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.
Twelve-year-old Fern's family members are so consumed with their own lives that Fern often feels overlooked. She has a lot on her plate, dealing with her annoying three-year-old brother, Charlie, and tart-tongued sister, Sara, as well as being publically embarrassed by her father's overzealous marketing for their family restaurant, Harry's. Additionally, Fern's mother often disappears to meditate, while older brother Holden who is being bullied at school and is struggling over whether to come out as gay pushes Fern away. Things become nearly unbearable when Fern blames herself for a tragic accident that rocks the family to its core. Luckily, Fern's closest friend, the perpetually serene Ran, and, indeed, her family help her find a glimmer of hope amid powerful grief. Through the eyes of Fern, Knowles (Lessons from a Dead Girl) introduces a cast of distinct, fully developed characters who exhibit authentic emotions, foibles, and expressions of love. Readers will feel deeply for the family in the aftermath of the plot's heart-wrenching turn, which pulls them closer together. Ages 12 up.
So good words cant explain
I found this book at my school library, and i knew i was gonna check it out after reading just the first sentence. I read the book in about 3 days i think. I literally could not put it down. Holden is defiantly my favorite character. A lot of tears were shed during this book between the troubles (and happiness) Holden faces, and sweet little Charlie *no spoilers*. Was such a good, meaningful, sad book. I dont even kno what to say besides thumbs up you must read this book. 5 stars absolutly
Love it but sad
I loved this book but the ending is sad.😭😭😭
Love it😍 don't give bad ratings just because it's sad
1. It's supposed to be sad so stop giving bad rates when it makes you cry, you should bump up the rate
2. I love it💙 it's so touching and it made me sob uncontrollably💙😭I totally recommend it but it does include some sensitive topics about death and grief(just a warning💙) i would read this over and over if i had the time💙💙💙💙💙💙