Sixteen year-old Alexis Hartman wants nothing more than to play her guitar and get high, hoping to escape the pain of losing her sister. But when she’s arrested for possession a second time, life couldn’t get any more complicated. Her mother's breakdown is the final straw that forces Lexi to spend the summer on the West Coast with her grandmother, Maddie. When Lexi steps over the line one too many times, she's certain her life is over and that she’s destined for juvenile detention—until Maddie decides that desperate measures are called for. A three week Mediterranean cruise—for seniors.
Eighteen year-old Ethan Kaswell, the poster child for good sons, is stranded on the cruise when his father, a famous heart surgeon, is called away. With his own life perfectly mapped out, Ethan finds Lexi’s unpredictability irresistible. Although he’s smart enough to see that there is no future in falling for a “vacation crush,” Lexi’s edgy dark side draws him like an anchor to the bottom of the sea. As the two embark on the journey of a lifetime, will Lexi finally learn to love someone—even when she has to let them go?
Pieces of Love
5 Star Pieces of Love is a spectacular, intriguing read. Sixteen year- old Alexis Hartman, in her attempt to escape her emptiness over the death of her sister, wants nothing more than to smoke pot and play guitar. Her mother has a breakdown after Alexis is arrested for possession. After attempts to rehabilitate Alexis fail, she is sent to her grandmother Maddie Hartman, in California for the summer. The astute and strict grandmother takes Alexis on the cruise she had booked previously. Alexis meets and is attracted to eighteen year-old Ethan Kaswell. who is traveling to meet his famous heart surgeon father in Italy. Ethan, who has his future planned and shows incredible depth and maturity, is attracted to Alexis’ unpredictability,.
Alexis’ youthful sarcasm and rebellious attitude is authentic. It fit her character perfectly. I connected with Alexis and could feel her pain. She strikes me as a real and strong heroine, who is going through a process of painful, but wonderful growth and self-discovery. Her grandmother Maddie was terrific, I loved her reprimands and lectures. Alexis’ relationship with her grandmother and the young Ethan kept me on the edge of my seat.
The author took me on adventures with the characters as they made visits to the towns and villages of Greece, Italy and Dubrovnik. Her images were descriptive and well-done. I could see and appreciate the architectural work, the art and the people of the places she took me to. I have fun on the cruise along with the characters. I am sure the author experienced all these places.
A wonderful page-turner.
A Realistic YA Novel
PJ Sharon has realism down pat. It's actually one of the things I love most about her books. Sharon writes young adult and coming of age novels that teens can truly relate to. Pieces of Love features a girl who uses drugs and her own music as a form of escape, something many teenagers can relate to. However, when she meets a great guy, she may be able to let the pain go and replace it with love. This is a great book that you'll have a hard time putting down.