Eight pieces of Silva

Eight pieces of Silva by Patrice Lawrence

Sixteen-year-old Becks is a roadman – loud, funny and knows her estate inside out. She’s into girls but didn’t come out because she was never in. She lives with her mum, stepdad and eighteen-year-old Silva, her stepdad’s daughter. Becks and Silva are opposites, but bond over Korean pop and drama.

When Becks’ mum and stepdad go on honeymoon to Japan, Becks and Silva are left alone. Except, Silva disappears. Becks ventures into the forbidden territory of Silva’s room and finds the first of eight clues that help her discover her sister’s secret life.

Meanwhile, Silva is on a journey. A journey to make someone love her. He says he doesn’t, but he’s just joking. All she has to do is persuade him otherwise …


31 Comments

Susie

1st December 2021 at 1:30 pm

I really liked the characters in this book, they were so real, and the story was so believable! It just dragged me in a lot.

Phoebe, Yr 8

1st December 2021 at 1:20 pm

I liked this book because I felt the author involved me as the reader in the book really well. I also thought Lawrence described everything in detail brilliantly. I found the book really mysterious and secretive which I loved.

I would definitely recommend the book. I would probably say that the book is suitable for an age group of 12 years +. I think that is a good age group for the book because I found the book quite a hard read and I got a bit lost at some points.

My favourite part about the book is the part where her sister finds her and they are reunited. I liked this part because it made me feel warm inside. I liked how the parents where completely unaware of what was going on at home when they were on their lovely holiday at Japan.

Elsa, year 9

1st December 2021 at 1:19 pm

‘Eight pieces of Silva’ is a book about a teenage girl whose older stepsister goes missing after dropping their now-wedded-parents at the airport for their honeymoon. This book includes mystery, romance and more.

I liked how the writer used some specific language to make the book seem more real and less of a story in a fantasy world such as language that some people call coloured people or swear words to show pressure of being bigger than you are to impress others, so they think highly of you. I also like how the main character is a lesbian because, as I said in one of my other book reviews, there are not many books that contain main characters who are part of a LGBTQIA+ community (are gay or bisexual etc) and in quite a few stories where there IS an LGBTQIA+ character, the character is generally a gay male, so I find it quite nice to be able to read a book like this.

What I didn’t like about the book was how it started to show Silva’s view on the story quite early on because it spoiled the book and just confused me some more. I also found the story quite confusing near the end and hard to keep track of what was going on. I found a few parts of the book a little childish and when I first got introduced to the main character, she seemed younger than her age which made it a bit confusing.

Overall I quite liked this book and I found that a few of the main characters likes, dislikes, hobbies and more were rather similar to my own older sister’s and some of the writing was similar to hers and so I found the book rather easy to read because I was partly used to a few books like that. I would recommend it to people from the age of 12/13-14/15 but it all depends on the person as I have said before.

I would rate this book a 3.5/5

Amber

30th November 2021 at 9:09 am

I really loved reading this book and discovering where Silva had gone. I think the clues were interesting and I liked the change of perspective from Becks to Silva’s. I also enjoyed the relatability of Becks like with K-pop and black panther. I also enjoyed the book having an LGBT+ character without it taking up the whole story. One thing though was the story could be slow at points and uninteresting, other points make up for it though, I also feel like the character progression in the story especially with Becks could have been worked on as I didn’t feel differently about any of the characters at the start compared to the end.

Holly, Y8

24th November 2021 at 8:39 pm

‘Eight pieces of Silva’ was not my type of book but here is my review: ‘Eight pieces of Silva’ is about a lesbian teenage girl but she hasn’t come out yet. Her mum and her step dad have gone on their honeymoon and left Silva and her at home, but Silva goes missing… She enters Silva’s room but is not allowed to enter it, she has to find the eight pieces of clues to find Silva and find out her big Secret.

Eleanor, Y8

24th November 2021 at 8:27 pm

I really liked this book because the main character was relatable in her fangirl behaviour for K-pop and Black Panther, and I liked how there were so many themes, so it would be easy to lose the story, her having to solve this mystery of where Silva was whilst having a crush on China and then thinking about how her mum’s now married, yet the author keeps it interesting, so you’re on the edge of your seat the whole time.

