Waiting on Wednesday: See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  Its purpose is to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting:

See You At Harry’s by Jo Knowles

Expected Release Date: May 8, 2012

Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. Her dad is always busy planning how to increase traffic to the family business. Her Mom is constantly going off to meditate. Her sister Sarah, who’s taking a “gap year” after high school, is too busy finding ways not to work; and her brother Holden is too focused on his new “friend” to pay attention to her. And then there’s Charlie: three years old, a “surprise” baby, and the center of everyone’s world.

If it wasn’t for Ran, Fern’s best and oldest friend, there would be nowhere to turn. Ran is always calm, always positive. His mantra “All will be well” is soothing in a way that nothing else seems to be. And when Ran says it, Fern can almost believe.

But when their lives are unexpectedly turned upside down, Fern feels more alone than ever, and responsible for the event that wrenches the family apart. All will not be well. Or at least, all will never be the same.

(summary via Goodreads)

There’s been a fair amount of discussion about this book in the mock-Printz circles (of which I lurk around).  I’ve heard really, really good things about it. I’ve also heard that it’s a total tear-jerker, so that’s something to be aware of.  Either way, it’s a little out of my normal realm (this would fall more solidly into middle-grade reading, I think), but I have high hopes for it.

What are you waiting on this week?

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