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To learn more about Jo, visit www.joknowles.com or follow her blog on LiveJournal at http://livejournal.jbknowles.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Fern is a very realistically written 12-year-old, with the common insecurities that many kids feel at that age. Older siblings create havoc that gets them notices; younger siblings get all the love and attention. New schools, new people, changing friends. It's easy to feel invisible. I thought Fern gave readers a very realistic look at the emotions that you deal with at that age--you do a lot of growing up right around the time in life.
The tragedy that rocks Fern's family--I didn't see that coming at all! I mean, obviously you knew that something was going to happen, but the tragic event really creeps up on you. It is the kind of event that is accompanied by painful emotions and tears (well, if you're like me, then there are probably at least a new tears). The character development and family dynamics shift in unexpected ways as a result and it added a whole extra layer to the story.
See You At Harry's tackles the topic of dealing with tragedy quite masterfully. While this isn't the sort of book that every 10-12 year old will thoroughly enjoy, I think that there are probably a decent number of middle grade age kids dealing with these types of emotions and this book would be a perfect companion.
Fern's two older siblings, Sara (named after A LITTLE PRINCESS) and Holden (named after THE CATCHER IN THE RYE), have their own dilemmas. Sara, who's taking a gap year while she figures out where (or whether) she wants to attend college, just wants privacy from her well-meaning parents, but that's hard to find when she works at the family restaurant. Holden is mercilessly tormented by the bullies on the school bus, and despite Fern's reassurances, he's terrified of coming out as gay to their parents.
And then there's Charlie, named after CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. Fern loves three-year-old Charlie (of course she does), but she also finds him draining. He clearly adores her and likes to show her by pulling her ears and calling her "Ferny." Fern never asked for a baby brother when she was nine, and now that she's almost a teenager, the last thing she wants is to feel like she has to take care of him all the time.
Fern's family is a lot like most families --- they take each other for granted a lot of the time. But when tragedy strikes in the sharpest and most unexpected way, they must redefine and reestablish relationships with each other, even as they all figure out how to move forward both individually and together.Read more ›
I haven't read any of Jo Knowles other books although I do have a copy of Pearl sitting on my TBR which definitely has moved its way up my list to be read, because I found her writing to be truly breathtaking. She wrote pain and utter heartbreak in such a geniune way. The characters were all so unique and I loved that all of the kids had literary-related names!! Something every booknerd can appreciate.
I voted for this book in the goodreads book awards for 2012 and although it didn't make it into the final round I still think It's a book that anyone of any age will love. It's heartfelt and heartbreaking and truly showcases Jo Knowles as a superstar of a writer. This might have been my first read of Knowles, but it definitely will not be my last.
See You at Harry's is the story of Fern and her family. Her dad has become a slight workaholic, but he means well. Her mom is wonderful, but slightly stressed and distracted. Her sister, Sara, is lonely, because all of her friends have gone off to college and she opted to take the year off. Holden (<3) is discovering himself and trying to come to terms with his sexuality. And three years earlier their parents announced a "surprise" baby, Charlie. He's the typical little brother who loves his sister. She finds him annoying, but what big sister doesn't? (Plus each of the kids is named after a book character - how can you not love that?!?!)
Knowles has managed to capture and develop each character so amazingly. Sure, See You at Harry's is focused on Fern, but there is just so much happening to everyone. I fell in love with this family, their friends, and their coworkers.
Twelve is one of those ages where everything is so major, from having to star in a commercial with her family to a tragedy that strikes midway though. (Tissues!!!) I have to admit, at the midway point I didn't know if I could finish the book. I got on Twitter and vented a bit. Then I tried to go back to sleep, but it kept haunting me. So, up I went and back to the pages. Due to the happenings, everything from that point on is kind of bittersweet. It's the type of book that if it had a "happily ever after" ending it would take away from the power of the book.
I have to admit, I typically don't read middle grade.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book for teens and up. Fell in love with all the characters. Couldn't put it down.
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Jo Knowles' book, See You at Harry's, was very well written and engrossing. The conversations between the characters are natural, and the descriptions give you a real sense of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by WM
This is a phenomenal book and it's heartbreaking and so happy at the same time. I would definitely recommend that you read this book.Published 4 months ago by Shun
This book is a well-written book. I loved it, but there is one very depressing action that changes almost everything! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alia Attar
Did not like this book at all. The content was depressing. The main story line is about the brother who comes out of the closet to embrace his sexual orientation. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ben
The story is about a girl named Fern who's family owns a ice cream shop called Harry's. One day at Harry's Charlie wanted to play with Fern but Fern was doing homework. Read morePublished 6 months ago by SD
This was a great book! I couldn't put it down and read it over the weekend. I laughed and I cried.Published 6 months ago by Trisha Jahnke
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