In See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles, Fern has a lot on her plate. She is starting middle school. She has a younger brother, who is only a toddler and annoys her to no end. Her older brother is gay but no one in the family wants to talk about it. Her dad is embarrassing her by forcing her to be in a cheesy ad for the family restaurant. She is being bullied on the school bus because of her brother. All of this falls by the way side when a horrible tragedy befalls the family and Fern is left feeling guilty for not having done more to prevent it.
First of all, I have to say YA is not usually my genre of choice. I usually don’t enjoy reading YA because I enjoy reading about adults dealing with adult problems. I was extremely skeptical when this book was selected for an online book group I belong to as the August read. The moderator assured us skeptics that it would be a great read.
I am not even sure how to review this book because I am still suffering from a book hangover. The subject matter that is dealt with (sexuality, bullying, death) are treated with such respect by Knowles. It has been a long time since a book made me cry. I went through numerous Kleenex reading this.