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SOME OF THE PARTS by Hannah Barnaby – Review
Feb 21st, 2016 by Liza Wiemer

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by Hannah Barnaby – Review

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“A touching depiction of the pain of grief”— Kirkus Reviews

“Barnaby’s elegant, well-paced novel stands out from others examining the death of a loved one both for its understated writing and for its penetrating exploration of the outer limits of grief and guilt… A deeply affecting depiction of moving on after a great loss.” — Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

From Goodreads:

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:

ORGAN DONOR.

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.

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From her website:

I love books. Almost every job I’ve ever had was, in some way, related to books. I have catalogued them, repaired them, barcoded them, shelved them, sold them, edited them, reviewed them. And now I get to write them!

Of course, I have many other things on my “to do” list, but there’s nothing I like better than sneaking away for a few minutes and jotting down an idea for a new story. Beginnings are my favorite part of writing because everything is possible–I haven’t had to make any tough choices yet, and my characters aren’t sad or troubled or in danger. All of that comes later. It has to, or there’s no plot!

I also love to cook, knit, read, and watch television (but only shows with truly great writing). Here are some of my current favorites:

1. Damages

2. Dexter

3. The Knick

4. True Detective (Season 1 — we can talk about Season 2 another time)

Notice a pattern? They’re all dark, serious dramas with high stakes and lots of plot twists. Exactly like the books I aspire to write.

From her publisher:

HANNAH BARNABY has worked as a children’s book editor (HMH), a bookseller at independent children’s bookstores, and a teacher of writing for children and young adults. She holds an MA in Children’s Literature from Simmons College and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. She began writing her first novel, during her time as the first Children’s Writer-in-Residence at the Boston Public Library. She lives in Charlottesville, VA.

 

Review:

Thank you to Knopf for a copy of the novel in exchange for a review:

How does one grieve when a sister feels responsible for a brother’s death? Do you move on? Hide your feelings? Cling to material items belonging to the loved one? Listen to his music? Pretend to be normal? This is the the heart of one of the storylines in SOME OF THE PARTS. Tallie struggles to cope with the loss of her brother Nate, until one day she overhears her parents arguing about the desire to receive a letter from one of his organ recipients. Her mother wants to make contact and her father wants to move on. Tallie takes matters into her own hands, seeking answers and pretending to be her mom to get more information from the recipients. The journey is aided by a boy named Chase, who’s father is a surgeon and has connections to a doctor doing a study on those who got a second chance at life. Chase also has an interesting connection to death, one readers might find either endearing or morbid (but hopefully in a good, Tim Burton way—as my dear friend Kelly said. We both loved it!), depending on perspective.

The journey for Tallie to come to emotional terms and to grieve is an extremely difficult one. She’s lost her friends, her best friend in particular, and is taken under the wing of a girl by the name of Mel, who enjoys her “family” business of taxidermy. For anyone who may be concerned, Mel doesn’t kill animals and there are a some humorous roadkill scenes. Mel doesn’t mince words with Tallie. No special treatment for Tallie, just because he brother’s dead.

The SOME OF ALL PARTS is a window into grief and a window into organ donation. For those who will be getting their driver’s licenses, this will be a fascinating look at the responsibility and impact checking that box can potentially have as a donor and on those who might receive “the parts.” And don’t at all be surprised if you find yourself loving Chase’s quirky side as he helps Tallie with her grief and recovery. Raw. Emotional. Revealing window into organ donation.

 

#Love-A-Thon Questionnaire
Feb 21st, 2016 by Liza Wiemer

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LOVE-A-THON is hosted by  Cee of The Novel HermitHazel of Stay Bookish Mel of The Daily Prophecy and Alexa Loves Books 

Visit any of their sites to join in the fun!

Sadly, I won’t have much time to participate, even though I love this blogging event. But it’s for a great reason. I’m preparing for some school visits for my novel Hello?.  Enjoy!

QUESTIONNAIRE

1. What’s your name? Liza Wiemer
2. Where in the world are you blogging from? Milwaukee, WI
3. How did you get into blogging in the first place? I loved how books have the power to change people’s lives. 
4. How did you come up with your blog name? WhoRu Blog – I wanted to feature books and topics that impact our perception of self. Who are you? As time evolved, I featured more and more authors, books, and topics that impact us every day.
5. What genre do you read and review the most on your blog? I read mostly YA, some MG, but I will occasionally read romance, adult fiction, and non-fiction.
6. What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews? I love posts about “Novel Secrets” – the behind-the-scenes to writing a novel. I often have giveaways and Q & A. 
7. Best blogging experience so far? Meeting blogger friends at events, spending time with them!
8. Favorite thing about the blogging community? Sharing a passion for books and developing meaningful, lasting friendships.
9. Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2016! The Beauty of Darkness, The Winner’s Kiss, The Power, The Problem with Forever, A Court of Mist and Fury, Two Summers
10. Name the 5 books you want to read this 2016 that you didn’t get to in previous years! All the Bright Places, Six Crows, Everything, Everything
11. What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?
12. Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF? Karou from Daughter of Smoke & Bone Series
13. Which book boy or girl would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend? Lucas from Easy
14. Who would you recruit for your apocalypse squad (5 characters max) Karou, Akiva from Daughter of Smoke & Bone Series Rare from the Remnant Chronicles series
15. Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests? Writing, cooking, speaking at school
16. Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for? I despise shopping for clothes. I love going to grocery stores. 🙂
17. At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing? “Hello” by Adele.
18. Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book.
19. What would your dream library look like? Floor to ceiling bookshelves, leather chairs and couches, snack bar/mini-fridge and a fireplace
20. Author you want to meet and sit down to tea with? Nora Roberts.

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