Sorry for Your Loss
Sorry for Your Loss
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Annotation: An awkward teen, the youngest of eight children, navigates the loss of a siblingthroughout a photography assignment that leads him to secrets, opportunities andan unexpected connection.
Catalog Number: #183967
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 322 pages
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: 0-06-257191-5
ISBN 13: 978-0-06-257191-5
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018968292
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
A coming-of-age novel about loss, grieving, and family.Sixteen-year-old Pup Flanagan is struggling. He is not doing well at school, he has an (unrequited) crush on his best friend, Izzy, and above all, he is still grieving the loss of his brother Patrick, who died suddenly at age 20 of bacterial meningitis. As the youngest of eight siblings and one of 27 loud family members who unfailingly gather for Sunday dinners, Pup knows his whole family is also hurting, but no one talks about it. Not even his brother Luke, who is drinking far too much (and far too often), or his lesbian sister Annemarie, his favorite. Things start to change when his art teacher takes an interest in him, suggesting that Pup take up photography. Through photography he befriends Abrihet, an immigrant girl from Eritrea whose family is as close-knit and warm as Pup's. While the story primarily focuses on Pup as he learns how to express himself through art and companionship, Printz Honor winner Foley (Neighborhood Girls, 2017, etc.) deftly paints a portrait exploring the different ways that grief and loss affect the members of a loving yet broken Chicagoan family who are finding their ways back to each other with the help of their youngest, most underrated member. Pup and his family are white.An introspective novel about the healing power of art with light touches of tears, laughter, and romance. (Fiction. 14-18)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Being the youngest of eight kids means a lot of things for Pup Flanagan. It means he has nephews who are older than he is, and his parents are a little too burned out to pay attention to his not-so-great grades. It also means that even though the whole giant family has a weekly dinner, no one ever talks about Patrick, the brother who died two years ago, leaving Pup with a hole that no one else seems to feel. When a failing art grade leads to a photography assignment, Pup discovers an unexpected talent. A photo he takes of his brother Luke in a vulnerable moment wins him a passing grade and a slot in an art competition. As he builds his portfolio, he begins truly looking at the people in his life: the girl he's always had a crush on, the acquaintance he's surprised helps him develop his photos, the members of his family who may be grieving after all, and his still-living brother who's been quietly in crisis. Printz Honor Book author Foley (The Carnival at Bray, 2014) takes readers through Pup's tenderhearted and sometimes painfully funny third-person observations. It's a narrative that, while often simple in execution, is threaded through with incredible feeling. A warm and clear-eyed examination of a family swimming through grief and a boy who finds the light.
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Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 7-12

From Printz Honor winner and Morris Award finalist Jessie Ann Foley comes a comitragic YA novel that will appeal to fans of Jandy Nelson and Jeff Zentner. As the youngest of eight, painfully average Pup Flanagan is used to flying under the radar. He's barely passing his classes. He lets his longtime crush walk all over him. And he's in no hurry to decide on a college path. The only person who ever made him think he could be more was his older brother Patrick. But that was before Patrick died suddenly, leaving Pup with a family who won't talk about it and acquaintances who just keep saying, "sorry for your loss." When Pup excels at a photography assignment he thought he'd bomb, things start to come into focus. His dream girl shows her true colors. An unexpected friend exposes Pup to a whole new world, right under his nose. And the photograph that was supposed to show Pup a way out of his grief ultimately reveals someone else who is still stuck in their own. Someone with a secret regret Pup never could have imagined.


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