Reviews by Tag: grief

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Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

By Jason Reynolds
4
Rated by
VP
Jun 21, 2022

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds follows a story about a 15-year-old boy, Will. When Will’s brother, Shawn, is shot, everything turns downhill. Will’s father also died, so all he has is his mother; who is devoured in grief after the death of his son. But Will has no time to grieve; he must stick to the rules:

Rule #1: NO CRYING

Rule #2: NO SNITCHING

Rule #3: TAKE REVENGE

Teen Review
The Canyon's Edge by Dusti Bowling

The Canyon's Edge

By Dusti Bowling
4
Rated by
Aadit G.
Jun 14, 2022

Rating: 4

My rating for this book is a 4 because the books plotline was great but this book didn't stand out that much and the plotline was confusing at some points throughout the book.

Summary:

This book is based around the character Nora. Her birthday is the day that her mom died in a public shooting. Exactly a year after her mom dying she and her dad head into a canyon in the Arizona desert. A flood happens which takes away her father. Nora then has to survive all by herself in the hot desert and has to find a way to save herself and her dad.

Teen Review
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove

By Fredrik Backman
5
Rated by
Chloe H.
May 31, 2022

Summary: A bitter, practical man called Ove lives in a small row house in Sweden. One day, his new neighbors move in and knock over his mailbox, irritating him. Over the next three weeks, Ove repeatedly tries to commit suicide so he can join his dead wife Sonja, but is always somehow interrupted or stopped.

Teen Review
Me (Moth) by Amber McBride

Me (Moth)

By Amber McBride
5
Rated by
Taylor E.
Dec 3, 2021

Me (Moth) is a coming of age story told in verse by Amber McBride. Moth lost her family in a tragic accident; she feels alone, scared to take up space. Enter Sani, a depressed boy looking for a place filled with constant love. The two take a road trip together, trying to outrun the feelings that weigh them down; maybe Sani can make Moth feel alive, and she can bring him happiness. I’m not usually a fan of poetry or stories told in verse, but McBride’s writing is absolutely brilliant.

Teen Review
The Canyon's Edge by Dusti Bowling

The Canyon's Edge

By Dusti Bowling
3
Rated by
Shreya A.
Dec 3, 2021

The Canyon’s Edge is a kind of boring and an emotional realistic fiction novel by Dusti Bowling. This book is about a girl named Elenor. Ever since the shooting that killed her mom, she and her dad have isolated themselves from the world. After a year Elenor and her dad go to a canyon where no one goes. Elenor’s dad feels a canyon flood and pushes Elenor to safety, but he gets carried away by it, now Elenor has to find and rescue her dad.

Teen Review
Frannie in Pieces by Delia Ephron

Frannie in Pieces

By Delia Ephron
2
Rated by
Marium K.
Nov 23, 2021

15-year-old Frannie is dealing with the death of her father when she discovers that he had made her a 1000-piece puzzle. Frannie is then suddenly transported back in the past to learn more about her father.

I personally did not like this book. It felt way longer than it should have been. This book did not flow very well and felt fragmented.  The plot seemed odd also, considering how she randomly traveled back to the past. I didn’t really like the characters either, they did not seem very redeeming. I would rate this book a 2/5.

Teen Review
Forget Me by K.A. Harrington

Forget Me

By K.A. Harrington
5
Rated by
Anonymous
Nov 22, 2021

This story is centered around Morgan, who is grieving the loss of her boyfriend, Flynn. Guilt overwhelms her everyday, as she believes she could have prevented his death. Despite this, her best friend Toni, encourages her to post a picture of him on social media to have some closure. That is until the photo is tagged with someone who looks exactly like her dead boyfriend. Who is this “Evan Murphy”?

Teen Review
Catch the Light by Kate Sweeney

Catch the Light

By Kate Sweeney
3
Rated by
Marium K.
Nov 18, 2021

When Mary’s father passes away, she decides to move from California to New York, in hopes of starting fresh. She is faced with balancing her old life, friends, and grief, all while forming romance. Is Mary able to face her past? Read more to find out!

Teen Review
The Line Tender by Kate Allen

The Line Tender

By Kate Allen
5
Rated by
Shreya A.
Nov 17, 2021

The Line Tender is a sad and heartwarming fiction novel by Kate Allen. This book is about a girl named Lucy, her best friend Fred who dies in a quarry at midnight. Ever since Fred died Lucy’s been a mess, she finishes an assignment in honor of Fred and she suddenly gets interested in her mother's work. She gets her dad, her neighbor, her family friend and her mom's former colleague to help her figure out things about her mom's beloved sharks.

Teen Review
Can't Look Away by Donna Cooner

Can't Look Away

By Donna Cooner
5
Rated by
Saathwika A.
Oct 21, 2021

Can’t Look Away, by Donna Cooner, is a realistic fiction book. Torrey Grey, an amazing beauty vloggers’ life changes, when her sister dies. After her sister dies, fans are blaming her for the death. Hate comments are bashing Torrey. Now, that she goes to a new school, can Torey trust the people? What if they know about her sister’s death?

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