See You at Harry's

See You at Harry's

by Jo Knowles
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See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles

Starting middle school brings all the usual challenges - until the unthinkable happens, and Fern and her family must find a way to heal. Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. It seems as though everyone in her family has better things to do than pay attention to her: Mom (when she's not meditating) helps Dad run the family restaurant; Sarah is taking a gap year after high school; and Holden pretends that Mom and Dad and everyone else doesn't know he's gay, even as he fends off bullies at school. Then there's Charlie: three years old, a "surprise" baby, the center of everyone's world. He's devoted to Fern, but he's annoying, too, always getting his way, always dirty, always commanding attention. If it wasn't for Ran, Fern's calm and positive best friend, there'd be nowhere to turn. Ran's mantra, "All will be well," is soothing in a way that nothing else seems to be. And when Ran says it, Fern can almost believe it's true. But then tragedy strikes- and Fern feels not only more alone than ever, but also responsible for the accident that has wrenched her family apart. All will not be well. Or at least all will never be the same.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763659943
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 05/08/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 350,077
Lexile: HL600L (what's this?)
File size: 711 KB
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Jo Knowles is the author of the YA novels Lessons from a Dead Girl and Jumping Off Swings. The recipient of the 2005 PEN Literary Award, she lives in Vermont.

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See You at Harry's 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
ReadingCorner More than 1 year ago
This is really a great read that I think a lot of MG readers will enjoy. It deals with a lot of the emotions of being a 12 year old just starting middle school, family dynamics, and the grieving process. When I started this one, I don't think I was fully prepared for the emotional roller coaster ride that it was going to take me on. So, while I definitely don't want to spoil anything for you (and I hope you don't find spoilers anywhere else), definitely be prepared for a few moments of truly devastating grief. Fern is a very realistically written 12-year-old, with the common insecurities that many kids feel at that age. Older siblings create havoc that gets them notices; younger siblings get all the love and attention. New schools, new people, changing friends. It's easy to feel invisible. I thought Fern gave readers a very realistic look at the emotions that you deal with at that age--you do a lot of growing up right around the time in life. The tragedy that rocks Fern's family--I didn't see that coming at all! I mean, obviously you knew that something was going to happen, but the tragic event really creeps up on you. It is the kind of event that is accompanied by painful emotions and tears (well, if you're like me, then there are probably at least a new tears). The character development and family dynamics shift in unexpected ways as a result and it added a whole extra layer to the story. See You At Harry's tackles the topic of dealing with tragedy quite masterfully. While this isn't the sort of book that every 10-12 year old will thoroughly enjoy, I think that there are probably a decent number of middle grade age kids dealing with these types of emotions and this book would be a perfect companion.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
This book killed me…KILLED ME! I seriously could not stop crying. Even after finishing the book, and getting ready to fall asleep, I was still crying. This is one book that will remain in my mind and heart for a while. Basically, it’s a coming of age story that revolves around the life of 12 year old Fern, who has to deal with a work obsessed father, a mother who isn’t really present, and a brother who is just coming out of the closet. We follow Fern and watch as she deals with the dilemmas in her family, and experience what she is going through. The first half of the book builds the backdrop of what Fern goes through oh a day to day basis. Not only do we see what she is feeling and going through, but we also get to see Fern experience the duress her brother Holden goes through on a daily basis from fellow school mates due to the fact that he is gay. After deciding to stick up for her brother, Fern has to now go through the teasing and violence that Holden goes through. We also watch as Fern is pretty much the one who is responsible for the care of her little 3 year old brother, Charlie. We see the love of a family and the pressure of responsibility, and its toll it takes on this family. After a devastating and tragic incident, we see how much it affects Fern and her family, and the strength that they will need to find to pull through together. It was at this point, which is about half way through the book, where I pretty much lost it. I cried at pretty much every chapter. Once I thought that the tears were over, something else would happen or would be said, and I would cry all over again. The writing style of Jo Knowles is unforgettable. Knowles’ character building and story building had me so engrossed that I felt as though I were part of this family, and experiencing everything with them. Knowles broke my heart over and over again. I think what made it all the more “real” for me was the fact that Fern and Charlie were pretty much the same age gap as my two kids, and just reading their interactions and the emotion that poured out of the words was just too much for me. I broke down. To read Fern’s pleas to her mother were heart wrenching. I could literally hear the strain and desperation in her voice as I read. I could picture every detail in vivid detail. If you are looking for a quick read that will remain embedded in your heart, I would recommend grabbing a copy of See You At Harry’s.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really felt like I was the character. The way she described her family is really nice. Her personality is nice also
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This isa great/emotional book. I have read it twice and I dont have it on my nook but my teacher has it and she let me read it and OMG I cryed my eyes out! So If you like to read emotional books, then this is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The tragic event was that the little boy charlie dies he gets really really sick and dies because he almost got run iver by a car and that ruined the blood going to hi head :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much! It broke my heart then put it back together in stunning beauty. I loved this book, and while it was sad, a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't read this with no tissues by your side.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This goes to the person that spoiled the book for everyone. Some people actually like to read and you spoiled it for everyone so thanks a lot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book. It was full of heart felt at the end. It had me crying. This was truly a graet book. Recomended for 4-9 graders because of some situation that most people would take imaturely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i read this book in 5th grade and i loved it so much i read it again in 6th grade BEST BOOK EVER
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was crying throughout mist of the book. Its also my new favorite book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recomend this book to every one! It is my new favorite book! But be prepared to cry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book I must say is a true "book" some people say Twighlight is the " best book ever " but See You at Harrys is a real book. It warms everyones hearts and moves me inside the book. 5 stars all the way Jo Knowles you have tried and sucseeded . You stole everyones hearts by writing a few words about a girl... Fern, an average 12 year old girl who is going through exactly what im going through. We both just started Midd. school and we both have the same feelings.we conect in so many ways possible. This book is nothing compared to, twilight, the sister hood of the traveling pants, hunger games. wanna know why? this book has meaning.... a TRUE meaning. Now when your reading this book remember to slowly let it sink in. Youd be suprised how this book connects with you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much!! It was SO sad and you definatly feel the charcters emotions. I recommend this book to middle schoolers or 3rd-4rth grade kids. Plus this book is on the 2013-2014 DCF list!! Highly recommended!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved everything about this book and it still made me cry. See you at Hawee's!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is truly amazing. Believe me you will not regret buying it
WLM77 More than 1 year ago
Jo Knowles' book, See You at Harry's, was very well written and engrossing. The conversations between the characters are natural, and the descriptions give you a real sense of what they felt, smelled, and tasted. Knowles paints some powerful images. She really captured the protagonist's desperation. Emotional and heartfelt, this is a good book to read in the rain, so you can hide your tears.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book I have ever read.Ican make alot of connections.My first conection is my brother had died too and I just started Middle School too.I have an Ice cream shop too.I can make so much more connectons too.Hope u liked the book too :) <3
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i couldn't put the book down. I cried for hours. there's a great plot and a great ending with great characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is perfect for every feeling. It can be aggravating, funny, sad and reassuring. It kept me crying all the time. I thought this was really good. You should read it!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What was the tragic accident? Reply to kat :)