writing music and playing in the band called Fire To Dust, he formed with three friends, he refuses to consider playing in public, much to the frustration of the other band members. When these two meet, it's the beginning of something magical and way bigger than either could predict. It's rocky, scary and a bit snarky as they realize how well their brokenness meshes. There are plenty of things I really like about the story. Both main characters are real as heck, they love to play with words to make up new band names (something I do that drives my wife a bit batty), secondary characters are all over the good to bad spectrum, with Lennon's little stepbrother being ultra cool while her stepsister is one of the most despicable teens in this year's crop of books. The overall portrayal of Lennon's particular type of OCD is spot on. It's a fascinating read and one that deserves a spot in any public or school library.
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  • Candice
    January 1, 1970
    This wasn't a book for me. As a mother of four girls I could not get over Lennon's attitude of not being able to live happily without Kyler. Granted that is probably how some teenage girls feel when it comes to their first love. I'm just not one of those and have never been. I come from a family of strong willed women, so that irked me to no avail. The beginning was very fun to read though and I loved the Kyler and his dramatic, emo feelings and his accepting of Lennon's OCD and stepping out of This wasn't a book for me. As a mother of four girls I could not get over Lennon's attitude of not being able to live happily without Kyler. Granted that is probably how some teenage girls feel when it comes to their first love. I'm just not one of those and have never been. I come from a family of strong willed women, so that irked me to no avail. The beginning was very fun to read though and I loved the Kyler and his dramatic, emo feelings and his accepting of Lennon's OCD and stepping out of his comfort zone for her. But as the story went along and the obvious Romeo and Juliet family feud, which didn't seem to quite fit into the narrative in my opinion, it was a bit of a struggle to finish it.
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  • Amanda (Books, Life and Everything Nice)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley, Disney - Hyperion, and L.D. Crichton for an ARC ebook copy to review. As always, an honest review from me. I ended up DNFing this book, because I just couldn't get into it. I read 25% of it, but that took me almost a month to do. I kept putting the book down and reading other books which I LOVED! I thought I would really enjoy the book based on the topic of mental illness- specifically OCD, but I found myself annoyed with the way both of the characters spoke and viewed li Thank you to NetGalley, Disney - Hyperion, and L.D. Crichton for an ARC ebook copy to review. As always, an honest review from me. I ended up DNFing this book, because I just couldn't get into it. I read 25% of it, but that took me almost a month to do. I kept putting the book down and reading other books which I LOVED! I thought I would really enjoy the book based on the topic of mental illness- specifically OCD, but I found myself annoyed with the way both of the characters spoke and viewed life. Besides life is way too short to read a book that you cannot get into. Not a bad book per say, and definitely great representation of a topic that is not talked about enough. But not for me. Maybe I'm growing out of the YA category. Who knows? But if you're interested in All Our Broken Pieces don't let my review discourage you from giving it a read. Just not the book for me.
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  • Maureen
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this novel about Lennon and Kyler, both broken in their own ways. But when they find each other, some of the pieces fuse together. These two teens will never be perfect, but the fit perfectly together. The theme of mental illness is powerful and moving. I think everyone should invest time to learn about the various broken children in our lives. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to be an early reader in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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  • Dylan
    January 1, 1970
    As someone *with* OCD, I'm always cautious with romances with a character that has it because I've seen it romanticized countless times. Also it seems hetero so. It's not doing well so far.
  • Hira Chaudhary
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.This book was so freaking ADORABLE. And perfect. And amazing. I really loved it to no end. I loved Lennon and Kyler so much. I love how they both had scars, how they both felt like they were on the outside, how one's scars were visible, and the other's not. I loved how they understood one another in a way no one else ever would.I will say, the story got a little long at times, where it felt like the same thing I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.This book was so freaking ADORABLE. And perfect. And amazing. I really loved it to no end. I loved Lennon and Kyler so much. I love how they both had scars, how they both felt like they were on the outside, how one's scars were visible, and the other's not. I loved how they understood one another in a way no one else ever would.I will say, the story got a little long at times, where it felt like the same things were happening over and over, and it wasn't until the very end with the bit of drama that something really happened. And even that was a little blown out of proportion.I loved little Jacob and how he was a true superhero slash investigative reporter. He was the best. I loved Kyler's bandmates and little sister, and Lennon's Levi, Claire, and dad were all great characters.It was a really good, emotionally charged wonder of a book about scars and OCD and what it means to be weird and accept that about yourself. I really recommend it to anyone looking for a cute romance with a good dose of mental health awareness <3
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, wow, wow! This book is amazingly beautiful from page one until the end. It has depth, it has heartbreakingly beautiful characters and a deeply moving realistic storyline. I loved everything about this story and HIGHLY recommend it to all teens and YA fiction fans. It’s got the type of characters you feel like you really know, or wish you knew, you cheer for them every step of the way, and you are sad to leave them when the story ends. I loved the depth of understanding about the scars we al Wow, wow, wow! This book is amazingly beautiful from page one until the end. It has depth, it has heartbreakingly beautiful characters and a deeply moving realistic storyline. I loved everything about this story and HIGHLY recommend it to all teens and YA fiction fans. It’s got the type of characters you feel like you really know, or wish you knew, you cheer for them every step of the way, and you are sad to leave them when the story ends. I loved the depth of understanding about the scars we all have and the inherent beauty within us all. No one will be sorry that they entered Kyler’s and Lennon’s world.
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