Tia never knew her father, or at least she doesn’t have memories of him. That is because he was sentenced to life in prison when she was only four years old. Her mother won’t talk about him and basically tells Tia to forget about him – that for all intent and purpose, he is dead.
This works for Tia until one night at choir practice when a car jacking happens outside the church her group is singing in. For some reason, Tia can’t shake the feeling that more than a robbery happened with her father. When she learns that a young child was killed in the car jacking, Tia feels a connection with the mother of the child she can’t explain. It leads her to begin asking questions about her own life and circumstance – questions her mother clearly doesn’t want to answer or acknowledge.
Pieces of Why by K. L. Going is a thoughtful look at a teen struggling to make sense of the world she lives in and how she can continue to love those around her as her world suddenly seems too large and too small at the same time. Readers will feel for Tia as she struggles with her close friend, her mother, and finds herself navigating romance all at the same time.
Highly recommended for mature 6th graders and up.