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See You at Harry s is a Kindle Such an emotional story Starting middle school brings all the usual challenges until the unthinkable happens and Fern and her family must fin

See You at Harry's is a Kindle Such an emotional story! . 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 sStarting 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 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.. Good Books See You at Harry's 3.5 stars.Too often, stories centering on characters that have lost a loved one—so death, loss and grief—do not introduce the departed in a way that familiarises us with the latter. In those cases, it’s hard for me to care about the dead characters.But SEE YOU AT HARRY’S is especially emotional and impactful because we do spend quite some time with the character whose fate is a tragic one. It’s easier for the reader to understand emotional reactions to loss when they’ve met the deceased and got attached to them. Jo Knowles wrote a story both heartbreaking and hopeful. I have been lucky enough to not have lost anyone close to me, not anyone that I remember losing. But what Fern and her family feel is exactly what I’d imagine feeling if someone in my family had died. Everything is very realistically portrayed. This is a hopeful story because it doesn’t only describe the sorrowful reactions of the characters—it shows that life is possible after death. There is one especially moving scene in which Fern struggles with the idea of taking the love she has for the deceased and giving it away, as per the recommendation of the minister. It’s a book full of wisdom. It’s not a dark story, but it deals with heavy subjects, like death, grief, bullying and even depression, though not as much. There are plenty of beautiful and light scenes to balance the atmosphere. I’m incredibly happy I gave this book a chance. What powerful family dynamics! I have to complain about the manipulation, however. We are pushed to like a certain character who in the end matters no more. The heroine herself mentions she likes this character at different occasions and suddenly decides they aren't worthy anymore. Also, the heroine is twelve, so technically this is middle grade, but it has such a YA vibe. She should have been older. And the love interest was not necessary. Their romantic scenes were anticlimactic. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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    Hi I m the author of Still A Work In Progress, Read Between The Lines, Living With Jackie Chan, See You At Harry s, Pearl, Jumping Off Swings, and Lessons From A Dead Girl I m available for school, library and book club visits either in person or via skype For info, please visit joknowles Thanks

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  • 3.5 stars.Too often, stories centering on characters that have lost a loved one so death, loss and grief do not introduce the departed in a way that familiarises us with the latter In those cases, it s hard for me to care about the dead characters.But SEE YOU AT HARRY S is especially emotional and impactful because we do spend quite some time with the character whose fate is a tragic one It s easier for the reader to understand emotional reactions to loss when they ve met the deceased and got at [...]

  • Last night my husband had to confiscate our Kindle from me because I was crying uncontrollably, so wrecked by what had just happened in the book I was reading that I could barely even breathe, I was crying so hard.This morning, though, I took the Kindle back I started reading again, and ten minutes later, I was crying again But I didn t stop reading until the end of the book, because I couldn t.The book was Jo Knowles s See You at Harry s I got an e ARC through Netgalley , and honestly, if anyon [...]

  • A book like See You at Harry s reminds us of the absolute pleasure of becoming immersed in a terrific read Author Jo Knowles leads us to empathize with her characters, engages us in a narrative that pulls us through in ways that render true the clich I couldn t put it down, and then leaves us with the stark knowledge that tricky currents are churning in the lives of young people from their families, schools, friends, and really, contemporary culture.As much as I admire See You at Harry s, review [...]

  • At NCTE I knew that I would be compelled to tour the exhibit halls, if only to get an ARC of Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner Before hitting those exhibits, however, I was lucky enough to attend a session on critique groups for writing with Kate as one of the panelists I m met Kate a few times She was kind enough to Skype with my school for family reading night I ve run into her at conferences over the past two years and spoken with her on twitter several times At the end of the session I went u [...]

  • Reviewed at teachmentortexts 2012 Author interview teachmentortexts 2012 I have read a couple of books recently that were really hard to review Wonder, The Fault in our Stars, The One and Only Ivan because they are books that reach into your heart and settle there It is hard to write a review of a book that becomes so personal See you at Harry s is one of those books As I sit here trying to write a review, I don t know how to put all of my feelings into words I keep on trying to write , but the [...]

  • I picked up this one from middle grade genre randomly just because I wanted to read something not very intense So basically I had no idea that this book would hit me with such an emotional punch I cried so hard that my eyes got swollen I loved this book, I really loved it I loved the way it s been written Kudos to the writer Fern s family is quite imperfect, but I loved all of them The starting was amusing except the parts where Holden gets bullied Those parts made my angry I was mad at those br [...]

