I love Jo Knowles. Some of my favorite books ever were written by her. See You at Harry’s is one I won’t forget, and if you haven’t read it you really should. But this review is about one of her older ones, Pearl.
Pearl and Henry are best friends. One of the things they have in common is the strangeness of their mothers, although they’re nothing alike. Henry’s mother is hugely overweight and doesn’t leave the house. Pearl’s mother is not very involved, to put it mildly. Luckily Pearl has grandfather Gus, the stable force in her life. But then Gus dies. And in addition to being without the only parent she’s really had, Pearl now has to deal with family secrets that she never would have dreamed of.
This won’t go down as one of my favorites from this author. Parts of the story were farfetched. But the brilliant writing style of Knowles more than makes up for that.
Buy it Now: Pearl