When Karl's girlfriend wants him to tell her how he feels, he can't find the words. Desperate to please the girl he can't believe likes him, he finds her favorite author and begs him for help. What happens next is the development of a friendship between an awkward teen and a lonely elderly author.
I've read a lot of YA literature, but I don't think I've ever read a book quite like this one. The development is slow but meaningful. As the author helps Karl by writing letters for him, he finds something to fill the hole that has been growing since the death of his wife. As Karl tries to express how he feels for Fiorella, he begins to deal with his repressed emotions from his father's death. The unlikely duo find they need each other to find themselves.
This book is missing the action, romance, and "glitter" that so many YA books have, but it makes up for it in a deep look at life and its heartache and triumph.
I am not sure how teens will react to the book, but those who ride out the slow ride will walk away with some food for thought.
I received this book in exchange for my review. My thoughts are my own.