  • Appeal Characteristics family relationships, death, restaurant business, bullies, coming out gay relationships, schoolI cried like a baby at this book I love dysfunctional families For some reason, I hate reading adult literary works about dysfunctional families, but I love kids perspectives on them Fern s family is tough to beat I felt like this was Bridge to Terabithia for the next generation I don t want to write any spoilers because I want the magic to be there for anyone who wants to read i [...]

  • Don t read this book if you cry easily.Wounded people and a very human story.Everyone overcoming their grief for each other wow In fact, read it even if you do cry easily For the fans of Tell the Wolves I am home, this is a must This is how you write about real people.

  • A real life story about a busy family in the restaurant business The parents and two older kids, Sara and Holden, are in their own worlds, dealing with their own personal and sometimes complicated issues Fern, the third child, has just started middle school, and discovers that someone important to her is being bullied on the bus She spends her after school hours at HARRY S greeting customers, doing homework, and babysitting for her pesky 3 year old brother, Charlie Her best friend, Ran, keeps he [...]

  • This book contains WAAAAY too much bullies family owned business leading to overwhelmed, self absorbed, over worked, insensitive parents cancer coming out gay death of a child I wish this had been 2 or 3 books to cover this many topics The main character, Fern, is only 12 but acts much older for most of the book And I found it weird that all the children were named after a book character Just odd.Perfect review by Melanie H copied here Shelves children s literature, 5th grade, 6th grade, familie [...]

  • If you are a parent of small children, do not read this book.I love Jo Knowles I think she s a brilliant writer, and whenever she comes out with a new book, I don t even bother to check what it s about it s an instant Must Read for me That was the case with this book, too I was so excited for a new Jo Knowles book I dove in, and got immersed in her pitch perfect characters and middle grade voice There were all these lovely bits and elements, and I was looking forward to seeing where it was going [...]

  • Let me start by saying that yes, this is a great book But, on a personal level this was probably the hardest book I ve ever had to force myself through On the surface it looks like a fun, light hearted family drama that will wrap itself around coming to grips with the outing of one of the family s 4 kids Oh, how I was so wrong In reality the book is about one family s journey through coping with tragedy and unimaginable grief The incredible difficulty for me is my own reality of losing both my b [...]

  • I can t find the right words to describe this book My outlook on life has changed a little bit It showed me that life is unpredictable You never know when you ll have to say good bye to the world, or when someone else you love will have to You have to live life to the fullest, and learn to accept things even when it s not easy to No matter what happens, there are people who love you and that s all that matters This clear message just stood out to me throughout the whole entire story I think it s [...]

  • I hate it when I am reading a book and someone starts cutting a onion How can one hold up the waterworks when someone is cutting onions nearby This book is like that You are reading and all of a sudden the writer starts cutting onion on the pages Vivid characters, beautiful writing and a heart wrenching plot Such a emotional story

  • So many people told me to read this book, but I was worried that it would make me sad It did I cried buckets Jo Knowles writes the most honest families Heartbreaking and beautiful.

  • I don t think I ve ever cried while reading a book thanks Kylie I wasn t really expecting it to be so sad, and this author really knows how to bring out all the grief and emotions from every character even if it s not told in that characters point of view It s what critics would probably call heart wrenching It all starts with a 12 year old girl named Fern and between her brothers, sister, and the family restaurant she s always felt invisible and average A horrible accident occurs in her family [...]

  • What would you do if a tragic event wrenched your family apart and it was your fault Twelve year old Fern feels invisible Her father is too preoccupied with ideas of promoting the family business to worry about protecting his children s dignity When her mother isn t meditating in solitude, she busies herself with just about everything but paying Fern some attention Her sister, Sara, is taking a year off of high school while all of her friends move on to collage Her brother, Holden, desperately e [...]

  • As Rebecca Stead said, Heartbreaking, soul staining, and all around beautiful This book is definitely beautiful, and I have never called a book beautiful before The way Jo Knowles writes is incredible A few of the chapters were in such focus and detail I couldn t help but smile at the writing But This book was also heartbreaking I cried, kept crying, and couldn t stop crying When Fern didn t cry, I couldn t cry She was breaking down inside and so was I Then, Sarah kind of forced her to cry, let [...]

