See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles packs an emotional punch.
Fern loves her family, but sometimes she is also embarrassed by them --
pretty standard feelings for any twelve-year-old, really. She sometimes
feels resentful of her siblings, particularly her younger brother
Charlie, who came along as a "surprise" three years ago, and now seems
to soak up most of her parents' attention. Fern adores her
fourteen-year-old brother Holden, but Holden is going through his own
difficult times, and there are some things that Fern can't help with.
Oldest sister Sara is taking a year off between high school and college,
working at the family's diner and getting into some trouble of her own.
Is it any wonder that Fern feels invisible at times?
unthinkable happens, Fern and her family must each deal with grief,
guilt, and loss. Will tragedy pull Fern's family apart?
definitely a tearjerker of a book. I knew from the start that there
would be tragedy, but expected it to come from a different direction.
Knowles does a great job in this book of showing the emotions, not just
of Fern, but of all of the characters. For those of us who are thinking
about the upcoming awards season, this is certainly one to keep an eye
on. It's not my favorite of the year so far, but it's definitely a
(Reviewed from a copy borrowed through my library system.)