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The Farewell Season

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  22 reviews
A story of how love endures and love heals.
Eric and Glynnie go from butting heads to grudging friendship to something more...

Eric used to think he'd live forever, but not any more. Now football season is about to start, and Eric hopes he can live life normally again after the death of his father through his participation in the sport. He doesn't yet realize that he is ang
Kindle Edition, 150 pages
Published by Puddletown Publishing Group, Inc. (first published May 16th 2011)
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Devastating loss, hidden pain and confusing emotions, magnified by being a teenage boy, not quite a man, but too old to act out like a child, Eric has tried to bury his emotional tsunami over the death of his father. The Farewell Season by Ann Herrick takes us into the heart and mind of a young man struggling to understand life, while not knowing how to move forward or admit his feelings, even to himself. The result, disconnection from everyone around him, resentment for added responsibilities, ...more
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Sarah Dessen, Linda Kage, Sarah Ockler
Recommended to Fred by: Ann Herrick
Eric Nielsen has been kind of a dick since his dad died unexpectedly a few months ago. He seems to have gotten stuck somewhere between the denial and anger stages of grief, and it's made him stand-offish and surly, even to his beloved cat! But his grouchiest grumblings are reserved for his Mom, and younger sister. It doesn't seem to occur to him that they might be hurting too, or that his attitude is making things even harder for them. Despite all that, it's difficult not to like Eric. He really ...more
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To say Eric is “troubled” after the death of his father is an understatement. After his father passes away, Eric is left hurt, confused, and angry. He lashes out at everyone and cannot see anyone else’s pain. Where he used to find fulfillment in football, Eric now only finds more anger, frustration and empty dreams. Over time, he will develop a friendship that will help him deal with his feelings… he just has to deal with them before he does something he can’t fix…

When I first read the premise
Shannon (aka The Tale Temptress)
First, a heartfelt thank you to the author who provided a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review. Now to my thoughts....

The Farewell Season was one of those books that has a simple, honest story. It's all about real people experiencing a life-changing event, and how that event affects and shapes them. Eric, his sister, and mother have experienced the kind of loss that most everyone will at some point in their lives...the loss of a loved one. The way Eric deals with his father's loss w
Autumn Review
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Farewell Season is a story about a boy dealing with the loss of his father. Eric is struggling with his emotions and can't seem to find the right outlet. He's at the beginning of his senior year and his last football season, but he can't seem to be excited about it. Not only is he acting out on his coach and teammates, but he's fighting with his younger sister, his best friend, and broke up with his girlfriend. He won't open up to his mother either. Then, Glynnie enters his life. She's a qui ...more
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Farewell Season is about Eric, a high school football player who is grieving the loss of his father. With the new football season about to start, Eric is hoping that his life will return to normal again. That hope gets shredded when he starts fighting more with his sister, best friend Rolf, and his mother.

I absolutely loved this book. This was a quick read that held my interest from page one. The Farewell Season is an inspirational book that would tremendously help any young adult who's dea
Courtney Whittamore- The Moral of our Stories
You can feel the excitement in the air. The sweet smell of freshly cut grass freshly churned dirt made from dozens of cleats, and the aroma of those few precious weeks between summer and fall float on the breeze. The sounds of clashing bodies and grunting opponents seems a fitting soundtrack to the ambience it inhabits. It’s the beginning of preseason football practices, and Eric Neilson, one the high school’s linebackers is amidst the battlefield that is the football field. But what most of his ...more
Arla (Leave Mommy Alone)
Thank you to Ann Herrick who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review...

Let me start by saying that I loved this book. It's one of those satisfying, feel-good stories that leaves you with a sense of closure at the end. The characters are your average, everyday people who could easily be family, friends or neighbors. They've just lost the patriarch of their family and although life goes on, they will never be the same. I was touched by their story and even brought to
Sydell Voeller
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
(As I posted on under the review section for this book):

Ann Herrick is a gifted writer that artfully takes the reader into the adolescent heart and mind. In her most recent young adult novel, The Farewell Season, viewpoint character Eric grapples with his grieving for his father. His struggles are poignant and bittersweet, with touches of humor. Ann Herrick is a master of portraying both the darkness and the light.

