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NOVEMBER 9, 2012
A Book We Love: One For Sorrow

One For SorrowOne for Sorrow by Christopher Barzak is one of those interesting novels that publishers have trouble classifying. Its characters are mostly teenagers and it reads like a young adult novel, but it has been marketed to adults ever since its publication back in 2008. The book itself is also a ghost story, a coming-of-age tale, and an examination of a family on the verge of falling apart. Adam McCormick has inherited his grandmother’s paranormal abilities, a fact he discovers when he befriends the ghost of a recently murdered classmate named Jamie Marks. Soon he is torn between local girl and the ghost of a boy who attracts him. Barzak has a gift for storytelling, allowing his narrator to engage in fascinating introspections without sacrificing pace. An interesting cross between A Catcher in the Rye and The Lovely Bones, One for Sorrow is definitely one to enjoy.

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