Genre: Realistic Fiction
Audience Age: 12-16
Rating (1-5): 3
The story in no more than five sentences:
Middle school for Fern is off to a bad start. Her family owns a restaurant and her dad has created a commercial that features every member of the family shouting “See You At Harry’s!” Her older brother Holden, mercilessly teased at school for being gay, seems to be withdrawing from the family and towards his much older boyfriend. The one bright spot is that she is growing closer to her cute friend Rand and he has a way of making everything seem alright. When a tragic event occurs, the bonds within Fern’s family are tested to their utmost limits.
The best part about the book in 1 sentence:
The best part of this book is the realistic and open portrayal of Holden’s sexuality in High School.
The worst part of the book in 1 sentence:
The worst part of this book is the cover that does not capture the inner tension within the book.
1 interesting note about the author:
Jo Knowles’s parents actually owned a restaurant in New Hampshire where she grew up. Find out more at www.joknowles.com