Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Behind You by Jacqueline Woodson

While in between proctoring exam today at School #9, I stumbled upon Behind You by Jacqueline Woodson, in the principal's office. What a coincidence considering I used her for my reader response! Obviously I had to read the first couple of pages. While only a few pages in, I was hooked. It is interesting to read how the characters are effected by Miah's death. From family members, to friends and of course Ellie, each character has unique experiences and feelings after dealing with just a traumatic loss. I was also intrigued by the fact that Miah narrated portions of the book. This indicates that his soul is still lingering on, watching over those he left behind. Although I was only able to read about 15 pages of the book, I can already tell that this is going to be part of my summer reading list. Behind You has a completely different feel than If You Come Softly. There's more of an eery and ominous feeling to it, as the characters are grappling with the loss of Miah.  One of the chapters I was able to read focused on Kennedy and how he often feels as though Miah is around him, patting him on the back. A bit bizarre considering his soul truly is lingering around! I look forward to continuing to read this book. I can't wait to read the chapters on Ellie and see how she is dealing with this entire ordeal. A definite must read.

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