The Farewell Season by Ann Herrick

The Farewell Season Ann Herrick

The Farewell Season by Ann Herrick
Publisher: Books We Love, Ltd.
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (86 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

Eric used to think he’d live forever, but not any more. As football season starts, he hopes he can live normally again after the death of his father, but his refusal to face his grief results in anger at his coach, fights with his sister, resenting added responsibilities, and disillusionment with football. It takes a special relationship with a girl dealing with the divorce of her parents to see he is angry with his father for dying and the way to get through grief is by grieving.

Life is full of changes. Will Eric be able to adapt to everything that’s happened to him lately?

I enjoyed seeing how Eric’s friendship with Glynnie developed. They had so much in common that I wasn’t at all surprised by how well they got along, although it was still nice to see them figure out their similarities gradually. Writing it this way made their friendship come across as incredibly authentic.

The character development felt rushed to me. There was so much happening to Eric and Glynnie that neither one of them had much of a chance to sit down and process what was going on. Their reactions to all of the changes in their lives would have made more sense had they been given more time to work through their most difficult emotions and decide what to do next.

All of the descriptions of food in this story made my mouth water. I’m not at all familiar with the kinds of dishes that Scandinavians have traditionally eaten, so I was glad that the narrator explained what aebleskiver and lagkage were when they were first mentioned in the plot. They sounded absolutely delicious.

While I enjoyed the romantic subplot, the protagonist definitely didn’t seem to be ready to be anyone’s boyfriend. He had a lot of serious problems to tackle first. Eric also appeared to be overwhelmed by other people’s expectations. I definitely wanted him to end up with his love interest, but this particular storyline would have worked better as a sequel set at a point in the future when his life has calmed down.

Grief does funny things to people. Some of the most interesting scenes explored Eric’s reaction to his father’s death in painful detail. He clearly hadn’t adjusted well to that loss at all when this tale began. It was especially interesting to see how his coping mechanisms worked for him. Even the most unhealthy ones made a certain kind of sense based on what had been revealed about his personality early on.

The Farewell Season was a poignant look at a difficult subject. It’s a good choice for anyone who has ever wondered if there’s a wrong way to grieve.

Comments

  1. Thanks so much for nice review! One little thing–that is the wrong cover. You can see the new cover here: http://annherrickauthor.com/mybooks/Herrick-TheFarewellSeason-200x300_-_Copy.jpg Thanks again!

    • You’re very welcome!

      I absolutely love the new cover for The Farewell Season. It looks great.

      I hope you’ll consider submitting your future books to Long and Short Reviews as well.

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