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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 s...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Candlewick Press
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Stephanie
Last night my husband had to confiscate our Kindle from me because I was crying uncontrollably, so wrecked by what had just happened in the book I was reading that I could barely even breathe, I was crying so hard.

This morning, though, I took the Kindle back. I started reading again, and ten minutes later, I was crying again. But I didn't stop reading until the end of the book, because I couldn't.

The book was Jo Knowles's See You at Harry's (I got an e-ARC through Netgalley), and honestly, if an...more
Gary Anderson
A book like See You at Harry’s reminds us of the absolute pleasure of becoming immersed in a terrific read. Author Jo Knowles leads us to empathize with her characters, engages us in a narrative that pulls us through in ways that render true the cliché “I couldn’t put it down,” and then leaves us with the stark knowledge that tricky currents are churning in the lives of young people from their families, schools, friends, and really, contemporary culture.

As much as I admire See You at Harry's, r...more
Kellee
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I have read a couple of books recently that were really hard to review (Wonder, The Fault in our Stars, The One and Only Ivan) because they are books that reach into your heart and settle there. It is hard to write a review of a book that becomes so personal. See you at Harry's is one of those books. As I sit here trying to write a review, I don't know how to put all of my feelings into...more
katsok
At NCTE I knew that I would be compelled to tour the exhibit halls, if only to get an ARC of Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner. Before hitting those exhibits, however, I was lucky enough to attend a session on critique groups for writing with Kate as one of the panelists. I’m met Kate a few times. She was kind enough to Skype with my school for family reading night. I’ve run into her at conferences over the past two years and “spoken” with her on twitter several times. At the end of the session I...more
GRPLTeens Grand Rapids Public Library
Appeal Characteristics: family relationships, death, restaurant business, bullies, coming out/gay relationships, school


I cried like a baby at this book. I love dysfunctional families. For some reason, I hate reading adult literary works about dysfunctional families, but I love kids perspectives on them. Fern's family is tough to beat. I felt like this was Bridge to Terabithia for the next generation. I don't want to write any spoilers because I want the magic to be there for anyone who wants to...more
Sandy Littell
A real-life story about a busy family in the restaurant business. The parents and two older kids, Sara and Holden, are in their own worlds, dealing with their own personal and sometimes complicated issues.

Fern, the third child, has just started middle school, and discovers that someone important to her is being bullied on the bus. She spends her after-school hours at HARRY'S; greeting customers, doing homework, and babysitting for her pesky 3 year-old brother, Charlie. Her best friend, Ran, kee...more
Danielle Bartos
Let me start by saying that yes, this is a great book. But, on a personal level this was probably the hardest book I've ever had to force myself through. On the surface it looks like a fun, light-hearted family drama that will wrap itself around coming to grips with the "outing" of one of the family's 4 kids. Oh, how I was so wrong. In reality the book is about one family's journey through coping with tragedy and unimaginable grief.
The incredible difficulty for me is my own reality of losing bo...more
Lucy
Feb 03, 2012 Lucy added it
Shelves: unfinished
If you are a parent of small children, do not read this book.

I love Jo Knowles. I think she's a brilliant writer, and whenever she comes out with a new book, I don't even bother to check what it's about--it's an instant Must Read for me. That was the case with this book, too. I was so excited for a new Jo Knowles book. I dove in, and got immersed in her pitch-perfect characters and middle grade voice. There were all these lovely bits and elements, and I was looking forward to seeing where it was...more
Ms. Yingling
Fern's parents spend a lot of time at the family restaraunt their grandfather started, Harry's, and love to use their family in the commercials. Sara is taking a gap year and not thrilled with the whole idea, although she does appreciate one of the busboys. Three-year-old Charlie is a handful, but the light of everyone's lives. Holden is struggling with bullies at school and his first romance... with an older boy, Gray. Fern is just trying to understand her friend Ran, to take care of Charlie, a...more
Isabelle
As Rebecca Stead said,"Heartbreaking, soul staining, and all-around beautiful." This book is definitely beautiful, and I have never called a book beautiful before. The way Jo Knowles writes is incredible. A few of the chapters were in such focus and detail. I couldn't help but smile at the writing. But... This book was also heartbreaking. I cried, kept crying, and couldn't stop crying. When Fern didn't cry, I couldn't cry. She was breaking down inside and so was I. Then, Sarah kind of forced her...more
Caitlin Speyer
What would you do if a tragic event wrenched your family apart - and it was your fault? Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. Her father is too preoccupied with ideas of promoting the family business to worry about protecting his children's dignity. When her mother isn't meditating in solitude, she busies herself with just about everything but paying Fern some attention. Her sister, Sara, is taking a year off of high school while all of her friends move on to collage. Her brother, Holden, despe...more
Katrina
All the while I read this, I kept wondering, "What is wrong with me? I pick up this book and, within pages, I'm crying, no sobbing, again." Loving Jo Knowles since my first NCTE Convention three years ago in Philly when I serendipitiously seated myself at her table for the Middle Level Mosaic, I knew I had to read her latest book, See You at Harry's. From Jumping Off Swings to Pearl, Knowles always takes her readers down a path that they don't see coming. After finishing the last page of See You...more
Paul  Hankins
As this is a May 2012 release we will have more to say about SEE YOU AT HARRY'S as it's release date draws near. For those of you who have loved Jo Knowles's past titles, just know this. . .she keeps getting better and better. Jo Knowles is the kind of young adult author that you want good things to happen for. . .you know? There is a real gift in "Harry's" and in May, readers will get to open it for themselves. This one of the early "can't miss" books for 2012.
Eliza
A heart-wrenching story of family love and healing, filled with beautiful language, vivid and loveable characters, and precious moments of uplifting humor. I admit that this book had me sobbing (the real deal) and I usually hate books that make me cry, but this was such a moving and ultimately uplifting book that it made all the tears (each and every one) worth it.
Beth Dailey Kenneth
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Luu
Táto recenzia si v prvom rade zaslúži viac obkecov, než samotného hodnotenia :) Knihu som si všimla tak pol roka pred vydaním a ďalšieho pol roka som čakala, kým budem mať možnosť si ju prečítať (a tým nemyslím "kým budem mať voľný čas.") Hodnotenia boli úžasne vysoké, tuším okolo 4.5, a teraz na konci roka 2012 kniha súťažila aj v Goodreads Awards.

