See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles

b2 (44)How did I get the book?  I bought it.

Genre: Contemporary

Synopsis: 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.

200words (or less) review: See You at Harry’s is told by Fern, the second youngest child in the household. Her family runs a restaurant called Harry’s which takes up most of her parent’s time. More often than not Fern is left looking after Charlie the youngest.

What I enjoyed most about this book is how real the characters feel. Fern’s parents care, but with her father so focused on making Harry’s a success and her mother managing everything around this that Fern and her older brother Holden don’t get the attention they should.

Jo Knowles pulls you into this chaotic family life and their problems. Fern’s narration is convincing taking the reader and an emotional journey from start to finish. I really thought I know where this book was heading but then everything changed. As a story dealing with this subject I think the author handled the emotional fallout well.  I can’t really say anymore without spoiling it.

I picked See You at Harry’s up on a whim – so very glad I did.

Recommend it?


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