Author: Adam P. Schmitt
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pub Date: November 6, 2018
Taken from Goodreads
How do you give a eulogy when you can’t think of one good thing to say? A poignant, funny, and candid look at grief, family secrets, difficult people, and learning to look behind the facade. As if being stuffed into last year’s dress pants at his cousin’s wake weren’t uncomfortable enough, thirteen-year-Old Jimmy has just learned from his mother that he has to say a few words at the funeral the next day. Why him? What could he possibly say about his cousin, who ruined everything they did? He can’t recall one birthday party, family gathering, or school event with Patrick that didn’t result in injury or destruction. As Jimmy attempts to navigate the odd social norms of the wake, he draws on humor, heartfelt concern, and a good deal of angst while racking his brain and his memory for a decent and meaningful memory to share. But it’s not until faced with a microphone that the realization finally hits him: it’s not the words that are spoken that matter the most, but those that are truly heard.
Jimmy is a 13 yr old boy who’s cousin, Patrick, also 13, has recently died and Jimmy is asked to say a few words at the funeral. Jimmy is consumed by the thought of speaking in front of people at the funeral, on top of that, he’s never liked his bully of a cousin! Most of the story Jimmy is reflecting on memories he has with his cousin Patrick in search of a pleasant one he can share at the funeral.
Jimmy relives several silly and unfortunate memories and he’s left with the realization that he has nothing positive to say about his cousin. What should he do?
I think we all know that troubled kid, who bullies and causes conflict every where they turn up. They have problems at home, at school, and don’t really fit in anywhere.
I won’t give away what happens, but this lighthearted story has a powerful message, one we all need to hear.
I really enjoyed this middle grade story, even though the topic was a bit heavy it was well written and thought provoking.❤️ This story deals with bullying, death, grief, suicide and family relationships. These topics are all introduced through the lighthearted perspective of a 13 year old boy.
I received this advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review, and all opinions are my own. This book will be published November 6, 2018, go check it out!
Thank you so much NetGalley, Candlewick Press, and the author, Adam P. Schmitt for this advanced copy!
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