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Pieces (The Breakaway #2)
by Michelle Davidson Argyle
Release Date: February 14, 2013
Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing
Genre: Mature YA/New Adult Contemporary
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The Breakaway was about Naomi being kidnapped and what she went through. Pieces is the aftermath and about how Naomi is trying to move on. I really enjoyed both books but they do read very differently and can be easily be read separately. I was so excited there would be a sequel because so many kidnapping books never show the after effects. Especially since Naomi fell in love with her kidnapper and is awaiting his release from jail. Can love endure through such a horrible way of meeting or should Naomi move on?
Naomi is away at college and has few friends. She is constantly seen as the girl that was kidnapped. When Finn, who works at her favorite coffee shop, asks her out she decides to finally go for it. Desperate for some fun she agrees to go as friends. I loved Finn right away. He was so incredibly sweet and understanding of her situation. He listened and never judged or made her feel bad for the fact that she is in love with her kidnapper. I desperately wanted Naomi to move on and have a happy, healthy relationship with Finn.
But...I fell back into Stockholm syndrome again! As soon as Jesse is released I end up falling for him all over again. He seems to really care about Naomi and I want to believe that they could have a future together. I want them to have a second chance at happiness. I felt like Jesse did such a good thing turning himself in and facing the consequences so that he could be with Naomi the right way. Naomi gives everything up to give him a second chance and I am soon thinking that maybe that isn't such a good idea. A criminal usually can't fully change their ways. I wanted him to change. I kept believing he changed even though there were clues I should have see. Jesse is a charmer at times.
Naomi has a hard time standing up for herself. The kidnappers victimized her because they thought she was complaisant and she is having a hard time breaking away from that. She has to be strong and fight for real change in her life. Not just with Jesse but with her family as well. They tell her what to do and she needs to finally figure out what she wants in life. Does she want to continue with college? Is Jesse really the best thing for her or should she move on. There is a lot of guilt from what they went through together and they feel like they need to be there for each other. That it makes everything they went through worth it. But maybe it doesn't. I honestly wasn't completely sure how it would end but I think Naomi ended up in a good place. An emotional journey about moving on and finding the strength to make changes.
"I know, but you waited for me for over two years. You've given up everything to come here with me. I knew there was a good chance this would all work out."
"I'm still stuck in that bedroom with Eric, and I can't get out." Sinking to her knees, she buried her face in her hands. "I'll never get out."
"You're a better person than me, Naomi. You've always been better than me. I guess that's why I've never wanted to let you go."