Some Of The Parts
Author: Hannah Barnaby
Release Date: February 16, 2016
Publisher: Knopf BFYR
Sometimes bad things happen, and we are not the same when they are over.
For months, Tallie McGovern has been coping with the death of her older brother the only way she knows how: by smiling bravely and pretending that she's okay. She’s managed to fool her friends, her parents, and her teachers so far, yet she can’t even say his name out loud: “N—” is as far as she can go. But when Tallie comes across a letter in the mail, it only takes two words to crack the careful façade she’s built around herself:
Two words that had apparently been checked off on her brother’s driver’s license; two words that her parents knew about—and never confided to her. All at once, everything Tallie thought she understood about her brother’s death feels like a lie. And although a part of her knows he’s gone forever, another part of her wonders if finding the letter might be a sign. That if she can just track down the people on the other end of those two words, it might somehow bring him back.
Hannah Barnaby’s deeply moving novel asks questions there are no easy answers to as it follows a family struggling to pick up the pieces, and a girl determined to find the brother she wasn’t ready to let go of.
SOME OF THE PARTS is equally heartbreaking as it is beautiful. Hannah Baranaby’s writing style is truly engaging and a nice change of pace for me. Far too often in contemporary the writing, like the topic tends to feel a little common, but not this time.
One of my favorite parts of SOME OF THE PARTS is that Tallie is surrounded by exactly the kind of people she needs to be, whether she knows it or not. The boss who isn’t very warm and cuddly is the kind of thing she needs to just get her work done and not have to be bothered about her life and loss. The new worker who takes over some shifts, allows her to go looking for the donors. The best friend who is literally the complete opposite of her, and tells her how it is. And the boy, the somewhat love interest (it’s not a typical love interest thing, and honestly it was always a little weird to me that she only noticed him right away because he looked like her brother….her dead brother…) who can help her on the medical end of things due to what his dad does for a living.
To date I have read exactly one other book about organ donation, and it really set the bar high for the topic. SOME OF THE PARTS doesn't disappoint.
It all folded in so neatly together, tucked itself up into a perfect lesson, some heartbreak, tears and healing. Hannah Barnaby is definitely on my list of authors to buy straight away!