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Behind You by Jacqueline Woodson
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I really liked this book. I liked it better than the first one. Each chapter is told from the perspective of a different person in Miah's life - how their lives are going since his death and how they are dealing with the loss. Woodson is an amazing writer. I would compare her to Angela Johnson, only slightly more poetic. Maybe that's not fair, I haven't read a Johnson book in a while. I read Behind You over the course of two days and really tried to let her words sink in as I sat on the couch, sipping my coffee and enjoying the wind chimes outside. I will be recommending these two books to my students a lot now. If anyone is dealing with the loss of a loved one and can handle reading about loss, these two books, especially Behind You, will be bring a little peace and comfort to the soul. Although I don't really agree with the theology demonstrated in Behind You, if you take it for what it is - a poetic expression about death, then it is a beautiful, short, masterful work of fiction.
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