See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Date Published: May 2012
Genre: MG, Realistic Fiction
Themes: Family, siblings, friendship, grief, loss, bullying, LGBT relationships
See You At Harry's is a beautifully written Middle Grade novel that draws the reader in with the quirky characters of its dysfunctional-functional family. Twelve-year-old narrator Fern is all but invisible to her parents whose attentions are focused elsewhere. Much to the despair of his family, Fern's father is busy trying to devise a marketing scheme to bring in more business for Harry's, the family run restaurant and ice cream parlor. Her mother divides her attention between escaping into meditational bliss and fawning over Charlie, the three-year-old baby of the family. Her sister Sara is more of a mother to Fern but her attention is aimed at a busboy at Harry's and her brother Holden is focused on developing a relationship with his new, and older friend, Gray. Fern is able to count on the steady friendship of her two best friends who see her through the heart break and troubles Fern must face.
See You at Harry's is thought provoking and lovely. It makes you stop to reconsider your own family dynamics. Are we making family members feel invisible too? If so, resolve to change and know "all will be well."
Author Jo Knowles website http://www.joknowles.com/Home.html
Other Books by Jo Knowles
Lessons From A Dead Girl
Jumping Off Swings
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