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"This bittersweet book follows 16-year-old Lacey Mann, who feels responsible for the car accident that killed her father 10 months earlier. 'A hundred times a day, I thought about how different life would be if I hadn't insisted on taking those extra moments in the bathroom,' she thinks. Well-meaning Lacey wants to help her mother and brothers cope, but the family is disconnected in their grieving. What's more, her focus on her family has prevented her from dealing with her own emotions or forgiving herself. When a classmate's mother dies, Lacey is inspired to start a club for students whose parents have passed away. Harmel (When You Wish) wrote about such a group for People magazine, where she is a longtime contributor, which inspired this book. Her depictions of the forms grief takes are realistically wide-ranging, including self-blame, anger, and alcohol abuse. For Lacey, a relationship with a boy named Sam helps her confront her feelings and finally begin to move forward. Though the book is sometimes overly sentimental, its lessons about family, friendship, loss, and the enduring power of love should stick with readers. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Kristin Harmel is a longtime contributor to People magazine. It was while working on a People story that she got to meet Kate Atwood, who runs Kates Club, an organization for grieving kids in Atlanta, which inspired this novel. Kristin lives in Orlando, Florida. To learn more about Kristin, visit her at www.kristinharmel.com.

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Rachellasarouras, March 30, 2011 (view all comments by Rachellasarouras)
This is a great book about getting through the stuff that life throws at you. If you want to read a food book with a HAPPY ending for a change, read this!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385734769
Author:
Harmel, Kristin
Publisher:
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Children s-General
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.52x6.06x.86 in. .76 lbs.
Age Level:
from 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This bittersweet book follows 16-year-old Lacey Mann, who feels responsible for the car accident that killed her father 10 months earlier. 'A hundred times a day, I thought about how different life would be if I hadn't insisted on taking those extra moments in the bathroom,' she thinks. Well-meaning Lacey wants to help her mother and brothers cope, but the family is disconnected in their grieving. What's more, her focus on her family has prevented her from dealing with her own emotions or forgiving herself. When a classmate's mother dies, Lacey is inspired to start a club for students whose parents have passed away. Harmel (When You Wish) wrote about such a group for People magazine, where she is a longtime contributor, which inspired this book. Her depictions of the forms grief takes are realistically wide-ranging, including self-blame, anger, and alcohol abuse. For Lacey, a relationship with a boy named Sam helps her confront her feelings and finally begin to move forward. Though the book is sometimes overly sentimental, its lessons about family, friendship, loss, and the enduring power of love should stick with readers. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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