Eight Pieces of Silva
by Patrice Lawrence
YA Mystery, Contemporary
Becks is into girls but didn’t come out because she was never in. She lives with her mum, stepdad and eighteen-year-old Silva, her stepdad’s daughter. Becks and Silva are opposites, but bond over their mutual obsession with K-pop.
When Becks’ mum and stepdad go on honeymoon to Japan, Becks and Silva are left alone. Except, Silva disappears. Becks ventures into the forbidden territory of Silva’s room and finds the first of eight clues that help her discover her sister’s secret life.
Meanwhile, Silva is on a journey. A journey to make someone love her. He says he doesn’t, but he’s just joking. All she has to do is persuade him otherwise …
I absolutely loved meeting Patrice Lawrence at a panel last year and I have loved all her other books too, especially last year’s Rose, Interrupted so I was really looking forward to her new release, especially after I found out it was a mystery with a lesbian main character! YES! So I’m sure you can imagine my total disappointment when this book was just not it for me 😦
Eight Pieces of Silva follows the hilariously authentic main character Becks who has to go looking for her step-sister Silva when she suddenly goes missing. She ventures into Silva’s room to find eight clues that she has to unpack and solve to make sure Silva is okay.
Firstly, I hated the structure of this book. So it’s told in dual perspectives of both Silva and Becks. Becks’s POVs are in the present as she looks for her sister, but woven in between the main story are chapters from Silva’s perspective, as she revealed the truth gradually about why she’s gone missing and what she is up to. Personally, I don’t think this worked. I think it gave away the mystery too soon and when we eventually find out the answers and the truth, I wasn’t one bit impressed because I’d already come to the same conclusion. Also, I get first love and all that but I kind of found it unrealistic just how desperate Silva was acting.
However, Lawrence is a master of dialogue and this book was no different. The characters are so fresh and authentic and I loved reading about them, even if I didn’t enjoy the story all that much. The writing style is excellent, but again I expected nothing less. Unfortunately this story just dragged for me and I felt barely any joy every time I picked it back up.
Part of me knows this book deserves two stars in my opinion, but I love Patrice Lawrence to do that to her. I’m going to go with two and a half. However, Lawrence will always be a staple name in UKYA for me so I’m of course looking forward to what she delivers next.