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More Great Reviews for Meet Me at the River!

December 11, 2013 at 12:05 am

The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books:

“Echoes of Wuthering Heights infuse this tale (Tressa’s grandparents are even named Earnshaw), which is richly steeped in a Colorado landscape as wild and enticing as Catherine and Heathcliff’s moors…readers will find emotional and psychological truth in Tressa’s struggle to  let go without forgetting”

School Library Journal:

“With an authentic voice and the proper balance between sorrow and hope, Gramont effectively explores issues of suicide, death, and the problems created in their wake…This sensitive portrayal does not end with all the problems solved, but it does leave hope for a better future.”

Great Booklist Review for Meet Me at the River!

September 19, 2013 at 7:45 pm

  “I have thought about my life in terms of monumental moments that can’t be undone.” So muses 18-year-old Tressa, the protagonist in de Gramont’s latest coming-of-age novel (since Every Little Thing in the World, 2010). Tressa is still actively grieving the death of her soul mate, Luke, and blaming herself for the accident that took his life. Compounding the inconceivable tragedy, Tressa is surrounded by family who shunned their relationship when Luke was alive—because he was her stepbrother. Now they’re exasperated by Tressa’s tenacious hold on his death and her lack of drive toward her future. But what no one knows is that Luke regularly visits Tressa at night, a tangible reminder widening the divide between their old world together and her new “after-Luke” life and stalling any movement Tressa makes toward recovery. But how can you be defined by a love that will never exist again? Does true, abiding love ever diminish, even if the one you love is gone forever? De Gramont beautifully straddles fantasy and reality while delving into the dark (and sometimes dazzling) emotions surrounding love and loss.

Meet Me at the River gets a STAR from Kirkus Review

August 18, 2013 at 2:16 pm

With a deft hand, de Gramont easily convinces the most skeptical of readers that the depth of Tressa’s and her boyfriend Luke’s emotions can enable a few fleeting, and frustratingly incomplete, moments of connection for them during the year following his tragic death. One of this riveting novel’s most astonishing qualities is that it features a spectral character but avoids the clichés of many modern paranormal romances; it is instead a largely realistic tale of grief and healing. Rather than offering impossible hopes for a continued post-death romance, the imperfections of Tressa and Luke’s phantom connection–they can neither speak about the present nor feel each other’s touches–is a continual painful reminder of all that they have lost. And while Luke’s visits are a testament to their profound love, they are also an agonizingly slow goodbye and a hesitant step toward moving through their shared grief. De Gramont torments readers with flashbacks similar to Melina Marchetta’s Jellicoe Road (2008), in which the knowledge that a character’s death is inevitable heightens, rather than assuages, readers’ dread as Luke’s final doomed moments are slowly revealed. The novel should come with a disclaimer that readers who are shy about public sobbing should avoid cracking this one open on public transportation, in waiting rooms or during classroom silent sustained reading times. A must-read.