“Yeah, but just in case. Send me a signal. Like a secret message.”
“What kind of message?” I imagine holding a giant sign that says DON’T BE LIKE THAT.
“Something. I don’t know. Make it big. Something that really gets my attention.”
I shrug, “Okay.”
“Like, in a major way. Make it serious.”
I say, simply,” Sure, it’s a deal.”
Suzy never though that her best friend, Franny, would turn out like Aubrey, one of the popular girls at school. But when the girls enter middle school, their friendship begins to slip away. And then one day Franny does something that makes Suzy realize it is time to give a sign, a big sign, to let Franny know that she has changed. Only it doesn’t go the way Suzy has planned. And then Franny goes on a trip and drowns- before Suzy ever has a chance to make things rights. Now Suzy has to deal with the repercussions of her actions as she tries to make sense of Franny’s death. How do you say goodbye? Franny is going to have to figure it out.
The writing in this book is beautiful. It alternates between flashbacks that tell Franny and Suzy’s story to the present time of Suzy dealing with the death of her best friend. Suzy tries to understand what happened to Franny and thinks if she can explain why it happened, then she will be able to make sense of it all. It is really about a girl trying to connect with people- her friends, her class mates, her family- and the struggles she has as she tries to do that. I highly recommend this book to those who have enjoyed books like Counting by 7s and who like to read Realistic Fiction.