Fifteen year old Dani Dean is mourning the loss of her father. She keeps seeing him every where- walking in their apartment, at her church, even at his own funeral. She feels like she is going crazy.
Dani’s relationship with her mother is not good. Her mom sends her off to England to stay with her father’s family. Dani fears this will be a permanent move. As she keeps seeing her dad’s ghost she believes he is the answer to her problems.
Laurel Garver approached the hard issues of grief, doubt, and fear with a honesty I have never read. Dani was portrayed exactly as a fifteen year old should be when faced with the death of her father and the fear of change in her life and of forgetting the most important person in her world. The fact that her relationship with her mother, the person who should be supportive and comforting, is a poor relationship only adds to her feelings of loss.
I did not quite understand how the adults in Dani’s life did not worry about all her ghost sightings. They did not offer her the support and help a teenager needs after the loss of such an important person in their life. I struggled with this part of the story. I had a hard time connecting with the characters because of this.
Even with the tough subjects in this novel it is a very hopeful book. I will recommend this novel to young adults and not so young adult readers.
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