Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Release Date: June 4, 2019
From the bestselling author of We’re All in This Togethercomes a novel about family, friendship, fame, and the cost of living in the public eye — because when everyone suddenly knows your name, it’s easy to forget who you really are.
“The first time they met, Mags saved Ava’s life. The second time they met, Ava saved Mags’s.”
Ava Hart is the most reluctant cast member of a reality TV show based on her big city family’s (mostly staged) efforts to run a B&B in small-town Nova Scotia. Every family has its problems, but Ava has grown up seeing her family’s every up and down broadcast on national television, after the show becomes an unexpected success for reasons that will take a heavy toll on the Harts.
Mags Kovach is the charismatic lead singer of a struggling Halifax rock band hoping to be the Next Big Thing. For years she’s managed to contain her demons and navigate the uglier aspects of being a woman in the music world, but after a devastating loss, she turns her anger on the only person she can: herself.
As their private tragedies continue to set social media and tabloid headlines on fire, their every move subjected to an endless stream of public commentary, it will be their unexpected friendship that will save them. They will push back against the roles they’ve been forced to play, and take back control of something they thought they’d lost forever — the right to their own stories.
Every Little Piece of Me tells the story of two young women as they begin to explore who they are under the harsh glare of stardom and fame.
Every Little Piece of Me is told through two perspectives: Ava Hart, a young woman thrust into the reality television spotlight, and Mags Kovach, the lead singer of an up and coming band. Though both women are dealing with different types of fame, they are ultimately dealing with the cost of living in the public eye.
There are two great stories within this one novel. Ava growing up in the public sphere through reality television and Mags growing up on stage for all to see. Unfortunately, Every Little Piece of Me only skims the surface of these stories. Though the novel is 400 pages, Ava and Mags’ stories are not as developed as they could be.
Every Little Piece of Me focuses heavily on media, women, how women are expected to act, and how they are perceived. In many ways, women are held to a higher standard in terms of their actions when they are in the spotlight. This is on full display as both Ava and Mags lives begin to unravel and vitriol spewed at them.
Between each chapter are samples of social media posts and articles written about the two young women. These offer readers direct insight into the scrutiny these young women are under and the cruelty of keyboard warriors.
Overall, Every Little Piece of Me is an exploration of social media influence, fame, and women.
Trigger warnings for alcohol/drug abuse, suicidal ideation, and sexual assault.
*** I received a finished copy of the novel from the publisher for an honest review.