The Million Pieces of Neena Gill
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Neena’s brother Akash disappeared 10 months ago and her parents are broken with grief. Neena fights to keep herself sane by disobeying her increasingly strict parents, sneaking out to go partying, drinking to excess, and getting a boyfriend – all things that are strictly forbidden.
However, nothing seems to help, and Neena is gradually losing pieces of her memory, behaving erratically, not eating, not trusting anyone – even those closest to her. Neena is desperate to get to art college, but her father seems determined to stop her going if she doesn’t follow the rules. Yet above all else, she wants to find out exactly what happened to her brother.
The Million Pieces of Neena Gill is a moving portrait of a clever, talented girl who is gradually falling apart and losing her grip on reality, but doesn’t realise it. The story is seen entirely through Neena’s eyes, so the reader only discovers what’s actually going on in her life ‘in real time’. Despite the underlying tragedy, The Million Pieces of Neena Gill is ultimately a powerful, uplifting story of family, love, grief and getting through very difficult times.