Review: See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles

Review: See You at Harry’s by Jo KnowlesTitle: See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles
Published by Candlewick Press on May 8th 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic, Young Adult
Pages: 310
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Link to Goodreads

Starting middle school brings all the usual challenges — until the unthinkable happens, and Fern and her family must find a way to heal.Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. It seems as though everyone in her family has better things to do than pay attention to her: Mom (when she’s not meditating) helps Dad run the family restaurant; Sarah is taking a gap year after high school; and Holden pretends that Mom and Dad and everyone else doesn’t know he’s gay, even as he fends off bullies at school. Then there’s Charlie: three years old, a "surprise" baby, the center of everyone’s world. He’s devoted to Fern, but he’s annoying, too, always getting his way, always dirty, always commanding attention. If it wasn’t for Ran, Fern’s calm and positive best friend, there’d be nowhere to turn. Ran’s mantra, "All will be well," is soothing in a way that nothing else seems to be. And when Ran says it, Fern can almost believe it’s true. But then tragedy strikes- and Fern feels not only more alone than ever, but also responsible for the accident that has wrenched her family apart. All will not be well. Or at least all will never be the same.

See You at Harry’s was a really heartbreaking book. I mean, I pretty much teared up or cried through the last half of the book. This book deals with quite a few different aspects that Fern and her family have to deal with. Fern has two brothers and one sister. Her brothers are Holden and Charlie and her sister is Sara. Fern’s parents own a diner/ice cream shop that her father is trying to market more and has the family doing commercials and have their faces on products. For kids that have to deal with other children at school, that is a huge deal and I could see where they were coming from as well as where the father was coming from in wanting to o the marketing.

Fern is twelve years old in this book so she finds a lot of things annoying and embarrassing such as Charlie her three year old brother who is pretty attached to her. He is always wanting her attention, telling her he loves her and just wanting to be around her. It’s kind of cute but also I’m not a twelve year old. Holden is the older brother that has his own set of problems. I don’t want to say because it will give some of the story away but it is something that quite a few people have to go through and worry about with their families.

When tragedy strikes the family it really strikes hard and fast. It’s horrible. It was out of left field for me because I thought something else was going to happen and when it didn’t and this event did I was blindsided. As I said earlier in the review I did cry quite a bit. The writing was fast paced and I didn’t feel like the story dragged at all. It was well done. Even though it was a heartbreaking story it was a wonderful read.

Book to Movie: The Duff


When I first heard that The Duff was being made into a movie I can’t say that I was thrilled. I did not care for the book The Duff at all. So, why would I like the movie, right? I had heard from other people that the movie didn’t follow the book so I thought perhaps it had a chance to be one of those teen movies that makes out to be good. Kind of like Clueless, Never Been Kissed, Breakfast Club…and so on.

I was so wrong and I can’t say that I’m surprised by this at all. The movie didn’t touch on the deeper issues that Wes had which I think lightened it up a lot more than the book. The only thing they showed was his parents argued. Wow. The people were typical of high school stereotypes. Everything was just so…forced. Not to mention that Robbie Amell can not pull off being 17 at all.

I loved Mae Whitman in Parenthood as well as The Perks of Being a Wallflower but this movie just wasted her talent to me.

This was just a fluffy teen romcom that I’m afraid to say that maybe I was just too old for. The music was absolutely horrible as well. Not one song was good.

If I rated movies out of 5…this would be a 1.

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