And, this week, I'm thankful for I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan.
Genre: YA, I suppose (although I only think it falls under that umbrella because it has several young people in it)
In a nutshell: beautiful, gripping, thoughtful, and heart warming.
First of all, look at this cover... I think it's the best one I've seen in years. If I could ask this cover out on a date, I'd think about it.
This is one of those rare reads that I am desperately trying to get everyone I know to read. It is so, so lovely and heartwarming despite its moments of terrible sadness. It made me cry, and it made me laugh loud enough to wake people. It made me so, so anxious to know what happens that I stayed up to some unacceptable hour to finish it. But I didn't want it to end, either. The relationship between the two brothers, Sam and Riddle, is touching and haunting. In fact every relationship in this book is pretty lovely to discover. The book has us skipping between all the character's thoughts, so we get to have access to pretty much every important perspective. The young voices are crafted so thoughtfully and so believably. And although there are things that made me angry and upset, I never found this story depressing. There is so much that is uplifting in it, and the sad moments only make those richer.
I know I haven't really told you what this book is about. I don't want to ruin it: you should get to experience it for yourself, and I highly recommend that you do.