Wednesday, June 20, 2018
From You to Me by K. A. Holt
This is such a gentle book of loss and healing and forgiveness. Holt has an easy way of leading her readers to deep emotions without any obvious machinations or heavy-handed messaging. Amelia is a completely sympathetic character struggling with her grief and guilt. Of course she said something mean to her sister before she died but that's not even the main plot point at play here as it would be in many other books about grieving. Amelia's just having an extremely hard time moving on because losing someone you love is impossible! On top of Amelia's struggles, I really enjoyed the secondary characters who were supportive but also not perfectly so as they made mistakes and became annoyed with Amelia's sadness. Like real people. And Amelia's annoyance with her mom about everything was just pitch perfect - speaking as someone who was a teen daughter and someone who had a teen daughter. As for emotional, sensory investment... 1. All I could think about for the first third of the book was what kind of cheeses I had in the fridge and how they would combine in a grilled cheese sandwich and 2. I figured there was going to be some sort of cathartic scene and thought I was prepared for it until I started crying in a restaurant while eating lunch when the damn star said "Rosalie" on it!