I liked how her sexuality was not the focal point of the story, and there were so many great topics in the book like mental health and the complexities in her family that she had to face and finding out who she could rely on when she needed the most. I felt emotionally connected to certain characters, and I began to dislike Silva quite a lot and I didn’t look forward to her next diary entry.

It was a great book, and it was a very good read until the end. I couldn’t help feeling disappointed, and I don’t understand how Silva could be alright after three months of therapy as the whole book is about her being emotionally distressed because of the death of her mother even though she had 5 YEARS of counselling. Overall, it was an interesting read and I would recommend to a friend.

Evie, Y9

24th November 2021 at 8:20 pm

I really enjoyed reading ‘8 Pieces Of Silva’! I thought it was written beautifully and I loved the diversity in the book. My favourite part was the individuality of all the characters, and I especially liked how the book switched point of views between Silva and Becks. However, the ending felt rushed. There was either a lot of action going on or none at all. I feel like some of the characters lacked development and I would have loved to see Silva’s character grow, but my opinion of her didn’t really change. Overall though I enjoyed reading ‘8 Pieces Of Silva’ and would recommend it to anyone who likes engaging mysteries!

Will Yr9

19th November 2021 at 7:38 pm

I really enjoyed reading Eight Pieces of Silva because it told a really good story about the two sisters. I also loved how there were two perspectives which told very different reasons and opinions about Silva leaving. I incredibly loved the LGBTQIA+ inclusion.
I give it a 4and a half /5

Georgia, Year 9

18th November 2021 at 4:42 pm

I really liked reading ‘Eight Pieces of Silva’. It was engaging and kept me guessing all the way through. I could never quite get where the story was going to go next before it grabbed me by the arm and pulled me into a new idea. I think it was good that it included LGBTQIA+ representation, because we don’t often see that in a book, and it was portrayed as normal, which is even better.

As well as having a gripping mystery, it portrays the struggle of a teenage girl throughout life in the city. I would definitely recommend this book to other teenagers, about 12-14 and mainly females. I wish I could erase this all out of my memory and start again, so I could read this book for the first time once more!

Heng Man, Year 9

18th November 2021 at 4:41 pm

‘Eight Pieces of Silva’ is a mystery Y/A novel. There are two perspectives: one side is about Silva’s personal feelings and apologetic letters to her sister, Becks, who is trying to find her after she disappears. She did not want to call Becks’ mum and Silva’s dad while they were on their honeymoon in Japan. Becks decided to look through Silva’s room to find clues as to where she could have gone. One clue leads to another confusing mystery. Becks also tries to connect with her father that she hasn’t seen. Becks finds multiple people related to Silva’s disappearance and finds out the secrets her sister has kept from her. This also includes a falling out with her best friend. Throughout this bit of the story, I have been trying to come up with different theories as to why Silva didn’t go home, and my theories were entirely proven wrong. I also discovered the loss of Silva’s mother has had a great impact on her and made it difficult for her to adapt to her family. I loved reading ‘Eight Pieces of Silva’, especially the mess Becks found herself in and the drama of Silva’s life. Becks and Silva bond over the same interest in k-drama and K-pop.

Chong Man, Year 9

18th November 2021 at 4:41 pm

I thought this book was very interesting, there were characters who have very different backgrounds and lots of diversity. It includes sexual orientation which most books don’t mention, which was one of the reasons why I thought this book was more unique. This book showed how easily betrayal could happen and how lies can seem so real. Another reason why I liked this book was that there was a point of view of Silva before she went missing, which I thought was quite original. I would recommend this book because it shows reality of teenagers and what they are going through.

Oenone, Year 8

18th November 2021 at 4:39 pm

‘8 pieces of Silva’ is a book that is based in London and has a realistic plot line. I think this book is written carefully, but is also a slow read, which makes it less suspenseful. Although this has a slow plot line I think it’s quite a good read and shows what it is like realistically if someone goes missing.

Mia, year 8

18th November 2021 at 4:38 pm

‘Eight pieces of Silva’ was a book that I really enjoyed because the story drew me in from the beginning and captured my imagination. This book is really instructive as well as fun to read because it covers topics that many other books doesn’t cover. I would definitely recommend this book to other people about 10-11+.

