Hiya all, it’s Sarah!
The last book I read by Cronn-Mills, Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, was awesome, so I jumped at the chance to read this new novel.
It has always been just Tobin and her larger than life father. Her mother wasn’t the mothering type and has lived in Paris for years, her aunts and uncles are quirky and could never really penetrate the world of Tobin and her father. Now that Tobin is a junior, she has to start thinking about her future. While this should be the time that she focuses on herself, Tobin’s father is diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. This disease progresses quickly and is degenerative. Tobin won’t have much time left with her father and the disease is taking him away quicker than she can handle. The two will need to count on their friends and family, but no matter what it completely sucks! Tobin has a special brand of grief, because she knows that she is losing her father and her current order of life. Tobin’s heart has sunk to the bottom of the lake, but is finding it really worth the pain?
This book was so really. Cronn-Mills gets the emotion of grief, because while Tobin’s grief process was not the same as mine, I could connect to her experiences. It is difficult to watch a person who was such as strong character being robbed of their identity and ultimately dying. Also, Tobin truly showed how grief puts many other things in life into perspective, both in a good way and not. Really, what is the point in applying to college when your dad is actively dying!? Cronn-Mills knows how to tell a story and connect the reader the characters.