I honestly have no interest in reading Sorry for Your Loss by Jessie Ann Foley. I feel like I’ve come across a number of books dealing with grief and the death of a family member or friend lately and nothing about this one stands out to me. It doesn’t help that I tend to shy away from these stories in general. It has fairly good ratings thus far, so if this topic sounds like something you’d be interested in, I’d definitely say to give it a shot.
Printz Honor winner and William Morris Award finalist Jessie Ann Foley’s latest YA novel is a comitragic coming-of-age story about an awkward teenage guy who, after the loss of his brother, finds healing and a sense of self where he least expected to. As the youngest of eight, painfully average Pup Flanagan is used to flying under the radar. He’s barely passing his classes. He lets his longtime crush walk all over him. And he’s in no hurry to decide on a college path. The only person who ever made him think he could be more was his older brother Patrick, the family’s golden child. But that was before Patrick died suddenly, leaving Pup with a family who won’t talk about it and acquaintances who just keep saying, “sorry for your loss.” But when Pup excels at a photography assignment he thought he’d bomb, things start to come into focus. His dream girl shows her true colors. An unexpected friend exposes Pup to a whole new world, right under his nose. And the photograph that was supposed to show Pup a way out of his grief ultimately reveals someone else who is still stuck in their own. Someone with a secret regret Pup never could have imagined.
Does Sorry for Your Loss sound like a book you’d be interested in? Why or why not? What do you think of the bit about his long-time crush showing her true colors? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments! And happy reading!