Friday, May 20, 2011

You Are Not Here by Samantha Schutz

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Annaleah and Brian shared something special - Annaleah is sure of it. When they were together, they didn't need anyone else. It didn't matter that their relationship was secret. All that mattered was what they had with each other.
And then, out of nowhere, Brian dies. And while everyone else has their role in the grieving process, Annaleah finds herself living outside of it, unacknowledged and lonely. How can you recover from a loss that no one will let you have?
Annaleah is stuck in her grief and she isn't sure how to express it. No one knows about her and Brian, which is making her life impossible. She disconnects from everyone. I have experienced grief before and Schutz writes it so accurately and yet there is some beauty to her writing. I really enjoyed every moment of this book, even though it was sad and made me cry like crazy. I could feel every emotion that Annaleah had. You will love this book, if you love verse. I recommend this book to fans of Ellen Hopkins and Lisa Schroeder.


  1. Funny, we read THE SECRET YEAR by Jennifer Hubbard which had a very similar premise, but it was a boy who had to grieve in secret. Thought it was quite a good book, you might enjoy it!

  2. Thanks for the shout out! Have you read my first book, I Don't Want to Be Crazy? Or seen my blog

    Be Well,

  3. Ooh, this one looks really good! I try to avoid sad books, but I think I'll have to give this one a try sometime soon.


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