Sunday, July 19, 2015
Book Review - Friends for Life
About the Book
A timeless and uplifting book about friendship, filled with humor and heart.
When Jessica sits next to Francis on a bench during recess, he's surprised to learn that she isn't actually alive--she's a ghost. And she's surprised, too, because Francis is the first person who has been able to see her since she died.
Before long, Francis and Jessica are best friends, enjoying life more than they ever have. When they meet two more friends who can also see Jessica, the question arises: What is it that they have in common? And does it have something to do with Jessica being a ghost?
My Take on the Book
This was a powerful book that dealt with some very deep topics including bullying and suicide so I would not recommend this for young readers. This is not to say that it is not well-written, it is. The content though is of such that I would not want my young daughters to read it at their age. The author really does a great job at developing relationship between Jessica and Francis. What I found interesting was how Jessica really drew Francis out, but also how the relationship with Francis allows Jessica to open up eventually to share the secret that she holds within. As I mentioned at the beginning of this review, the book is not for young readers. However, I will say that the topics covered are definitely ones that teens would relate to, and the topics could be covered well between parent and child, opening a potential meaningful dialogue.
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