About the book:

Tallie McGovern is determined to get back to normal after a devastating car accident claimed her brother's life, but just when she might be ready to say goodbye, she's hit with a bombshell: her brother's organs were donated and one of the recipients wants to talk. As Tallie's quest to find the other recipients intensifies, her grip on reality starts to loosen, bringing her to one harrowing moment...

Praise for Some of the Parts

« Barnaby’s elegant, well-paced novel stands out from others examining the death of a loved one both for its understated writing and for its penetrating exploration of the outer limits of grief and guilt....Barnaby beautifully brings Nate to life and movingly portrays the relationship between the siblings through Tallie’s fragmented memories. A deeply affecting depiction of moving on after a great loss.

Publisher's Weekly, starred review

Barnaby slowly reveals the cracks in Tallie’s emotional veneer through a well-crafted internal monologue. Tallie’s vulnerability shows in her inability to say her brother’s name aloud and in the way she avoids connecting with her family and friends as she struggles to pick up the pieces and move on. A touching depiction of the pain of grief.

Kirkus Reviews

Music courses through the story, as song titles head each chapter, and playlists become a sort of therapy for Tallie, while new friendships help keep her afloat. Teens who like realistic fiction with an internal focus won’t be disappointed in this incisive and staid novel about coping with death.


The grief depicted here is so raw, nuanced, and compelling....Barnaby’s novel is a devastating and powerful look at grief, guilt, and how to survive the aftermath of something that changes who you are. A must-read.

Teen Librarian Toolbox / SLJ

Barnaby’s writing gives us the thrill of a well-plotted hunt along with the joy of smart, funny, and painfully true people trying to get through life’s sorrows and triumphs.   Tallie is someone you want to know and follow. A fierce and intelligent portrait of grief. 

—Garret Freymann-Weyr, Printz Honor winner for My Heartbeat

Barnaby keeps you rooting for Tallie as she struggles to piece her brother together--and avoid falling apart herself--in this gripping, smart, and often funny novel about loss and recovery.

—Kathryn Erskine, National Book Award winner for Mockingbird


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