Reviews by Tag: grief

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Amelia Unabridged

Amelia Unabridged

By Ashley Schumacher
5
Rated by
Abby S.
Jan 26, 2023

Summary: Amelia Griffin became best friends with Jenna Williams after her father left and her
family fell apart. They bonded over their love of books their favorite ones being a series called
the Orman Chronicles. They are very excited to be able to meet the author at a book festival the
summer before college. However, not everything goes as planned. While Amelia is in the
bathroom, Jenna gets to meet the author, N. E. Endsley, who is having a panic attack. Jenna is
able to calm him down but he leaves and Amelia never gets to meet him. When Amelia finds

Teen Review
How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox

How it Feels to Float

By Helena Fox
4
Rated by
Iqra N.
Jan 23, 2023

Elizabeth “Biz” Martin Grey seems to have everything in control. She has her mother,
she has the twins, Billie and Dart, she has Grace, and she has her father, who tells her stories
about her as a child. But, Biz knows that her father died when she was seven. Still, she seems to
have everything in perfect shape. That is, until she almost drowns in the ocean, and a new boy
named Jasper jumps in to save her. Biz is grateful, until she realizes that he ignores all the time

Teen Review
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Counting By 7’s

By Holly Goldberg Sloan
4
Rated by
Victoria O.
Jan 6, 2023

Counting By 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan is a realistic fiction book. Willow is incredibly smart
and counts by 7’s to calm and comfort herself. She struggles with making friends, but she has
her parents, which is all she needs to survive. One day, after going to a counseling session with
the school counselor, Dell, she discovers that both her parents have died in a terrible car
accident. After the accident, Willow feels lost and alone. But, slowly, she begins to make new

Teen Review
I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

I’m Glad My Mom Died

By Jennette McCurdy
4
Rated by
Mariam S.
Sep 3, 2022

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy is a memoir recounting the actress’s
childhood through her twenties, with a focus on her relationship with her mother. Though likely
surprising to her millions of fans, the iCarly and Sam & Cat star never wanted to act. With a
narcissistic mother who had dreamed of being a child star and plenty of money issues in the
family, Jennette was forced to fulfill both her mother’s dream as well as become the

Teen Review
How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox

How It Feels to Float

By Helena Fox
4
Rated by
Morgan S.
Jul 11, 2022

In Helena Fox’s debut title How It Feels to Float, we follow the protagonist Elizabeth, or Biz, as she goes through the struggles of grief, identity, and mental health after the traumatizing events she has gone through. Biz’s father died ten years ago, and then she recently kissed and got rejected by her best friend. Her mental health takes a downward spiral, and we watch as she attempts to recover from these obstacles.

Teen Review
There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones

There You'll Find Me

By Jenny B. Jones
5
Rated by
Anna S.
Jul 11, 2022

Finley Sinclar’s older brother, Will, was murdered recently. Finley is headed to Ireland just like Will, for a study abroad program. On the plane ride to the land of saints and scholars Finley happens to get seated right next to Beckett Rush, an actor who many girls Finley's age are obsessed with. Finley doesn’t care much for Beckett, until she meets up with him again in Ireland. Finley has to deal with jealous girls at school, the start of an eating disorder, and trying to find meaning in her relationship with God. Finley has a lot on her plate, will she be able to keep it together?

Teen Review
Message Not Found by Dante Medema

Message Not Found

By Dante Medema
5
Rated by
t.willow
Jul 2, 2022

A chat bot, created to keep Vanessa's memory alive. The secrets Bailey finds in the depths of chatting. What really happened to Vanessa? Were there secrets kept, not shared between the two best friends? Vanessa had died that night, but what had caused her car to slide off the bridge? Message Not Found by Dante Medema shares the story of Bailey and Vanessa, two teenagers living in Alaska, that were inseparable best friends. That is, until one dies after swerving and sliding off a cliff driving home.

Teen Review
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.

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