This story is also one that both fans of football and people who are no
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Wow, just wow. I am stunned by this book. Sure, it was not perfect, but it was pretty close to perfect! There were so many elements that I absolutely adored. Like the whole Scandinavian theme that was woven into the story, or the fact there is no instant love (just add water), or the fact that the characters seemed so real.

Eric, he took a bit to get used to. He is pretty grumpy, hides a lot of pain and he shows that outwards w
Kaitlyn Francis
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x, ax, arr, reviewed
What happens when you lose the person you thought would be there forever, wht happens when your love for a sport was only the love you spent with that person while playing. The love for a game in anyone is strong but a bound and a shared love is even stronger, for Eric losing his father turned his life upside down. It seems that life moves forward and even though he present he doesn't feel like he did before. The love for football was always shared between Eric and his father and without him, so ...more
Anna del C. Dye
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Farewell Season is a very remarkable story that deals with grief and loss. It relates a heart-warming tale of coping with death and being alive that will touch not only young adults, but also many adults. Death is never easy for those who stay behind. In this book you will find the struggles of a young man on his road to acceptance and moving on. It covers a hard theme in a very well written manner and is thoughtfully done.
Eric is ready to start football practice right before his senior year. H
I purchased this book for free on Amazon and honestly wasn't expecting too much from it. The book was a little better than I at first thought it was going to be, but it fell a little short (for me) towards the end because I honestly I just wanted more. The romance felt rushed to me, but the book is short so that's kind of expected. I did like the secondary relationship between (view spoiler) ...more
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a thought provoking and heart touching YA book. The hero of the story, Eric, was going through some really tough stuff. He was grieving, his football coach is leaving and he is struggling through a lot of emotional situations. My heart went out to Eric. He is a good guy, although a little self absorbed at times. This short story kept my attention and engrossed me. This book was told completely from the hero's POV and I thought the author did a good job following the emotions and thought ...more
Michael Burhans
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I very much enjoyed this book. Romance and football. LOL On a serious note this was an excellent book about love and loss, grief and acceptance. Thought provoking, and sensitive this is a book that is better than many in the genre. A nice love story is always good, but this was that an oh so much more. I liked that it ended in a very real way. There wasn't a magic wand cure all end, it was real, and all the more touching and much more impact for that realism. Highly recommended.
Michelle Isenhoff
Jul 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Eric has always loved football. It’s his senior year, scouts are making phone calls, a college scholarship seems secure. So why can’t he work up any enthusiasm? Because his dad has always been so closely entwined with his game, and three months ago a drunk driver unraveled everything. His dad is gone.

Ann Herrick does a respectable job on this novel for young adults. I appreciate Eric’s character. He’s such a jerk! But he knows it. As he works through the pain he’s willing to change, to make thin
Lenore Kosinski
Jul 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
This was a good little book, but it didn't wow me. I have yet to pin down why exactly. I enjoyed all the little references to Scandinavian words/foods/cultural thingies...but at the same time they could be overwhelming and distract from the story. I thoroughly enjoyed Glynnie and Eric's developing relationship...but I didn't get any good teasers into that in the epilogue...I wanted that for sure romance. And while this book did make me cry, I couldn't necessarily relate to Eric's anger and meann ...more
Ann Herrick
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I'm so excited! I just found out there's a review of my YA novel, The Farewell Season in ALAN Review, Volume 39, Number 3, in the Clip & File YA Book Reviews!

"Football lovers and non-football fans will enjoy this compelling story...The realistic feelings and true-to-life characters provide a story with an important lesson about life and loss
...This story crosses the 'goal line'--both for teens who may face similar hurdles, and for those who wonder about such 'what ifs' in life that may be be
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Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
The Farewell Season has just be re-issued by Books We Love, Ltd.
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