If You Were Here Jennie Yabroff January 3rd 2017

Tess was happy on the fringe at her prep school until her mother made her a social outcast, now Tabitha is her only friend and they spend lots of time watching Sixteen Candles among other things.  As an 80’s girl I was fine with that and enjoyed remembering parts of the movie.  Tabitha slowly changes and the distance between the friends grows until tragedy changes their world forever.  Now I don’t want that last line to seem overly dramatic, although it does, but I also don’t want to give anything away either, so you will have to read and decide how that line should be interpreted.  That said I loved the characters in this story.  Tess who wants to be normal but knows she can’t be, Tabitha who likes her anyway, Tess’s Mom who really does try but life is full of limitations for her, Tess’s Dad who is trying to keep the sky from falling, and Tess’s grandmother who offers Tess honesty and wisdom and adds her own special magic to the story.  A wonderful story of growing up and figuring out your place in the world.

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