Million Pieces of Neena Gill
Emma Smith-Barton

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Narrated By: Anjli Mohindra

Duration: 8 hours and 22 minutes

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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.


Children's / Teenage fiction: Relationship stories – Romance, love or friendship, Children's / Teenage fiction: Family and home stories, Children's / Teenage fiction: School stories

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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

Powerful, relatable and uplifting

Emily Barr, author of The One Memory of Flora Banks

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

The Sun

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

Waterstones Recommended Reads Newsletter

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

Bookseller, One to Watch

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