Not easy subjects — love, loss, sexual abuse, date rape, grief — but real ones, told in pieces (thus the title). Broken Pieces is a work of non-fiction.

Poetry, prose, and essays to let you into one woman’s life — a searingly raw examination of topics most people avoid.

Having followed Rachel Thompson for a while, I knew exactly what I was getting into when I downloaded Broken Pieces. One of the things that we don’t talk about in my family is sexual or physical abuse and I’ve found myself using books as outlets when I start thinking about the things I’ve been through. That’s why I applaud women like Rachel who have the courage to write about their experiences. I often wonder if they realize how much they help people like me. It is through them that women like me are able to find our own voices.

Reading through this collection of essays, I love the way that Rachel wrote this book. It isn’t a straightforward, one event after another type of story. It’s a collection of essays that come off as very fragmented…hence the name, Broken Pieces. Rachel does jump back and forth between experiences. I believe this is done in order to reinforce the impact of certain events. I’m always going to give credit where credit is due. Rachel, I wish I was brave enough…strong enough to write something so raw and emotional. As I was reading, not only was I thinking “I was that girl. I am that girl” but I was also shedding a tear for you because no one should ever experience that kind of pain.

There is nothing that I’d change about this book. It is a true testament of one woman’s journey through the cycle of abuse and while I wish that Rachel never had to grow through that, I’m glad that she shared her experiences in such a beautifully heart wrenching way that touched my life and hopefully gives others strength and courage like me.

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