Erin, Year 9

18th November 2021 at 4:31 pm

I liked how it all tied up nicely at the end of the book, however I thought that it took a while to get started. As someone who likes very fast paced books I was kind of sceptical of it at the start but it grew on me and I ended up enjoying it a lot. The main character’s emotions were kept very realistic, the portrayals of sadness, grief, anger, confusion and different relationship dynamics meant that the book was very relatable in my opinion. It was also genuinely the first book I’ve ever read that had a main character who wasn’t straight! That was really interesting actually. I would probably recommend this to people who I know already like the genre.

Jessica, Year 9

18th November 2021 at 4:31 pm

I did enjoy ‘8 pieces of Silva’ as I found it gripping from the beginning. I found the twists and turns of the mystery quite thrilling and wanted to keep reading. I really liked the LGBTQ+ aspect of the book and I really liked the character of China. And I thought that all the characters were very realistic, which I like, because it brought the book to life. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a thrilling mystery with lots of plot twists. Overall I thought it was quite a good read.

Josh, year 9

18th November 2021 at 4:30 pm

Spoiler Ahead – read on with care!

I think that it is a really good book mostly however I think that it could have been made better by a better mystery plot as it wasn’t really key to the story. I think the author should have made it into a more romantic book, not including Silva as her story line was a bit strange as she fell in love with a boy that she had only seen once and turned out to be a horrible person.

All in all I do rate this as a good book but compared to Tsunami Girl it’s nowhere close.

Dan, Year 8

18th November 2021 at 4:30 pm

‘8 pieces of Silva’ is about a girl called Becks and after her step-sister goes missing, she teams up with her friend, Raych and her crush, China to go and look for her. This book isn’t very good but I liked the way that the author changed the viewpoints of the narrative, including Silva a little bit. I also liked how the author used a black gay girl as the main character because it is very rarely done these days. On the other hand, it was a hard book to understand and follow, and I didn’t really enjoy this book.

Ilaria Year 9

16th November 2021 at 5:13 pm

I was excited to read this book, but I found it was disappointing because the author wrote in the style of the main character. I thought the storyline was confusing to follow and I often had to re-read the page. This book did not reach my expectations.

Mia, year 8

10th November 2021 at 7:56 pm

I thought that it was an intriguing book. I found it good because it enticed you as you always wanted to solve it. I would recommend this book to others who like mystery books.

Imogen, year 8

10th November 2021 at 7:42 pm

This is an amazing book set in London with a great plot. I love how the book expresses how much someone can love someone else and what lengths that person would go to, to get someone to love them that much in return . Overall I think that this book is an amazing read and I would highly recommend this book if you are someone who is a sucker for a good scavenger hunt.

Grace, year 9

10th November 2021 at 7:12 pm

This was a very exciting book and it kept you on edge all the time. I enjoyed the start of the book, but I wasn’t really a fan of the ending. I felt that what happened to Silva could have been a lot more adventurous than just going off to look for her so-called “soulmate”. But the build up to finding Silva was good to read and I couldn’t put it down. I would still recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading excitement and huge build ups.

Emilia year 9

10th November 2021 at 7:11 pm

My review on “Eight pieces of Silva” is that I definitely recommend it as you don’t know what will happen next! It all started when the main character Becks’ mum and new step dad go on their honeymoon. Silva, Becks’ older sister, is supposed to be looking after her, after she dropped her mum and stepdad off at the airport and said goodbye… but she never returned home! Becks at first was angry but soon got worried. She didn’t want to concern her parents as they are having an amazing time in Japan, so instead she wanted to take it into her own hands. She started looking in her sister’s mysterious forbidden room, where she finds eight pieces of evidence which she uses to find her sister…

It’s a book that you can’t put down, you want to know what’s happening all the time. I recommend it to all ages.

Anna, year 9

10th November 2021 at 7:11 pm

This book is about two step siblings whose parents are away on holiday. When Silva goes missing Becks goes into her room to find clues to where she is. I found the book slow paced to start with as there wasn’t a lot of action, but when Becks started to go and find out about her sister the book became fast-paced and packed with action. Overall I liked the book and would recommend it to anyone who likes an exciting read but doesn’t mind a slow start.

