“The old saying "Never judge a book by its cover" literally rang true for me with this novel. The picture on the cover almost turned me off from reading it, as I am not a fan of baseball. I decided to check it out anyway and was immediately drawn in by this heartwarming story of a boy's struggle with dealing with the tragedies of his past and the uncertainty of his future.
All the Broken Pieces is told from 12-year-old Matt Pinn's point-of-view and written in verse which gives it a very intimate, poetic feel. The story takes place around the time of Vietnam war, 2 years after Matt was taken out of his war-torn country and brought to America, where he was adopted by a young couple. Although he loves and appreciates his new family, he's afraid to open up to them and falls into a depression fueled by memories of his past life, longing for his biological family, and bullying at school. Matt's adopted father encourages him to join the school baseball team in hopes that it will help him make friends, but unfortunately things get worse before they get better.
EJMurray wrote this review Monday, November 5, 2012.