Julie Reece Deaver's classic novel of loss and gradual acceptance has touched the hearts of ordinary readers for more than twenty years.
Morgan and Jimmy have been best friends forever, and know each other inside out. They do everything together—they even argue well. But after a terrible accident, Morgan suddenly has to face life alone. Without Jimmy around, though, it’s like the best part of her has died. How could he do this to her?
This moving novel has been used in grief counseling teen in counseling centers around the country, and it remains as fresh and poignant as when it was first published.
Tragedy strikes early in Deaver's first book, and so the mood necessarily must be one of sorrow and confusion. But the impression that lingers with readers is closer to unbridled joy. The happiness friends inspire in one anotherin this case Morgan and Jimmyis convincingly conveyed and absolutely infectious. When Jimmy is killed by a drunk driver, Morgan must find her way, left with only half a friendship. The mourning process overwhelms and mystifies her, because there isn't a single habit, gesture or hobby of hers that doesn't remind her, somehow, of Jimmy. And so she is forced to either turn away from all things she holds most dear, or to learn to love them again, despite Jimmy's absence. One minor misstep: among all the wonderfully believable characters is an aunt, whose precise, uncanny judgments as a psychiatrist seem to reduce Julie's sadness to a simple textbook analysis. Julie herself proves that she is not a bundle of sumptoms, but a human being dealt a terrible loss, trying to get back on course. A Charlotte Zolotow Book. Ages 12-up.
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Forever my all time favorite
Like most of the readers... this was the first book to bring out so many different emotions. Love, love, love this book! It's about a irreplaceable friendship, a forever kind of love, and the deepest heartache you could ever experience so young. Read this many many a years ago when I was in 7th grade. I've read it over & over & over again... it is my forever all time favorite!
Read this in 7th grade! I'm 27 now!
This is probably one of my all time favorites! It's the first book that made me feel something... Happy, sad and I actually cried! I remember recommending this book when I was younger! :)
I'm pretty sure this is my favorite book of all time. I have read it more than once, which says a LOT, because I usually cannot re-read novels even if I try. After I know the story...that's that. I was no more than 10 or 11 yrs old when I bought my first copy of this book. I know because I got it from a school "book fair". I remember picking it up because the title had part of my name in it. Thankfully, I purchased. Say Goodnight, Gracie is about friendship. A boy and girl. It's about their love for one another. They argue. They share interests. They laugh. They skip school together. I love it because it reminds me of my best male friend. My cousin. I find myself laughing out loud to this book. And grieving. And feeling a range of emotions. If you are a young-adult I suggest reading this. I am 28 years old now and I still pick it up every 3-4 years and re-read. :)