Book review by Genevieve T.
It was supposed to be an ordinary day in the lives of the Mebane family, but it did not turn out that way. Emma, who had been due to arrive at her respective workplace a while ago had not come yet and it was already 10:40. To quench Ben’s worry, he sent his father back home to check on his younger sister.
19 year old Emma awoke to a new world. She was in her house, but only the dog that had passed was there with her. Where was everyone? Follow Emma as she learns to navigate her new world, and the rest of the Mebane family, who are left to cope with her tragic passing.
It’s already hard to write about your own daughter, or about anyone, for that matter, but Donna Mebane does a brilliant job. No mother should have to bury their child, but this one did, and I greatly appreciate how she shared her story with the rest of the world and admire that.
She gets incredibly into depth with Emma so that even I began to fall in love with her easy-going and overall enjoyable personality.
This book has changed the way I see the world. I found myself in tears often while reading this beautifully composed book. Following their journey to continue their lives with one of their loved ones gone was hard at times. The world is sometimes unjust, and reading this novel I realised that sometimes you can’t do much about it but keep that person close to your heart and move on.
Overall, this novel is touching, beautiful, relatable and shows that life is unpredictable. I suggest this coming-of-age book to those looking for a different pace and those who wish to read a truly beautiful piece of work.