I gave up on The Other Queen. Woops.
Say Goodnight, Gracie by Julie Reese Deaver is one of those books that you read and it’s okay but then it never leaves you. It sticks around in that little part of you reader soul where your loves live. I believe I read this book for the first time when I was 10, Id gotten a ton of old books from a family friend and this was one of them, I read it a few times and then it disappeared from my life.
Now here’s where the story get’s fun; I couldn’t remember the title of this book but i always remembered scenes from it, for a while i would sit and try to remember, then give up and move on with my life. Well a month ago I got a GoodReads and discovered their forums for helping find books and VIOLA! six hours later I had the title and a few hours after that it was on it’s way to me!
I read this in 3 hours from midnight to 3am Jan 2 and it kicked my ass. Full on tears and ugly sobbing. Not spoilers (it says this on the first page): This book is about a friend who dies and the main character, Morgan, learning to survive without this person. Anyone who knows me well will know immediately what this did to me. I’ve lost a lot of people in the last few years, not just any people, the people, those people in your life that you tell yourself you can’t live without…I’ve lost most of those people recently.
“What it boiled down to was this: I was alone, truly alone. There wasn’t anyone, anywhere, who could take Jimmy’s place…The world could go on very nicely without him, maybe, but I couldn’t. No matter how many new people I met, no matter how many new friends I made, I wouldn’t ever have the same relationship I’d had with Jimmy. That part of my life was gone forever. Why had it taken me so long to figure this out?”
When I first read this book at 10 it was cute, funny, sad but now I empathize, I understand. And it hurts.
Book 1 of 36: Say Goodnight Gracie, by Julie Reece Deaver
- 1- Don’t Read
- 2- It’s Good
- 3- Read
- 4- Highly Recommend
- 5- Must Read
I give this book a 3 on my little scale here because I can fully accept that most of my love of this book is from my personal emotions and not because it’s a wondrous addition to any library. It is a Young Adult book so the reading level and story are for teenagers, I take that into consideration so while I recommend it as a good book I don’t Highly Recommend it. If you’ve read it of will read it let me know what you think 🙂