by Brenna Thummler
The friendship between Marjorie and Wendell is so hilarious and weird! I love that they are both damaged and lost, but they find their way together.
The story shows a vivid picture of the grieving process, with all the ugliness and messiness that entails, but also gives hope to the characters and shows them healing and coming together.
I really enjoyed the scenes from the Land of Ghosts, where Wendell attends a support group for Dead Youth Empathetics. It was hilarious and interesting! The ghosts have their little homes, and their activities, and they hang out at the bath house to wash their sheets. I love the imaginative world-building!
I loved Marjorie’s swim teacher at school! He’s funny and dorky, and a kind teacher. It showed that Marjorie has people who like her and care about her, and will protect her against the bullies. His character really added depth to the story, and gave weight to Marjorie’s life outside her family.
I adore Marjorie’s little brother! He’s such a cute little guy, and his silly childishness gave some levity to the story.
Marjorie herself is a beautiful main character. She is so strong in her own quiet way. She is holding her family together, running her own business, and keeping up with school, taking care of her little brother, and she does it all with kindness and grace. I immediately felt a connection to her, and cared about her story.
One of the things I loved about this book was the emphasis on music! Marjorie has memories of playing the piano with her mother, and it has become a deep connection to her happy past. Music can have a lasting impact on us, and is a way of bringing healing and restoration to a hurting soul. Marjorie plays the piano and Wendell is attracted to the sound, bringing them together.
A hauntingly beautiful and sweet story with a perfect blend of seriousness and silliness! I love it from start to finish!
Disclaimer: I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.