Friday, December 7, 2012

See You at Harry's

See You at Harry's
by Jo Knowles
Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. Her dad is always busy planning how to increase traffic to the family business. Her Mom is constantly going off to meditate. Her sister Sarah, who's taking a "gap year" after high school, is too busy finding ways not to work; and her brother Holden is too focused on his new "friend" to pay attention to her. And then there's Charlie: three years old, a "surprise" baby, and the center of everyone's world.

If it wasn't for Ran, Fern's best and oldest friend, there would be nowhere to turn. Ran is always calm, always positive. His 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.

But when their lives are unexpectedly turned upside down, Fern feels more alone than ever, and responsible for the event that wrenches the family apart. All will not be well. Or at least, all will never be the same. (description from

What a book! I have to warn you...the cover of this book is deceiving. When you pick it up, you might think this is a light read with a slight romance, or something fun for summer... you will get way more from this book than you were expecting!

This is a book that deals with a family.  A close knit family and their relationships.  A family dealing with children coming of age and a family dealing with the worst sort of grief.  While Fern is our narrator, and a great one at that, each family member is fleshed out and becomes a strong part of the story. Even Fern's extended family, her friends, seem like real kids that you could meet. 

This book felt so authentic that I found my heart breaking as I was reading.  I was sad, I was angry, I smiled, I laughed.  I felt like a part of the family almost.  It was completely gut-wrenching to deal with what Fern's family must face. 

I cannot help but give this book a huge GOLD STAR for being simply amazing.

I can't recommend this one enough. If you haven't read it yet, and you like realistic fiction, this would be a great one to pick up ASAP!!
Full disclosure: Borrowed from my Library 


  1. Jessica,
    Have you read her other books? They are all amazing (deep and intense but amazing realistic fiction!) ~Sara

  2. I've read "Jumping Off Swings" as well, which was very good. I'm hoping to read more soon!