Emma, year 9

10th November 2021 at 7:10 pm

This was a decent book. I wasn’t too keen on the style of the book and how they always say ‘don’t’ also I wasn’t too keen on the way it was written, the story line was just ok. I wouldn’t read this book again but I would recommend this book to people who like unique books that are written in the style of how people talk.

Tilda, year 9

10th November 2021 at 7:10 pm

I thought this book was very gripping and I enjoyed it a lot. I liked how Becks didn’t stop trying to find Silva and could put their differences aside. This made Becks learn more about Silva and helped her to get to know her true personality. I liked also how there are eight different clues, and they help find out so much to connect the dots of where Silva is. The way it’s planned out and has little plot twists made me want to keep reading, to me it was a very well written book.

Emily, Year 9

10th November 2021 at 5:00 pm

What to say about ‘Eight Pieces of Silva’? In my opinion I was drawn in by the blurb, I love a good mystery, but was a little disappointed because I struggled to connect with the characters and understand the plot until I was about halfway through the book. Now I’m not saying it is not a good book, it is, I just wasn’t expecting what I read. ‘Eight Pieces of Silva’ is worth the read, it’s interesting and I do like the fact Silva remind me of my older sibling and how their room is a no enter zone, until they’re not looking of course.

Henry – year 9

2nd November 2021 at 2:18 pm

In this book Becks’ older stepsister goes missing and she has to find her using only 8 clues whilst balancing her own life. I enjoyed this book as the way the author wrote the character of Logan was fascinating, she totally made him out as a ladies’ man who just loved love and she showed that by the number of girls he had dated and the stretches he would go to make them happy. The way the author created the character of Becks and China was amazing as she really captured how having someone loving nearby can help you overcome so many things. I also thought the way all the other side characters such as Logan’s brother and Logan’s wife all had important parts to play and weren’t just used then discarded: once they were in the story, they were in. In conclusion I enjoyed the book however, I was not able to relate to much of it and therefore enjoyed it less at the end.

Sam – Year 8

2nd November 2021 at 2:15 pm

Hate is a strong word, so let’s say I strongly disliked this book. I felt that the author tried to cram as many little things in as possible throughout the book. It felt more like a chore to read this book. It would use every part of my brain to attempt to understand what is going on and I’m still clueless to what exactly happened. I strongly disliked this book and I barely have any positives. The only one I can think of is how the author had a really positive and strong black gay girl as her main character since there are so few in most books.

Imogen, year 8

14th October 2021 at 5:44 pm

This was one of my favourite books that I have read this year so far! Becks’ mum and step dad go on a honeymoon to Japan and Becks and Silva are left alone, that is when Silva (Becks’ older sister) disappears. Becks gets worried. She decides to go into Silva’s forbidden room. In there she finds eight pieces of evidence which will help her to discover her sister’s confidential life…

This is a brilliant read for a teenager as it covers a wide range of topics e.g. friendship, being a lesbian girl, K pop, the danger of toxic relationships and many more.

Why would recommend this book?

I would recommend this book because it includes people of different sexual orientations and educates the reader about the danger and hazard of toxic relationships. It covers topics that most books don’t.

Who would I recommend this book to?

Anyone really (well of course it depends on the level of books that you are reading,) but personally I would say 10+.

What was my favourite part in the book?

My favourite part was when Becks found the first clue! I can definitely relate to the fact that she was snooping around in her sister’s room!

What would I improve on in this book?

Not a lot really but I would like to see a sequel!

Emily, Year 9

7th October 2021 at 5:37 pm

This is such a good book! It is a real feel good mystery, and I raced through it in one evening. It is all about the struggles of dealing with loss and I love the alternating opinions, as most chapters are written by the main character, Becks, with small extracts from Silva, her missing older sister throughout the book.

Elle Year 9

5th October 2021 at 5:43 pm

I really wanted to like this book as the blurb looked so good, but I was a bit disappointed as I didn’t connect with the characters or plot.

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