Saturday, June 2, 2012
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
June didn't want her Uncle Finn to die. She was a bit in love with him and he was the only person who really paid attention to her and listened to her. They even had special places they went together and shared only with each other...
Random House and Edelweiss shared an ebook of this story with me for review (thank you). It will be published on June 19th.
This a heartrending story about a family that loves each other but can't talk about emotional needs. It's also a story about death and dying. And it's about a special bond that develops between two people when the person they love has died and they are all that is left.
Uncle Finn is gay, and June had never seen his boyfriend, Toby, until the funeral. Toby wasn't allowed to attend Finn's funeral but he sat on a bench outside. So begins a relationship so fragile and unusual you can't imagine how far it will go.
This author draws you in to the lonely girl's world, shows you how dysfunctional her family has begun, and how love comes in many forms.
I was a bit uncomfortable reading this book because of the subject matter. Ms. Brunt handles it well and creates a story that will stick you even as you close the book on the last page. June has been richer for knowing both Finn and Toby and it makes you feel better for her.
I'd recommend sharing this with older teens rather than young ones. It may be dealing with young adults, but the subject matter is adult to me.