In this epistolary middle-grade debut novel, a girl who's questioning her sexual orientation writes letters to her sister, who was sent away from their strict Catholic home after becoming pregnant.Eleven-year-old Evie is heartbroken when her strict Catholic parents send her pregnant sister away to stay with a distant great-aunt. All Evie wants is for her older sister to come back. But when her parents forbid her to even speak to Cilla, she starts sending letters. Evie writes letters about her family, torn apart and hurting. She writes about her life, empty without Cilla. And she writes about the new girl in school, June, who becomes her friend, and then maybe more than a friend.As she becomes better friends with June, Evie begins to question her sexual orientation. She can only imagine what might happen if her parents found out who she really is. She could really use some advice from Cilla. But Cilla isn't writing back....
|Title||:||P.S. I Miss You|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
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P.S. I Miss You Reviews
Wonderfully done and heart-wrenching without being melodramatic. The letter-format is easy to digest and a quick read while still delving into some deep and challenging topics. Evie and Cilla’s relationship and “conversation” was easily visible and the twist at the end was painful...
A great middle-grade LGBTQ+ book of self-discovery and family!
Thank you Netgalley for the E ARC.
This book is done entirely in letters - primarily written from Evie to her sister Cilla. Between the letter format and the rather outdated and extreme focus on the shame of being pregnant outside of marriage, I just don't see an audience for this book in my library. I guess I'm having a hard time imagining that some of the events in the story (such as sending a pregnant daughter away and hiding her pregnancy) would realistically happen today, but maybe I'm wrong ...more
I've been intrigued by the summary of Jen Petro-Roy's debut since I first read about it, and after the cover came out—well, how could I NOT snatch the chance to read it? ;) P. S. I MISS YOU didn't disappoint—Evie's voice is sweet and engaging, and her wrestle with her family, herself, and her faith are very relatable. I will say that it's probably one I would give more to kids at the upper end of the middle grade spectrum, as there's some serious gut-punch sadness in it (at a BRIDGE TO TERABITHI ...more
It's a snow day today, so I decided to read for awhile ... and wound up finishing the whole thing! This wasn't predictable. It was messy, complicated, heartfelt, and believable. I could've used this book when I was Evie's age, questioning religion, figuring out where I fit with friends and school, and realizing my parents were flawed. The author captures the age perfectly. For many middle-grade readers, this book can be both important mirrors and windows.
I wish I had liked this more... just...certain things caused SO MUCH frustration.
Longer review to come, but in short, this novel is exquisite and will DEFINITELY punch you in the heart and gut. Beautiful language written in the epistolary form — Evie’s voice is one you won’t easily forget. Suffice it to say, I’ll be reading this book again and sharing it with as many people as I can. And actually, it’s inspiring me to write more letters to my loved ones ...
I read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
A debut shining star! A heart-breaking behind the scenes look at just what this family in crisis does not want you to see. I felt sad thinking about how many people this story may speak to. A good one for building empathy for those times when we all make mistakes, even when we're trying to fix them.
When Evie's sister Cilla gets pregnant, her parents send her away. Wouldn't want a pregnant, unmarried teen daughter miring their Good Catholic reputation. While Cilla's away, Evie writes her a series of letters. The letters not only document how much she misses her sister, but they document her understanding of herself, about growing up, and about a budding romance between herself and another girl. It's a pitch-perfect 11/12 year old voice and experience of independence.
But oh, how much I loat ...more