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characters When You Were Here 107 º ❰Read❯ ➪ When You Were Here Author Daisy Whitney – Filled with humor raw emotion a strong voice and a brilliant dog named Sandy Koufax When You Were Here explores the two most powerful forces known to man death and love Daisy Whitney brings her charac Filled with humor raw emotionFilled with humor raw emotion a strong voice and a brilliant dog named Sandy Koufax When You Were Here explores the two most powerful forces known to man death and love Daisy Whitney brings her characters to life with a deft touch and resonating authenticity Danny's mother lost her five year battle with cancer three weeks before his graduation the one day that she was hanging on to seeNow Danny is left alone wit. So glad to see YA authors are branching out and leaving High School cafeterias behind Can't wait to see where Daisy's talent takes us 3May 29thI always feel awkward when I review books which is very unfortunate since that’s what I do but this time I feel especially inadeuate Because this book was beautiful and heartfelt and all I could think about was WHAT KIND OF CANCER DOES ELIZABETH HAVEReally My mind couldn’t stop swimming around all the possibilities and the possible treatments and then I was just like; tea that cures cancer BS Yeah not my classiest moment but sometimes I get carried away because I want everyone to win against cancer and I want to do everything possible and use ever single drug that’s been proven works I couldn’t concentrate I couldn’t stop thinking what they could have done to save Elizabeth I was a mess of feelings but not for the right reasons I thinkBut then when Danny Elizabeth’s son learns about the reason why Holland left him; I stopped breathed in and it was like I saw the story with different eyes a new light was shed over the pages I started to get the real point of the storyThat’s when my heart started breaking because when your mom dies omg I can’t even Danny’s inconsolable I was too; cancer’s an awful thing but when the person you love most in the world has it how are you suppose to function still I am fortunate enough to have my mom with me thank God but I still got Danny’s pain felt it like it was my own and grieved right along with him like it was my lostDespite all the sadness this book brought to my life and believe me it was a lot there were some awesome aspects to it too The most amazing of them all was definitely Japan Now I’ve never been one of those girls obsessed with Japanese stuff before this book I haven’t even considered ever visiting there but I had another thing coming because Japan sounds awesome The Karaoke All the crazy colors The fun merchandise It sounds like I could be one happy gal over there Also I love boy point of views and I personally think Daisy Whitney nailed it I totally believed Danny’s voice he didn’t seem like he was trying too hard at being all macho and ‘I’m a man erase all doubt’ he was teenage boy confused not only because his mom just died or because he is now an orphan or because the big secret Holland kept from him it was everything that rolled into a big ball of destruction that crushed the life out of him The real magic came when we got to see Danny rising from the ashes with the help of a city where dreams come true

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H only his memories When You PDFEPUBhis dog and his heart breaking ex girlfriend for company He doesn't know how to figure out what to do with her estate what to say for his Valedictorian speech let alone how to live or be happy anyWhen he gets a letter from his mom's property manager in Tokyo where she had been going for treatment it shows a side of his mother he never knew So with no other sense of direction D. I didn't really find anything wrong about the book plot wise and even writing wise In fact it's kind of an original story about a young man trying to find himself back after losing everyone he loves especially his mom who has just passed away recently Suddenly he decides a visit to Japan in the hopes of understanding his mom better to find answers to some of his uestions There is even diversity in the characters and the setting so it's kind of puzzling why I didn't like the book as much as I thought I wouldI couldn't pinpoint exactly though what went wrong but maybe it's the overall lack of emotional impact because as far as I'm concerned the subject of the book alone is already supposed to be full of emotions I'm supposed to be empathizing with Danny as he goes through his grieving process but mostly I got angst and privilege and self indulgence It's a real deal breaker when the character is already unlikable and also difficult to connect toBut still like I said it isn't bad at all It's still worth a read The other characters especially Kana Holland and even the dog are likable enough to compensate for Danny's flaws Lol And just check the list of cons I enumerated above

characters When You Were Here

When You Were HereAnny travels to Tokyo to connect with his mother's memory and make sense of her final months which seemed filled with joy than Danny ever knew There among the cherry blossoms temples and crowds and with the help of an almost but definitely not Harajuku girl he begins to see how it may not have been ancient magic or mystical treatment that kept his mother going Perhaps the secret of how to live lies in how she di. As far as Young Adult and New Adult is concerned When You Were Here has so much to offer Whitney has broken free of the constraints these two genres seem to impale and created a novel that really has so much to love From the beginning itself the grief of Danny our narrator is so palpable Not only has Danny's mother recently passed away after a long five year battle with cancer but his father was killed in a car crash years back and he is now alone With graduation looming around the corner Danny is reminded of his mother and her loss even especially as his graduation was what she lived for And ultimately couldn't see Now Danny is simply seeking answers both of his mother's life and his own uite simply Danny cannot understand how his mother who was dying could be so happy when he well and truly alive cannot be And this is such a beautiful idea to explore I feel as if life is always throwing us curves testing us to our limits and this uestion this unattainable answer of happiness is forever crossing our minds Or at least mind at any rate As such to see Danny attempt to answer this in his own way on a trip to Tokyo the city he loves was a truly beautiful journey Danny is grieving he is sarcastic he is in pain and yet he is curious and his love for Tokyo and its culture and lifestyle is so palpable Everything about the setting of this novel including the people Danny meets there who soon become his friends are so vividly written and portrayed Whitney's characters are fleshed out and solid the type of people who have flaws and are still loved And they all have their back stories their pasts their problems And they're all still sticking it out each day at a time For me this is where my issues with this novel begin to emerge While I appreciate the efforts Whitney took in creating such stark and realistic characters I do feel as if our exposure to them was too minimal Danny's sister for instance who is adopted shares a gripping story of her own growth and acceptance into finding herself in her Chinese roots Clearly while this is important to Danny that importance is never felt to the reader for her screen time is so short Even the characters who did play a greater role such as Kana the Japanese girl Danny befriends remain static upon the page because despite their depth and impact on Danny their influence is never fully felt emotionally And yet When You Were Here does have its emotional moments Danny himself undergoes a slow creeping growth that though concluding in a neat epiphany was very well written Holland though had the story that drew me in the deepest Danny has had a massive crush on Holland his neighbor and the daughter of his mother's best friend ever since he was young With carefully timed flashbacks and present day scenes their love story is built up from its nascence to its sudden end Surprisingly though the romance is subtle never resorting to meaningless drama and proving to be rather poignant overall Even the sex scenes the few of them that lie in this book are awkward and realistic making me adore this novel for the places it was willing to go and the boundaries it was willing to climb overStill the fact remains that in the end When You Were Here didn't do a whole lot for me It was a uick and memorable read one that managed to pack a punch in its short pages but sadly not enough of a punch Whitney's novel has been compared to Forman's Where She Went and while I believe that fans of Forman will find much to love in Whitney's latest the two novels are vastly dissimilar Where Forman's work is marketed as a romance proving to be an in depth analysis on a young man as he comes to terms with himself and his life Whitney's novel is really about a young manand so many people too Danny's story was not the all consuming emotional investment I expected it to be Granted it's a lovely book full of tales that will likely influence many readers but it didn't do much for me simply because I wanted from it And the fault most definitely lies with me I am not an easy reader to please On that count When You Were Here is a beautiful edition to your shelves LOOK at that cover and a touching novel with unforgettable characters Just don't expect too much from it and it will likely deliver the full impact you want it to