Reviews by Tag: grief

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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.

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.

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