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Posted April 28, 2005
A POIGNANT STORY OF HEALING AND LOVE
A child's death is surely one of life's most painful experiences. It is, perhaps even more heartrending when one of the grief stricken is little more than a child herself. In this fully realized fiction debut by Philip Beard just such a scenario is presented. Tess, is the guilt ridden mourner, and Zoe, is her three-year-old sister, killed by a hit-and-run driver. Tess's story is told in the form of letters written to Zoe, and read by voice actress Cassandra Morris. It's a triumphant performance, never soaked in sentimentality but an uncompromising rendering of the thoughts and experiences undergone by Tess following her little sister's death. A mere 15 years old, Tess is almost overcome by feelings of guilt because she saw the accident; it occurred when Zoe was in her care. That's certainly enough to hobble even the most mature. We hear Tess's struggle as she first leaves the home she shares with her mother and stepfather to move in with her birth father, a man with mega dreams and minor realizations. Nonetheless, he's a good man and cares for Tess. Like many other girls her age she soon finds herself attracted to a boy, and lands a summer job. She seems on the road to healing until the unexpected happens and she is confronted with some immutable truths. - Gail Cooke
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Posted May 31, 2010
how would you feel
How would you feel if your own sister, friend, mother was killed, by a driver who didn't even stop? Would you cry, laugh, feel angry, or just all around numb? That is what Tess has to go through when her sister Zoe was killed one faithful day by a hit and run driver. Throughout DEAR ZOE, you experience Tess, writing letters and diary entries to her sister. She goes through the steps of grief and what is happening with her family. It is a short read, only 200 pages, but in those pages, you experience first hand with this family went through. An enjoyable book for anyone's eyes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 18, 2011
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