The Farewell Season

The Farewell Season

by Ann Herrick
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TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
The Farewell Season is a story about a boy dealing with the loss of his father. Eric is struggling with his emotions and can't seem to find the right outlet. He's at the beginning of his senior year and his last football season, but he can't seem to be excited about it. Not only is he acting out on his coach and teammates, but he's fighting with his younger sister, his best friend, and broke up with his girlfriend. He won't open up to his mother either. Then, Glynnie enters his life. She's a quirky newspaper writer, who wants to interview Eric at the start of the season. Glynnie is also dealing with some family drama and she finds herself opening up to Eric. As they get to know each other better, they find that they are both dealing with loss, just different circumstances. Eric begins to find some peace after the time he's spent with Glynnie. Once the season begins, Eric feels like he is able to move forward and appreciate where he is and the people in his life. This book was beautifully written. There were moments that I laughed, got frustrated, and cried, but mostly I felt hopeful that this boy and this girl would be able to comfort each other and begin to heal. Although the story isn't heavy on romance, Eric and Glynnie do begin to date. I found the romance sweet and endearing. If you're looking for a tender hearted book, this is a great story for you.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Author Anna del C. Dye for Readers Favorite "The Farewell Season" is a very remarkable story that deals with grief and loss. It relates a heart-warming tale of coping with death and being alive that will touch not only young adults, but also many adults. Death is never easy for those who stay behind. In this book you will find the struggles of a young man on his road to acceptance and moving on. It covers a hard theme in a very well-written manner and is thoughtfully done. Eric is ready to start football practice right before his senior year. He should be overjoyed, but something isn’t right this year and he can’t put his finger on it. After he breaks up with the cutest girl at school, he knows something is off. His mother tries to make conversation with him, but usually he brushes her off. His best friend frequents his house every day and loves his sister’s food, so does he, yet, it isn’t that that has him worried. Football perhaps? Well his old coach is sick and can’t take on the training. So they get a new coach and he hasn’t liked Eric from the beginning. He can handle him . . . after all, his father has always been his number one supporter, cheerleader and overall personal coach. That is… until a drunk driver kills him. I enjoyed the voice of the author in this tale, though I feel that the few swear words were unnecessary. I would recommend this book to all readers, young and old, who are grieving or know someone who is. Actually, it is a great resource for any home since death will touch everyone in the world at one time or another. I believe this story can be used to help grieving souls get past the hurt and continue on with their own lives. Great job.
Larya More than 1 year ago
To say Eric is “troubled” after the death of his father is an understatement. After his father passes away, Eric is left hurt, confused, and angry. He lashes out at everyone and cannot see anyone else’s pain. Where he used to find fulfillment in football, Eric now only finds more anger, frustration and empty dreams. Over time, he will develop a friendship that will help him deal with his feelings… he just has to deal with them before he does something he can’t fix… When I first read the premise to The Farewell Season, I prepare to be moved. Usually, I easily connect with stories that deal with personal issues of triumph after tragedy, and the journey they require. The Farewell Season is definitely one of those stories. I will admit that I cried while reading this book because I am that connected with Eric. Yes, I totally bond with a guy. In a book. Who is fictional. Go. Figure. Eric starts out sounding like every other stereotypical jock. Arrogant. Conceited. Cocky. But, then I see beneath the facade to his true character. I see: the teenager who has just lost his father at a pivotal part of his life, the teenager who has looked repeatedly to his father for support and guidance and then has him abruptly ripped away, and, most importantly, the teenager who has never grieved over his enormous loss. This Eric is someone I can empathize with-- someone I can feel hurt, shame, pity, and triumph with. Oh, I still don’t like his behavior—at times I want to bean him over the head for his rudeness! Though I empathize with him, I am still furious that he is hindering everyone else’s attempts to move on. And, the rude way he talks to his mother grates on my nerves. In short, he sounds like a sullen teenage boy. I really like Herrick’s writing…obviously, it moves me to tears but, moving beyond that, the story isn’t overdone. The Farewell Season isn’t an overly long book—only about 150 pages. Though there are definitely more aspects of the subplots that can be explored more fully, I think that The Farewell Season ends in a good place. If it stretched out longer, I think it would have ruined the ending for me. Besides, this way maybe I’ll get a sequel! The Cover: I think this cover is a great representation of the story underneath it. Unlike most YA covers that have a girl in a dress, this one actually has symbolism! I really like how the football player is out of the line of sight for the camera and how I can see the girl in the background. It looks like the football player is walking away from her… which I can see happening in the story. Very fitting cover! *This book does have profanity* I give The Farewell Season 4.5 out of 5 stars: Very Highly Recommended!!
