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  • Published: 16 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241363317
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $16.99

The Million Pieces of Neena Gill

Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2020




A deeply moving and powerful #ownvoices story from a bold and exciting new voice in British young adult fiction

How can I hold myself together, when everything around me is falling apart?

Neena's always been a good girl - great grades, parent-approved friends and absolutely no boyfriends. But ever since her brother Akash left her, she's been slowly falling apart - and uncovering a new version of herself who is altogether more dangerous.

As her wild behaviour spirals more and more out of control, Neena's grip on her sanity begins to weaken too. And when her parents announce not one but two life-changing bombshells - including that they want her to have an arranged marriage - she finally reaches breaking point. But as Neena is about to discover, when your life falls apart, only love can piece you back together.

  • Published: 16 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241363317
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $16.99

Praise for The Million Pieces of Neena Gill

WOW! The Million Pieces Of Neena Gill is an authentic, compelling & touching portrayal of teenage Neena's journey through the deterioration of her mental health

Abigail Tarttelin, author of Golden Boy and Dead Girls

Powerful, relatable and uplifting

Emily Barr, author of The One Memory of Flora Banks

Smith-Barton . . . writes powerfully about mental health, psychosis and growing up between cultures

Bookseller, One to Watch

An honest, thought-provoking story about grief and mental health

The Sun

Smith-Barton's portrayal from the inside of a mind warping under intense pressure is powerful stuff, almost making the point that first love is close to being a psychotic episode in itself. That's a refreshing and realistic spin on the average teen romance.

Financial Times

A sensitive exploration of the fractures and fissures of mental breakdown from a vital new voice in YA fiction

Waterstones Recommended Reads Newsletter

This novel thoughtfully and sensitively portrays a teenage experience of psychosis, a mental illness rarely written about. A masterful piece of storytelling.

The Scotsman

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