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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.
Though there might be enough family problems already, things get worse when she gets in the school bus: bullies. After seeing them mock her brother, Fern (the girl) decides to do something about it, and it naturally does not work out well.
The book seems to focus on the middle school life of the kids at first, but moves on to the family business (the ice cream shop named Harry's), friend relationship, but most importantly back to the main goal of the novel, love.
Caring, feeling, forgiving, sharing, and understanding. These all come together when fern's little brother dies of a blood clot in his brain, day after an accident that occurred due to the family's lack of interest in each other.
The point of the story changes rapidly from there, but that is where the "good" stories are. Family trying to keep together, looking after each other, and loving each other.
I think it was a nice twist in the book, and enjoyed all of it. Even though the story may be a sad, sad tale, keep reading and find out what happens in the end! You will not regret reading this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quick delivery. High quality paper, cover, print - and such an engrossing, touching book! I LOVED it!Published 1 month ago by Cathy Creany
This was a devastatingly sad and beautiful book. Jo Knowles does an amazing job of capturing voice and viewpoint of a 12-year-old working through some very difficult situations. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ann Wessberg
My daughter absolutely loved the book. She read it at every chance she could: short car rides to and from church, the stores, school, etc. It's a great book.Published 3 months ago by Kathy Gross
Completely heartbreaking but so well written. Never overwritten. The love of family sustains. Not surprised it's still in print and being read and loved.Published 4 months ago by Stephanie L Willing
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 9 months ago by WM
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