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What is Goodbye? by Nikki Grimes
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Feb 28, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: gifts, contemporary, 2012, middle-grade, ya, verse
Recommended to Tina by: K.D. Absolutely
Read from February 09 to 11, 2012

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I read and loved Nikki Grimes' A Girl Named Mister so I was very excited to get this book from Kuya Doni during one of our Goodreads meet ups. A slim volume with illustrated pages, this is a book that discusses griefs and its different effects on people struggling with it. Jerilyn and Jesse just lost their older brother -- too much too soon that they are at a loss at how to deal. Jerilyn holds it all together, showing an unruffled exterior but inside she is just as broken as how Jesse acts out. Questions about life, death and family surface and we get to see how the siblings and the rest of the family dealt with this loss. It will never be the same again, but it doesn't mean they can't be whole.

Nikki Grimes' poetry was easy to read and the illustrations were a good complement to the story. True to form, I found myself shedding some tears at a certain page, and I honestly cannot imagine losing my one and only brother too soon to death. While this book offers no solutions on how to handle grief and death and loss, it shows a hopeful picture that someday, it will all be okay.
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K.D. Absolutely I am glad you liked it, Tina! :)

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