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The author of the book: Susin Nielsen
Language: English
ISBN: 1770493727
ISBN 13: 9781770493728
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 359 KB
Edition: Tundra Books
Date of issue: September 11th 2012

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I don't know how she does it.

The 'she' of course refers to Nielsen, author of Word Nerd, Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom, and now The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen. Three consecutively published middle-grade/YA novels I have loved, each one beautifully written, with diverse narrators dealing with consequential subject matters. The Reluctant a departure- of sorts- for Nielsen. It is, without a doubt, darker and more uncomfortable than her previous works. The novel deals with- among other topics- mental illness, bullying, suicide, death and grief.

I will admit that I was nervous about reading this novel for a few reasons. One: regular readers may already know that I am a huge fan of Nielsen's writing, so I had my expectations set really high! Two: I was worried that Henry's story would just be too sad to read (based on the description). I can answer my concerns. One: the novel was brilliant. And two: yes, the story broke my heart, smashed it to bits, but also filled it with joy. The plot is tight and surprising, the dialogue is pitch-perfect and Henry's narrative voice is unlike anything I have read.

Through Henry's 'reluctant' journal writing, we are taken into his present as well as the past involving "IT"- the accident and aftershocks that changed Henry and his family forever. Henry's narration is very much at the surface: he's very angry, deeply saddened and lost, and it comes across in his expressive and affecting entries. Henry and his parents are just trying to hold on, while attempting to forge a new life in Vancouver- where no one knows about "IT". He never anticipates opening up to anyone- not to his wonderful new friend Farley, to his therapist, and especially not to two nosy and lonely neighbors. But before long, incidents at his school and changes in his home life force Henry to talk about Jesse and the "IT" that changed EVERYTHING.

I highly, highly recommend this novel for all readers of contemporary YA and middle-grade fiction.

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Ebook The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen read Online! Susin got her start feeding cast and crew on the popular television series, Degrassi Junior High. They hated her food, but they saw a spark in her writing. Nielsen went on to pen sixteen episodes of the hit TV show. Since then, Nielsen has written for over 20 Canadian TV series. Her first young adult novel, Word Nerd, was published in 2008 to critical acclaim. It won multiple Young Readers’ Choice Awards, as did her second novel, Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom. Her third novel, The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, was published in August 2012. It went on to win the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, the Canadian Library Association’s Children’s Book of the Year Award, and a number of Young Readers’ Choice Awards. Author Wally Lamb named it his top YA pick for 2012 in his “First Annual Wally Awards,” and recently Rolling Stone magazine put it at #27 in their list of “Top 40 Best YA Novels.”
Her books have been translated into multiple languages. Susin’s new novel, We Are All Made of Molecules, will be published in Canada, the US and the UK in Spring of 2015. She lives in Vancouver with her family and two naughty cats. She is delighted to have finally figure out how to "claim" her author profile on Goodreads!

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