Orchards by Holly Thompson

This book was sad. It was about guilt and grief. About a hard subject. About how the mean girls at school feel when the girl they said some thoughtless things to, kills herself.

This book is about a cliquey group of friends, but mostly about Kana, a half-Japanese, half-Jewish American girl who after that event happens, gets sent to work on her grandmother’s Mikan orchard. The girl who committed suicide was Ruth, a girl who’s bipolar. The boy she was with was helping her since his sister has it also. On Kana’s family orchard, hard work distracts her from what happened. But she still thinks about it, and often directs her thoughts to Ruth. This book is very sad.I nearly cried during parts of it. This book is written in free verse, which makes this a not-that-hard book to read.

This book is beautifully written. It hits hard on a sad topic. The only thing is, it’s really sad. I would say 12/13+.


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