Books, Fiction

See You At Harry’s by Jo Knowles Book Review

Love doesn’t die. No. Love never dies.”

Excerpt From
See You at Harry’s
Jo Knowles
Photo credit: Amazon
Synopsis from Goodreads

The story goes when a twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. Her dad is always busy planning on how to increase their sale, her mom is always going off to find her peace, her sister is always busy finding her ways to be independent, her brother is too focused on his relationship with his new found friend and then there’s her little brother, a three year old baby and the center of everyone’s attention. 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.

Every time I read a family-related book, I braced myself for tears. Because of this, I only read it when I feel like reading that kind of material. I was simply looking through my ebook collection when I discovered it. Actually, I had long before downloaded it but had neglected to read it; when I finally had the chance, I did so and finished it in three days. I had actually read the Goodreads reviews by mistake, which gave me a clue about the narrative.

I’ve read a number of books like this, so the plot is familiar to me. I already know who the main characters, Fern and Charlie, are, and who the antagonist is in this novel. The story is depressing because it deals with a subject that is truly terrible to everyone: losing a family member. The book was kind of intriguing. It’s simple to read. No lofty language. The character of Fern, particularly how she treats her younger brother Charlie, was the only element I found objectionable. Perhaps this is how teens are, but it is a little annoying. This story will make you understand how you could feel if you lose a family member and don’t get the chance to tell them how much you love and care about them. That you cannot undo anything you have done to them.

Actually, I am a cry baby, and I weep when I read emotional literature. However, my tears did not flow, and there were points when I wished I could skip some pages because I thought the author concentrated too much on other events that, in my opinion, could be avoided. Anyway, it’s a nice read in general. You will understand how one family dealt with loss and how they struggled as a result. You can feel the characters’ anguish and how much they suffered.

Those who want to read this novel should be prepared since the plot is really sad, and I believe some people cried as a result. Just be prepared to see who you’ll run into at Harry’s.😊

My Overall Rating

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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