For anyone who has ever felt set apart, odd or like they just didn't fit in the world.
Ummm, I read this book in one sitting. Sure, I took breaks to eat food and walk the dog, but really those were rude interruptions, pulling me away from devouring one of the best books I've read in a long time.
In this moving, coming-of-age story set in the 1980s, 14-year-old June loses her favorite uncle to AIDS, and with him she loses the one person in her life who truly understood her. Sounds like a real tear-jerker, right? Well, it is and it isn't.
June's perspective is young and sharp, and it won't let you get bogged down in the obvious grief she's feeling. Fascinated with Mozart's Requiem, art and the Middle Ages, she is awkward and self-conscious one moment, romantic and fierce the next.
I really couldn't stop reading until I heard everything she had to say.
I am an adult services librarian who also wears a teen librarian hat most of the time. I love to read all kinds of books, although I gravitate toward literary fiction, nonfiction books about science or sociology and fantastic teen books of all sorts. Other things I love include my dog, hiking, playing music and trying new recipes.