See You at Harry's
by Jo Knowles
Fern: Fern is the main character in this book. She is 12 years old and in seventh grade. She is quiet and very thoughtful.
Holden: Holden is Fern’s older brother. He is 14 years old. He is quiet like Fern and very sensitive. He and Fern are really close.
Sarah: Sarah is Fern’s 18-year-old sister. She has just finished high school and is taking a year off before starting college. She works at her parents’ restaurant.
Charlie: Charlie is Fern’s three-year-old brother. He’s always the center of attention.
Fern’s parents: Fern’s parents own a family restaurant called Harry’s. Fern’s dad is always very busy with work so he doesn’t get to spend a lot of time with his kids. Fern’s mom kind of keeps to herself and is mostly in her own world.
Ran: Ran is Fern’s best friend. He is always calm and positive. His favorite saying is “All will be well.”
There are three main settings in this story - Harry's (the family diner), Fern's house, and Fern and Holden's school. The time is the beginning of the school year and early fall.
12 year old Fern feels invisible in her family. Everyone is always too busy dealing with their own problems to listen to her. Mom (when she’s not meditating) helps Dad run the family restaurant, her sister Sarah is taking a gap year after high school, and her brother Holden is dealing with bullies at school. Then there’s her little brother Charlie. He's three years old, loud and messy, but deeply loved. If it weren't for Fern's best friend Ran, she would have nowhere to turn. Ran is always calm and always positive. His favorite saying is "All will be well." When he says it, Fern can almost believe it. Then the unthinkable happens and Fern feels more alone than ever. She thinks that she is responsible for the awful event that tears her family apart. She has to learn to accept reality and make the best out of difficult situations.
I think that the lesson that the author wants readers to learn from this book is that you shouldn't take what you have for granted, because it won't be there forever.
I would recommend this book because it's captivating and a fairly quick read.