I went to the library today. HOORAY! It was a cool respite from the oppressive heat in Illinois today. I had placed a book on hold and was hoping it was still on the reserve shelf, but it wasn't. I raced back to the juvenile section and checked the shelf.
I checked the computer. "Being held for someone" was the status.
Back to the reserve department to interrupt the lady at the desk.
"I was 10 minutes from putting this book back into circulation. It's your lucky day!"
(Really, I have transportation and a library card - it's always my lucky day!)
The book I was lucky to get is See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles.
How do I describe this story? It's realistic fiction, at it's best. You believe that the characters could be the family that lives next door. The emotions are raw, the experiences believable. The dialogue carries you quickly through the book.
I didn't want to rush through this book, but I had to finish it today. I couldn't find a good stopping point. I had to keep reading. I tried to choose my favorite character (Ran? Fern? Holden?), but I couldn't. I understood and could relate to them all.
It's hard to describe what the story is about without giving away too much, but Holden is dealing with starting high school and fitting in, Fern is stuck watching her little brother on top of middle school woes. Their family runs a restaurant and deals with stress on a daily basis. You'll feel like you're part of the family as you read.
Don't miss this book!