My kids are 6 and 8 and I have a pretty good idea of what goes on in their lives. Of course, when I tell them that, they just look at me, roll their eyes, and laugh.
But still, I think I know the broad lines of their days, their relationships, their fears, and their joys. And I know that that’s only because they’re still in elementary school and I’m on their campus multiple times a day.
One day they’ll walk or bike themselves to school, they’ll have friends I might not know well, things will happen at school that they might not tell me. And that’s fine. It’s part of growing up. Kids are supposed to separate from their parents, they’re supposed to have learned enough from us to be able to navigate their days without needing our constant feedback.
I mean, come on, do your parents know everything you did in high school?
My point exactly.
And yet, this book illustrate in painful detail just how wrong it can all go.
Amelia’s mom has done an amazing job of raising her daughter on her own. She thinks her daughter is well adjusted, doing well in school, has good friends, and is generally happy.
And then, for some reason, Amelia jumps off the roof of her school and her mother is left to piece together the last few weeks of her life to try to figure out what happened.
What she finds is what makes this book impossible to put down or forget.
Read this book if: You enjoy “real life” mysteries. You have kids and wonder what it’ll be like for them to be in high school. Enjoy well crafted stories with strong characters. (Don’t read this book if stories about dead kids bother you. You’ve been warned…)
Would this make a good book club book? No doubt about it. If your book club can get past the dead kid issue, this would make for a great discussion on parenting, on how much freedom we need to allow our children, and on facing tragedy and challenges in life.
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