Arla More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying that I loved this book. It's one of those satisfying, feel-good stories that leaves you with a sense of closure at the end. The characters are your average, everyday people who could easily be family, friends or neighbors. They've just lost the patriarch of their family and although life goes on, they will never be the same. I was touched by their story and even brought to tears, as they struggle to put the pieces of their lives back together. This story has the ability to touch all hearts because loss is universal, it's a language we all speak. And even though grieving is an essential part of overcoming loss, we don't all willingly give ourselves over to it. What then occurs is the inability to heal properly and move on. The story is told from the point of view of Eric Nielsen, a 17 year old boy who's lost his father to a drunk driver. It's been 4 months and Eric hasn't allowed himself to fully address his grief. Instead, he's kept his feelings bottled up. This results in difficulty dealing with relationships with his mother, sister, best friend, new football coach and ex-girlfriend, as well as identifying and confronting his feelings about his dad. Can you really be angry at someone for dying? He finds fault with everyone around him - his mom smothers him, sister is a brat, best friend is too upbeat, new coach rides him too hard and this bothersome girl, Glynnie, is getting under his skin. He can't seem to find his footing as he tries to navigate through this new life without his dad. Football played a huge part in their relationship, does he even love football anymore? When the realization dawns that life is NOT fair and that we often get cheated, anger, insecurity and confusion are sure to follow. His dad encompassed everything a good father should be; ever-present, loving, supportive, invested, dependable. You can imagine the giant void his death has left in Eric's life. Maybe you don't have to imagine. Though I haven't grieved the loss of a parent, yet, I could identify with him, with all the emotions he experiences. I grieved over the loss of the safety and security of my family when my parents divorced, when I was a young girl. This experience was at the forefront of my thoughts and what I drew upon to help me relate to Eric. This is exactly what happens with Glynnie. She and Eric find in each other a kindred spirit. This book felt like a breath of fresh air. It left me with the kind of satisfaction I would feel at the end of an episode of Little House on the Prairie. There was a sweet innocence to it that I hadn't realized I missed. After reading the synopsis I was afraid that this book might be too serious, that it might be depressing. It addresses some serious subjects; loss of a parent, depression, conflict with family, jealousy, the grieving process. But, these issues are handled delicately, as to avoid bringing the reader down. The story never gets dark. In fact, by the end of the book, I felt uplifted! My only complaint about this book is that it ended. This is a story I recommend for everyone. Young, old, male or female. A beautiful story to remind us that if we have loved, that love is ours to keep. We can keep those we've lost alive in our hearts and memories and pay tribute to them as we push on and live our lives to the fullest.
bjschuler More than 1 year ago
Don't most young people think they'll live forever? And when someone close to a teen dies, reality strikes and threatens his or her entire security system. Eric used to think he'd live forever, but not anymore. Not after the death of his father. Now that football season is about to start, Eric hopes he can live life normally again through participation in his favorite sport. However, he doesn't realize how angry he is with his father for dying and the ways in which this emotion will affect his life. Eric's refusal to truly face his grief results in unexpected feelings such as anger at his coach, increased fights with his sister, resentment of added responsibilities in helping his mother, and disillusionment with football. He even gets into a fight with his best friend, Rolf, who never fights anyone. Eric rails against his mother's friendship with his father's business partner, and he's suspicious of any man he thinks might be taking too much interest in her. Eric doesn't want to lose anyone else and particularly his mother since that would leave him totally alone. It takes a special relationship with Glynnie, a new friend, who is dealing with the divorce of her parents to see that the only way to get through his grief is by grieving." It's hard to give in but it's the only way out, she tells Eric. Although The Farewell Season addresses a serious subject, it's not a depressing story but one of hope, friendship, understanding, and even humor. Facing our feelings makes us free. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and recommend it highly. This is a timeless tale that will remain with readers to help them through rough times. Ann Herrick's stories never disappoint."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Middlereader More than 1 year ago
Eric has always loved football. It's his senior year, scouts are making phone calls, a college scholarship seems secure. So why can't he work up any enthusiasm? Because his dad has always been so closely entwined with his game, and three months ago a drunk driver unraveled everything. His dad is gone. Ann Herrick does a respectable job on this novel for young adults. I appreciate Eric's character. He's such a jerk! But he knows it. As he works through the pain he's willing to change, to make things right. I like his spirit, and I like that he's not perfect. I love a learning, growing, maturing lead. His best friend Rolf, on the other hand, is too sweet, too predictable. I was glad to see him finally get his feathers ruffled. Kirstin, Eric's sister, is also typical, but she has some great lines as she bickers with her brother. There's some nice conflict and resolution between Eric and his mom as well. But it's Glynnie - dowdy Glynnie with her unique style, tough questions, and ever-present pen and paper - who compliments Eric's character so nicely. I was never sure what she'd say, how she'd react, where she would bring the story. And though we don't see much of her, I loved the quirkiness of Glynnie's cigar-smoking, French-speaking mom. Ms. Herrick's writing has a nice, easy-to-read flow with some very lovely moments. Here are some of my favorites: "He was a short, solid man built like a fireplug, and he had one of those pushed-in faces, kind of like a bulldog." "...clapping his hands, which were as big and thick as sirloin steaks." "She was a real Helicopter Mother, always hovering." "Dancing with Glynnie was like holding a breeze." And one of the most powerful lines, one that summarizes the heart of Eric's struggle all in one punch: "Maybe I was afraid. Afraid that I'd lose that sensation of potency I'd once taken for granted, but that now seemed brief and fragile." While The Farewell Season does a nice job exploring grief and arousing sympathy in the reader, I felt the book remained a little superficial. It has such potential for depth of meaning. Consider the wonderful title. Not only is Eric saying goodbye to his father, but also to his ailing coach, his high school, a whole period of his life, but I never felt this metaphor was fully developed on all these levels. The opportunity for truth, for richness, for thought-provoking conclusions, was lost. Also, I tend to agree with Coach Pickett who "once gave us a lecture saying that if we weren't articulate enough to speak without swearing, we had better hit the books harder." Unfortunately, profanity in children's literature is in vogue, and this book is no exception. I do appreciate, however, the sweetness of romance that Ms. Herrick maintains. The Farewell Season does not follow the current teen trend toward obsessive, physical relationships. Rather it encourages friendship, respect, and the freedom of each individual to maintain their own identity. It's light-hearted innocence is downright refreshing. And I say, kudos!