See You at Harry's
Starting middle school brings all the usual challenges - until the unthinkable happens, and Fern and her family must find a way to heal.Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. Her dad is always busy planning how to increase traffic to the family business. Her Mom is constantly going off to... show more
Starting middle school brings all the usual challenges - until the unthinkable happens, and Fern and her family must find a way to heal.Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. Her dad is always busy planning how to increase traffic to the family business. Her Mom is constantly going off to meditate. Her sister Sarah, who's taking a "gap year" after high school, is too busy finding ways not to work; and her brother Holden is too focused on his new "friend" to pay attention to her. And then there's Charlie: three years old, a "surprise" baby, and the center of everyone's world. If it wasn't for Ran, Fern's best and oldest friend, there would be nowhere to turn. Ran is always calm, always positive. His mantra "All will be well" is soothing in a way that nothing else seems to be. And when Ran says it, Fern can almost believe. But when their lives are unexpectedly turned upside down, Fern feels more alone than ever, and responsible for the event that wrenches the family apart. All will not be well. Or at least, all will never be the same.
Publish date: May 8th 2012
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pages no: 310
Edition language: English
Started this book last night and finished the last 20 pages this morning. Yep, I cried. This book wasn't perfect. I had two issues with it. #1 - the ages of Fern & Charlie. I had a hard time with Fern being only 12. Charlie seemed a lot younger than 3. #2 - the word OK. I should have done a count...
A heart breaking story. A tear jerker for me. I was really caught in the emotional impact of this book but I was also given an abundance of laughs. The book is well written and the characters are very memorable. The book is not really about one thing; there are a lot of smaller plot points that each...
"Love doesn't die, people do. So, when all that's left of me is love, give me away."This is the first time I read a book written by Jo Knowles, and I am sure it won't be the last. I was impressed by how well-written this book was. It was heartbreaking reading about death of such a sweet little boy. ...
Appeal Characteristics: family relationships, death, restaurant business, bullies, coming out/gay relationships, school I cried like a baby at this book. I love dysfunctional families. For some reason, I hate reading adult literary works about dysfunctional families, but I love kids perspectives on ...
Total heartbreaker. But very good! Full review to come.