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Inky's Choice: See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles

Dec 07,2012
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Five million reasons to read See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles

... okay, okay - I've only put up five.

File 12467Twelve-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'.

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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.

Dec 10,2012
Interesting- definitely a book I can look into in more depth during the Summer holidays. I was mostly caught by the 1st reason- have an interesting family business and I'm drawn into the book like NOTHING else. Yep, curiuosity is one of the best ways to make you read books- curiosity, and a good cover.
Dec 08,2012
It sounds very sad... I'll save it for a time when I'm feeling morbid ^^
Dec 07,2012
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Wow, is there actually a 'five million reason list' for reading this book? :P I think that speaks for itself. Will look for it in the school library... when school starts.

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