Jo Knowles was one of the authors I met at a dinner gathering in November. Her book See You at Harry's is beautifully written. Ms. Knowles has developed characters who grab your heartstrings. Ms. Knowles has created a story that makes you laugh, cry, laugh, cry. Ms. Knowles has wrapped words around a plot that leaves you breathless. Ms. Knowles has written a story about bullying, family, tragedy, conflict... all real issues. Writing in first person, Ms. Knowles takes readers on an incredible journey.
"The truth feels like it's crushing me. Drowning me before I even get to my knees." This quote from the book is exactly how you'll feel when you sit down (tissues in hand) to read it. The truth of Ms. Knowles writing is strong, emotional, sincere. The truth of her ability to write an incredible story is without questions.
Ms. Knowles signed her book, "All will be well!' "All will be well" is Ran's mantra to Fern, his best friend. Fern is the main character, whose life is "invisible" to those around her... until an unexpected turn of events changes things forever. Reading See You at Harry's is like taking a personal journey; a journey through tragedy, a journey through survival. I'd describe it with one word--breathtaking!
I am slipping this one onto my daughter's "must-read" pile. As an 8th grader, I think it will be the perfect book for her to read. Powerful characters. Important issues. This is a wonderful book. It's a testament to the strength of love and family.
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I love this interview with Jo Knowles, click here.