Sixteen year old Krista is still grieving the untimely death of her mother when her father’s new girlfriend moves into their home. He’s already moved on and wants Krista to do the same, but she’s not ready to resume a normal life yet. Distancing herself from those around her, Krista spends all of her time obsessively watching a mysterious house, the house at 758.
When a fellow classmate, Jake, takes a sudden interest in her, Krista feels excited for the first time in two years, but feelings of guilt consume her, and she ends up pushing Jake away. It isn’t until her grandfather makes a surprise visit from Venezuela that Krista is finally able to confront her grief and begin to let things go.
After only being available in Spanish, it’s good to see a publishing house realized what a moving story this was and deserved a shot in the English-language market so more people can have their heart broken and healed by Berla’s talent.
Particularly with everything going on in the world right now, grief is becoming a mainstay of the human conscious and Berla shows how different people handle tragic events with no right or wrong way to move through the process. She has created an emotionally moving piece that could have been just another sorrowful story but she manages through some uplifting character work to turn it into something heartwarming and educational by showcasing trauma through the balance of love and family.
By examining tragic experiences from another’s perspective it added this whole other dimension of beauty and healing. As a parent I found the story uplifting as it reminded me that parents and kids heal from the same situation differently and come out with different needs so we should be respectful and understanding that how I process things as an adult and what I want to do to move on isn’t necessarily going to work for my kids so I should give them the space to find what will.
Berla’s story was so rooted in realism you could easily walk away from this book and apply some of the character lessons to the world around us in hopes of helping others.
Thank you to Netgalley and Amberjack Publishing for allowing me to review this book.
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*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com