See You at Harry's
Title: See You at Harry's
Author: Jo Knowles
Truth be told, I started crying about halfway through this book and didn’t stop until it I was done with it. I usually don’t go for tear-jerkers, but the main character, Fern, was relatable and the writing was fast-paced. The story revolves around a family in the restaurant business, and also the relationships between four siblings. I felt like I was a member of the family too, and couldn’t stop turning the pages. Highly recommend, with a box of Kleenex.
-Liz at KDL’s Plainfield Township branch
Starting middle school brings all the usual challenges – until the unthinkable happens, and Fern and her family must find a way to heal.
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.