  • Fern s parents spend a lot of time at the family restaraunt their grandfather started, Harry s, and love to use their family in the commercials Sara is taking a gap year and not thrilled with the whole idea, although she does appreciate one of the busboys Three year old Charlie is a handful, but the light of everyone s lives Holden is struggling with bullies at school and his first romance with an older boy, Gray Fern is just trying to understand her friend Ran, to take care of Charlie, and to h [...]

  • All the while I read this, I kept wondering, What is wrong with me I pick up this book and, within pages, I m crying, no sobbing, again Loving Jo Knowles since my first NCTE Convention three years ago in Philly when I serendipitiously seated myself at her table for the Middle Level Mosaic, I knew I had to read her latest book, See You at Harry s From Jumping Off Swings to Pearl, Knowles always takes her readers down a path that they don t see coming After finishing the last page of See You at Ha [...]

  • There s no fancy elements to this book It is what it is, there s no melodrama there s no exaggeration I cried heaps man, view spoiler I have a little sister and everytime Charlie came up it was just waterfalls hide spoiler I think the process of grief within an individual and also a family was incredibly well done and I enjoyed Holden s story as well It also introduced me to a really beautiful poem, Epitaph by Malloy, the line When there is nothing left of me but love, give me away is literally [...]

  • This book was lovely I read it in one sitting on Mother s Day And that was a mistake Now I m covered in my own snot and my husband took the kids to the park so I could have some kid free time to read and zone out and all I want is for them to come back so I can squeeze the crap out of my babies Read this book without reservation if you do not have kids read this book with some bourbon and or a tranquilizer if you do have kids And if you re a teenager hello, actual intended audience you love read [...]

  • As this is a May 2012 release we will have to say about SEE YOU AT HARRY S as it s release date draws near For those of you who have loved Jo Knowles s past titles, just know this e keeps getting better and better Jo Knowles is the kind of young adult author that you want good things to happen know There is a real gift in Harry s and in May, readers will get to open it for themselves This one of the early can t miss books for 2012.

  • A heart wrenching story of family love and healing, filled with beautiful language, vivid and loveable characters, and precious moments of uplifting humor I admit that this book had me sobbing the real deal and I usually hate books that make me cry, but this was such a moving and ultimately uplifting book that it made all the tears each and every one worth it.

  • I read this for a group read for The Top 100 Children s Books on It is written for Grade 7 Up It is a family story of what looks to me like a fairly typical family These could be any of us living our everyday lives So there is happy in the book, but sad also comes in and hits pretty hard I don t want to give away any spoilers, but this book tackles some pretty heavy topics However, as it is narrated by a seventh grade girl, it is told in a very real way It is well written and easy to read I woul [...]

  • See you at Hawee s is Charlie Wallace s new catch phrase for the family s restaurant It is only fitting that Charlie s line become iconic for the restaurant as he is the center of attention in the Wallace family Just 3 years old, Charlie was a surprise baby, with an overlooked older sister, Fern, a unique older brother, Holden, and Sara, who is taking some time off of school When an unexpected tragedy shakes the Wallace family, will they ever be able to have good and happy days ahead SPOILERS AH [...]

  • This is a story about a twelve year old girl going through a family crises Once her brother dies she feels hopeless Her life was never the same, her mom did not spend time with her at all In addition her brother is gay and he is going through a lot of troubles All of this is happening to her at one time Will she find a way to make her family together again.

  • RECENZIA NA BLOGUKniha sa to okolo es lennej rodiny najstar ia Sara mysl len na randenie, trn s ro n Holden je gay, dvan s ro n Fern ka d prehliada a trojro n Charlie je mil ik cel ho mesta Otec rodiny sa rozhodne znovuotvori rodinn cukr re U Harryho a rodina nahr telev znu reklamu, na konci ktorej mal Charlie nad ene zakri See you at Hawees Pr beh rozpr va Fern, ktor sa pr vom c ti v rodine prehliadan v dvan stich je e te pr li mal na to, aby jej n zor brali do vahy, a dos star na to, aby u neb [...]

  • here is a lot of emotion packed into this tight little book The general plot reminded me a bit of Sara Ellis sublime novel The Baby Project known as The Family Project in the US , though See You At Harry s is for a slightly older audience I appreciated the way Holden s family deals with his homosexuality, which is accepting overall, but with some reservations This felt very realistic None of the characters are perfect or 100% likable all the time, but I thought this was a smart and accurate port [...]

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