Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Review: See You At Harry's by Jo Knowles

Title: See You At Harry's
Author: Jo Knowles
Author Info: Website|Blog|Twitter
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 1st August 2013

Tell Me About It
Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. It seems as though everyone in her family has better things to do than pay attention to her. Mum helps Dad run "Harry's," the family restaurant; Sarah is taking a gap year after high school, and Holden pretends that Mum and Dad and everyone else doesn't know he's gay, even as he fends off bullies at school. 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.
My Thoughts
I have had See You At Harry's on my radar since I first saw it on goodreads last year.  When I saw it had been picked up by a UK publisher and I had the chance to review it I jumped at the chance.  I quickly finished my current read and made a start on this book.  I went into this not knowing what to expect, only that it had an ice cream shop in it.  Before I get to the review I want to say how much I lvoe this cover.  The picture does not do it justice, the actually glass on the cover has a transparent texture over it like it is really a glass and not just a plain cover.

The following review is going to be unconventional as I don't want to spoil the book for you.  With not knowing what to expect I was absolutely heartbroken when something happened, like ugly snot crying, sobbing my heart out tears cry photo cry.gif, this book should come with a 'tissues needed' warning.

See You At Harry's follows Fern, the protagonist, and her family, her parents and siblings Holden, Sara, and Charlie as they go about their daily life, working at Harry's Ice Cream Parlour, going to school, and basically being your average family.  From the minute I met Fern I instantly liked her, she is sarcastic, spunky, yet wears her heart on her sleeve, especially in regards to her brother Holden.  Her family is hectic but fun, they are down to earth and dealing with real life issues.  One of their main concerns is making sure Harry's is popular and continues to thrive, her Dad's way of doing this is video promotions and family shoots wearing ridiculous neon t-shirts.

The author has a way of drawing you into this family's crazy life, giving you a birds eye view and making you feel settled and part of the family, then drags the rug out from under your feet and BAM, you find yourself an emotional wreck.  This is where my review begins to get vague.

See You At Harry's is a deceiving book, it lulls you into a false sense of security, then as soon as I hit near the halfway mark I cried... a lot, and not the nice crying, the sobbing, non-stop tears, big ugly crying cry photo cry.gif.  My heart was broken, I could not believe what had happened, I was in shock and disbelief, thinking that everything would be OK and it wasn't.  The feelings of grief and shock are easily portrayed by the characters and just as easily affected me.  I tried so hard not to cry, and when it began it didn't stop.  I then tried to hide it from my boyfriend who was sitting in the same room as me, and failed at that too.  Even now, a week after reading this book I can't believe what happened.

See You At Harry's is a fantastic book that I would recommend to others, along with a tissue recommendation too.

1 comment:

  1. I've never heard of this one but this will definitely go into my TBR. Thanks for the review (: !


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