The Grief Keeper
This stunning YA debut is a timely and heartfelt speculative narrative about healing, faith, and freedom.
Seventeen-year-old Marisol has always dreamed of being American, learning what Americans and the US are like from television and Mrs. Rosen, an elderly expat who had employed Marisol's mother as a maid. When she pictured an American life for herself, she dreamed of a l
For a while there, I actually believed something like that might be possible. The author made everything sound so real. Her telling tugged at my heart—she really has a way with ...more
Marisol and her younger sister Gabby are asylum seekers from El Salvador, staying in a detention centre in the US. Marisol feels very protective of her much more lighthearted sister, and is carrying plenty of grief and worry about their current situation, as well as the situation they're running from. Seizing ...more
|| Immigration criticism
|| PTSD experiment
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The novel opens with seventeen-year ol ...more
It reminded me of one of my all-time favorites (Never Let Me Go) in the brilliant way Villasante married a thought-provoking speculative premise to character-driven literary realism. The meshing of Marisol and Rey’s grief—over the loss ...more
the grief keeper shows the crude reality of being an immigrant, of how hard it is to leave the country you grew up in because you were in danger there. it shows the difficulty of thinking in both english and spanish (it was really amazing to see all those spanish words in an english book) and it deals with grief, depression, ptsd and homophobia. it was hard for me to read but totally worth it.
the overall plot was very ori ...more
Review coming soooooon!
In the meantime, let me just say: NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE ARE READING THIS AND WHY, JUST WHY
***Thank you to NetGalley and G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers for providing me with an advanced ARC of The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.***
This book. Wow. I will be thinking about The Grief Keeper for a long, long time. Alexandra Villasante weaves a thought-provoking narrative, with a main character who has to make impossible choices to save those she loves. This story takes on timely issues in a sensitive, empathetic way. It is tr ...more
The author did a great job describing emotions and grief. When the experiment was working, what Milesol was going through reminded me of what it's like to be an empath who's close to a psychic vampire (not that Rey was a psychic vampire on purpose--it was the experiment).
Book Series: Standalone
Publication Date: June 11, 2019
Genre: YA Horror
Recommended Age: 15+ (science experimentation, dystopian feelings, immigration, race issues, TW PTSD, depression)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Marisol has always dreamed of being American, learning what Americans and the US are like from ...more
"You aren't an illegal. You're a person. You are a girl"
Firstly, can we address this absolutely stunning cover? It is the perfect representation of this story. Each time I'd pick the book up, I couldn't help but admire its beauty each time!
The Grief Keeper will sweep its arms around you and nestle itself right into your soul. The 2 main characters, Marisol and Rey will find a comfortable spot within your heart. You will be left comple ...more
Set firmly in the now, centered on an immigrant teenager and her little sister requesting asylum in the United States, this book is about love in all its forms. I expected the entire novel to be heart wrenching, and, well, full of grief - and some passages are indeed just that - but it is also joyful, and hopeful, and r ...more
A Emotional Read!
This book was an emotional rollercoaster! I thoroughly enjoyed! Its YA but felt more adult to me.
It's a touching story of two sisters Marisol and Gabi. They are seeking refuge in America, but they will only be accepted if Marisol participates in an experiment as a greif keeper. This is a risky scientific experiment where one person takes on other persons grief into their body.
This was beautiful writ ...more
The sci-fi aspect isn't thoroughly explained, bu ...more
Thanks to San Diego County Library for the digital audio version via Libby app.
[Audio: 9 hours, 50 minutes]
When she’s not writing, painting or chasing chickens around the yard, Alex plans conferences and fun ...more