you are not here
by Samantha Schutz
Book Jacket: Annaleah and Brian shared something special - Annaleah is sure of it. When they were together, they didn't need anyone else. it didn't matter that their relationship was secret. All that mattered was what they had with each other. And then, out of nowhere, Brian dies. And while everyone else has their role in the grieving process, Annaleah finds herself living outside of it, unacknowledged and lonely. How can you recover from a loss no one will let you have?
There are three main reasons why I picked this book to read, 1) The front cover, 2) published by PUSH, 3) the style that it was written in - verse. I was not disappointed. It was a well written book. Going through the death of a loved one is not an easy thing. It's a process that, sometimes, the people around you don't understand, especially if they don't know of the relationship you had. This book takes you on the journey this teenager has after she's lost someone she, maybe, could-have, loved. You watch her fall and fall and fall and wonder if this will destroy her or make her stronger. Definitely a book that I would pass on to a friend!