Sophie Merdinger, 15, is a swimmer and a dedicated student who, after three years, is still obsessed with her younger brother's death. Her mother is dating for the first time since her husband moved out during their son's illness. Sophie has a hard time forgiving her father and is resistant to growing up and leaving her brother behind. As a result, she refuses to have a boyfriend or even to date, though she has many offers. Her only friend is Henry, a genius chess player, until she meets Francis, her mother's boyfriend's 17-year-old son. He lost his mother nine years earlier, and understands her pain. In this touching coming-of-age novel, the theme of losing a loved one is strong, but does not overwhelm the story of Sophie's growth as a young woman. As she learns to trust Francis, she begins to accept her brother's death and realizes that she has been unsympathetic to her father. The novel is set against the backdrop of New York City, where Sophie and Francis explore museums and coffee shops as their relationship develops. The protagonist is a likable and intelligent young woman, Francis is a gentle and thoughtful young man, and the supporting characters are well drawn. Fast-paced, light, yet introspective, this novel of transition, love, and loss explores emotion while telling a fine story. (School Library Journal)
Garret gives an overview of the book:
Garret Freymann-Weyr was born in New York City, and went to college at UNC Chapel Hill and NYU. Her first novel, "Pretty Girls" is (mercifully) out of print; unfortunately, so is her best Young Adult novel, "The Kings Are Already Here". She has written...