London and Zach traveled the world with their missionary parents all throughout their childhood, so it was easy for the siblings to become best friends. Now that Zach is gone, though, it means that London has a hole in her heart AND her life. She simply doesn’t know how to exist without her brother and best friend. [Is it OK to smile or to laugh when your brother has killed himself?] Even worse is the fact that her mother hasn’t talked to, looked at, or hugged her in the more than six months since Zach died. London expects that it’s because her mother thinks it’s her fault. With the help of friends, old and new, London is doing her best to pick up the pieces of her heart and move on with her life.
I had intended to post this review yesterday (World Suicide Prevention Day), but forgot. Nevertheless, I think the anniversary of 9/11 is an equally appropriate day to post a review for a book about living with and living through grief. Sadly, Carol Lynch Williams began this book as a response or sorts to the untimely death of her teenage daughter’s friend. Fortunately, for grieving readers everywhere, this meant that she truly understood how teenagers grieve, and the tone of the story was spot-on. I firmly believe in the healing powers of bibliotherapy and only wish this book had been around when I was a teenager.