In the months since her big brother killed himself, Jess has stopped talking. Her parents are angry, her teachers are worried and her best friend Lexi is looking around for a new best friend. And then there’s the business with fit, pushy Tris.
Jess needs to find her voice and start to make her life feel better again, but where does she begin?Recommended by Cruse Bereavement Care, which is
This book is recommended by Cruse Bereavement Care, the leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, which offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults. If you have lost someone, check out Hope Again , Cruse’s youth website, which is a safe place where young people who are facing grief can share their stories with others.
I read it in one sitting and wished it was longer… With a compelling authentic tone and some more adult themes, this novel will have memorable impact on any reader.
I read this book in one sitting. I was engrossed in it and the emotions it raised have stayed with me long after I finished. In our interview with Jenny Alexander earlier in the year, we learnt it was a very personal book. It was initially released to coincide with World Suicide Prevention day with the aim of writing about suicide and depression to a young adult audience. In my opinion, this is a book that moves across age constraints and would speak to adults too.
I could relate to the situation since my older sister and I are around Seb’s and Jess’ ages and it made me see how lucky I am to have her in my life. Losing a sibling must be terrifying, and moving on one of the hardest things to do… If I had to summarise this book with just one word, it would be beautiful…
Usually I don’t really like reading, however, a friend recommended this book to me and I LOVE it! It is so easy to connect to the characters within the novel. I couldn’t put it down and finished it the night I started reading it!
Reader review in Waterstones
Marta had some great questions for me over on Marta’s Bookshelf
And you can read more about why I wrote the book in this interview on The Book Eaters
I talk about the emotional process of writing the book on Wild Words
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