Author: Carol Rifka Brunt
Description: 1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life - someone who will help her to heal and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.
At Finn’s funeral, June notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd. A few days later, she receives a package in the mail. Inside is a beautiful teapot she recognizes from Finn’s apartment and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking for an opportunity to meet. As the two begin to spend time together, June realizes she’s not the only one who misses Finn, and if she can bring herself to trust this unexpected friend, he just might be the one she needs the most. (via Goodreads)
Thoughts: I had heard quite a bit about this book over the last few years and had this one on my mind for quite a number of years. And once I had finished the book, I really had quite enjoyed the book. I liked how the author made Greta's feelings surrounding her uncle's death very realistic, as I felt that I could myself in Greta's shoes and could feel her reaction to her uncle's death quite different than how her sister and mom dealt with his death.
Bottom line: This probably was one of my more memorable books of 2015 and quite enjoyed the read. I can't really express how I felt my book, as there was a lot of emotion that lay below the surface and didn't disappoint me as a reader and I would recommend the book to others that enjoy coming of age stories. Highly recommended.