V novembri som prečítala prvých 10% a knihu odložila. Teraz v januári som sa k nej vrámci "my currently-reading-pile (áno, PILE!!!!) is insane" vrát...more
Vikki VanSickle
here is a lot of emotion packed into this tight little book. The general plot reminded me a bit of Sara Ellis’ sublime novel The Baby Project (known as The Family Project in the US), though See You At Harry’s is for a slightly older audience. I appreciated the way Holden’s family deals with his homosexuality, which is accepting overall, but with some reservations. This felt very realistic. None of the characters are perfect or 100% likable all the time, but I thought this was a smart and accurat...more
Laura
There's so much to recommend this story: the descriptions of the family's grief are perfectly heartbreaking and sensitive; so many readers will see themselves in Fern; the parents are flawed, but in such a realistic and relatable way... The sibling relationships are wonderful.

However, I did tire of the repetitive descriptions of Fern's feelings and her family relationships. As an example, Fern's mother repeatedly disappears to meditate in her office as a way to escape her daily stresses. But ab...more
Kate
I've long been a fan of Jo Knowles' YA novels, so when Candlewick offered me an early peek at SEE YOU AT HARRY'S, her first title for ages ten and up, I jumped at the opportunity. The book is still months away, so I'll post a more detailed recommendation later on, but for now...just know that you'll want to put this one on your to-read list. Set in a small-town ice cream parlor, it's about family and friends, grief and acceptance, healing and love and hope. This one made me laugh and cry in equa...more
Melinda
This book was lovely. I read it in one sitting on Mother's Day. And that was a mistake. Now I'm covered in my own snot and my husband took the kids to the park so I could have some kid-free time to read and zone out and all I want is for them to come back so I can squeeze the crap out of my babies. Read this book without reservation if you do not have kids; read this book with some bourbon and/or a tranquilizer if you do have kids. (And if you're a teenager -- hello, actual intended audience! --...more
Emma Vazquez
I recommend this book to anyone that likes sad book, and to people that like to read and can't put a book down because this is a type of book that's like that at first I thought it was boring but then I got a really good part and I just couldn't put this book down. My mom was even shooked when she saw me reading this book I'm not that type of person that likes t read books or anything that has words in it but this book made me realize how important reading is in my life.
Taylor Barnes
See you at harry is an amazing book you should really read it I loved it so much.
Christi
Jan 03, 2012 Christi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
It's only January 2 but I have a best book of 2012. Jo Knowles has created an exquisite, heart-breaking novel. I was not only welling up with tears, but straight-out bawling at several times while reading. Seriously, I love everything Jo has written, but this might be my favorite. PLEASE add this to your to-read list for May 2012!
Tanya
A very heartfelt read. It is told from a 12-year-old's point of view, but did not feel juvenile. I liked that the children were named after fictional characters. I guess it made me feel like them because I could see myself doing that. Of course I teared up more than once!
Donalyn
So many people told me to read this book, but I was worried that it would make me sad. It did. I cried buckets. Jo Knowles writes the most honest families. Heartbreaking and beautiful.
Rachel Grinti
Read this in one day and stayed up way too late so I could finish it.
Jacquelyn
Amazing read. Heartbreaking. One of my favorites so far this year!
Lydia Fischer
The book was wonderful and brought me to tears
Cat
So sad and wonderful.
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Hi! I'm the author of Living With Jackie Chan, See You At Harry's, Pearl, Jumping Off Swings, and Lessons From A Dead Girl. If you'd like to purchase one of my books, please consider doing so through a local independent bookseller. You can find one near you by going to www.indiebound.org and asking them to order a copy if they don't have the one you'd like in stock. Or, you can ask your local libr...more
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