By: Atheneum Books for
I wasn’t sure what to make of this book, and to be honest, I nearly gave up on it early in the game. Matt loses his mother to cancer, and now it’s just him and his dad. It was a very typical teenage boy can’t cope with the loss story, but eventually it became more than a “boo-hoo” story. The characters, and the language; it was no longer a single story, but multiple stories, like six degrees of separation; everybody knows somebody who knows somebody.
Matt is a high school senior, months away from graduation and having a really hard time coping with the loss of his mom. His neighbor, Mr. Ray, also the local funeral home director offers Matt a job at the funeral. Matt realizes he finds comfort in witnessing the pain of those closest to the departed, the feeling like he is not alone in his struggle.
This story has a hint of romance, and a lot of personal reflection and self-healing. The sign that we are stronger than we think. It’s not super sappy either, no intense emotions, it is all observational.
I really like the way it is written. It’s not run-of-the-mill written in “proper English”, it is written the way people would converse. Because this story is narrated through the main character, Matt, you hear the slang, and see the world through his eyes, not as a fly on the wall.
I hope you enjoyed this book as much as I did 🙂