Inky's Choice: See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles
Five million reasons to read See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles
... okay, okay - I've only put up five.
Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. It seems as though everyone in her family has better things to do than pay attention to her: Mom (when she’s not meditating) helps Dad run the family restaurant; Sarah is taking a gap year after high school; and Holden pretends that Mom and Dad and everyone else doesn’t know he’s gay, even as he fends off bullies at school. Then there’s Charlie: three years old, a "surprise" baby, the center of everyone’s world. He’s devoted to Fern, but he’s annoying, too, always getting his way, always dirty, always commanding attention. If it wasn’t for Ran, Fern’s calm and positive best friend, there’d be nowhere to turn. Ran’s 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 it’s true. But then tragedy strikes- and Fern feels not only more alone than ever, but also responsible for the accident that has wrenched her family apart. All will not be well. Or at least all will never be the same.
1. Fern's family owns an Ice Cream shop. There is much talk of sundaes, the king of all food!
2. Fern and Ran have a really cute friend/crush on each other that made me go 'awwwwwww'.
3. One of the characters is being bullied for his sexuality. Bullying is such a big issue and it was really great to see an author tackle the issue head on.
4. Fern has a younger brother named Charlie. He made me wish for a younger brother.
5. I blubbered through most of the book. It was so well written and so heartbreakingly real that I couldn't help myself.