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.”
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.