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Friday, September 10, 2010
You Are Not Here by Samantha Schutz
Slowly life changes. Her friends move on, her mother continues to work, and Annaleah is left alone with the Dearly Departed and Brian. But it takes someone and something to alter her life and see it for what it truly is. But can Annaleah resist the urge to isolate herself or fall headlong into the only comfort zone she knows?
Schutz has written a beautiful novel in verse about how one teen deals with depression on her own terms and slowly realizes the world she's created. Readers will know from the onset the persona of Brian and feel for Annaleah, while also trying to help her friends get her to know the truth. This is a fast read of a great story about love, loss and healing, with perfect characterization that will take the reader to the ending. A perfect pairing for those who enjoy novels from Lisa Schroeder. Recommended.