Pieces of a Girl (Hardcover)

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Pieces of a Girl (Hardcover)


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Vulnerable, and tough to read but so important. The unbelievably true story of a girl who shatters her life and slowly gathers the pieces into something whole again. With writing that doesn’t condescend to its intended younger audience, Stephanie channels all of the riot grrrls that inspired her to tell her story of addiction, abuse, and survival. Punctuated with illustrations, and scans of her handmade zines, this is a story not to be forgotten and hopefully introduces newer generations to the power of riot grrrl and allowing yourself to feel it all.

— Courtney

A raw and bold memoir about abuse and addiction, and the power of expression and community that helped Stephanie Kuehnert, the author of Ballads of Suburbia and regular Rookie contributor, survive and thrive. Told in varied narrative styles, including journal entries, original illustration, and pages torn from her actual diaries and zines, this is the memoir of Stephanie's life as a struggling outsider who survived substance and relationship abuse to become a strong young woman after years and years trapped in a cycle that sometimes seemed to have no escape.
Stephanie Kuehnert got her start writing bad poetry about unrequited love and razor blades in eighth grade. In high school, she discovered punk rock and produced several D.I.Y. feminist zines. She received her MFA in creative writing from Columbia College Chicago. Her first YA novel, I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone, was published by MTV Books in July 2008, and her second, Ballads of Suburbia was published in July 2009. In addition to writing novels, she is a teacher and was a staff writer for ROOKIE, the acclaimed online magazine for teenage girls. Stephanie lives in Seattle with her husband and two cats.
Product Details ISBN: 9780525429753
ISBN-10: 0525429751
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 26th, 2024
Pages: 320
Language: English
★ "Harrowing but ultimately triumphant."—Booklist, starred review 

“[S]trong, captivating voice…. a memoir with sharp teeth and a soft underbelly, the product mirroring the author’s catharsis in creating art.”—PW

"A raw, deep dive into one young woman’s struggle for wholeness."—Kirkus