For months, Tallie McGovern has been coping with the death of her older brother the only way she knows how: by smiling bravely and pretending she's okay. She's managed to fool her friends, her parents, and her teachers so far, yet she can't even say his name out loud: " N-" is as far as she can go. But when Tallie comes across a letter in the mail, it only takes two words to crack the careful facade she's built around herself:
Bookworm Review: I've been on this kick lately for really sad YA novels...and this one was definitely that. I had a Barnes and Noble gift card burning a whole in my pocket and this book was chosen at random from the shelves. I really like how the cover had a picture included in the words. So, hats off to the cover artist for pulling me in.
Anyways, this book had some great moments, some slow moments, and some ugly cry moments. Tallie is a girl that has a lot of guilt after her brother dies and she spirals down into this depression. She has two friends that try and help her out, but that still isn't enough to help her get out of crazytown. I don't think I knew how messed up Tallie was until the end of the book. A lot became clearer in the last 50 pages or so.
Some of my students read this book as well and they all loved it as much as I did. I would recommend this to more advanced middle school to high school students due to the content.