Marly in Pieces

Cathrina Constantine
Young Adult

MYSTERY: Marly and Rae are best friends and have been through a lot together. Each is very jealous of the other, but they’re so close they consider themselves sisters. They love each other and fight as sisters do, and even have made a blood vow. So when Marly discovers Rae in their secret spot, dead with her wrists slit, she cannot believe she committed suicide. Marly is devastated and thinks about all the events that led to this, but will she figure out what really happened to her friend? Or will it be another secret she has kept from Marly?

“Marly in Pieces” is a story addressing teens and their relationships that will draw the reader in from the very first page. The story is beautifully written and told in pieces past and present, which the author has done a great job of combining. This story covers many sensitive issues that teens face in today’s society, such as sex, suicide, child abuse, shooting, and even teen pregnancy. This tale is an emotional  roller coaster ride, filled with a lot of twists and turns that will have the reader guessing until the end. Cathrina Constantine has created very complex characters that struggle throughout the story, especially Marly, who is devastated and at a loss as to what really happened to her best friend, Rae. She struggles with memories and jealousy of her friend while readers will be rooting for her to figure things out and find happiness. 


Victoria Zumbrum