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See You at Harry's

Author:  Jo Knowles
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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.

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Mar 16,2014
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 BOOK REVIEW –WELCOME TO HARRY’S

I really enjoyed reading See You at Harry’s. The book is about a twelve-year-old girl named Fern who feels invisible. Her dad is always occupied with the family restaurant. Her mum is always going off and meditating and Charlie, her little brother, is the center of absolutely everything. If it weren’t for Ran, Fern’s calm and positive best friend, there’d be nowhere for her to turn.

What I really liked about the book:

I really liked how the characters aren’t just your everyday characters, you would find in every book. They all have that little bit extra added into them to fit there personalitys.

What I didn’t really like about the book:

ABOLUTLY NOTHING! I loved every second of the book.

To sum up this review I’m going to rate this book:

 

 

 

Jan 20,2014
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Just reading the title of this makes me sad...

See You at Harry's isn't a book I would have normally read. I definitely didn't expect to fall in love with it the way I did, and it without a doubt one of my favourite Inky books. It really affected me in ways that I was not expecting, and although it is targeted at a younger audience, it is a book that does a great job of breaking down the age barrier and appealing to a wide age range.

This is a sad book. And the thing is, without spoilering anything, right from the start, you know something terrible's going to happen, but (at least for me) it still feels like a total bolt from the blue. For the first part of the novel, I kept waiting for the promised tragedy to strike, got lulled into a false sense of security, was completely stunned when it did happen, then spent the rest of the book in tears.It's probably the saddest book I've ever read, but it's also quite beautiful, and not depressing.

This is a lovely book that I wholeheartedly recommend, despite how truly devasting (but also hopeful) it was.

 

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