The Farewell Season
by Ann Herrick
My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: October 1, 2014
Publisher: Books We Love Ltd.
Genre: Coming of Age, Age Level: 12 - 18, Great BOY read
Print Length: 133 pages
Available from: Amazon
A story of how love heals and love endures.
Eric and Glynnie go from butting heads to grudging friendship to something more ....
Eric used to think he'd live forever, but not anymore. As football
season starts, he hopes he can live normally again after the death of
his father. But his refusal to face his grief results in anger at his
coach, fights with his sister, resenting added responsibilities, and
disillusionment with football. It takes a special relationship with
Glynnie, who is struggling with the divorce of her parents, to open his
heart to love again.
The Farewell Season by Ann Herrick
Devastating loss, hidden pain and confusing emotions, magnified by being a teenage boy, not quite a man, but too old to act out like a child, Eric has tried to bury his emotional tsunami over the death of his father. The Farewell Season by Ann Herrick takes us into the heart and mind of a young man struggling to understand life, while not knowing how to move forward or admit his feelings, even to himself. The result, disconnection from everyone around him, resentment for added responsibilities, and a high-voltage fuse just waiting to blow. Will the start of the high school football season be the healing constant he needs or will that let him down, too?
Enter Glynnie, school reporter looking for a story about Eric and football for the school paper. Glynnie is aggravating, obnoxious and a bit of a loner, a loner who is tenacious and refuses to hear the word NO COMMENT, no matter how cruel Eric is about it. She starts off as a thorn in his foot, but slowly a friendship forms, sharing occurs and Eric finds he is looking forward to seeing her the next time. Only his guilt over continuing to live on knowing his father can’t stands between Eric and happiness. Just maybe Glynnie is the key Eric needs to unlock all that is trapped inside. Her foot is in the door, and life looks better with her in it. Is it time to grieve, let go and move on?
Grab some tissues, because this one is going to hurt in a good way. Ann Herrick has nailed the voice and heart of a teenaged boy who finds coming of age difficult, at best. Ms. Herrick has colored her world in a rainbow of colors, each color being another stage in the grieving and growing process until they become a bridge of colors leading the way from sorry to happiness, love and feeling whole for a boy who has lost so much. Beautifully written, filled with endearing characters that each play into Eric’s emotional turmoil, this is a slice of life from the darkness into the dawn. Targeted for teens, there is a message of triumph over tragedy that will warm your heart.
I received this copy from Ann Herrick in exchange for my honest review.