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.
I don't know what to say about this book.
know how sometimes you think something but there's no way you can put
it into words? Either it's way too embarrassing and you'd never, ever
articulate it to another living soul. Ever. Or it's just so natural, so
ingrained in you that you've never felt the need to articulate it; It's
just how things are and, of course, everyone knows that. Why wouldn't
they? Well this book did that. I found myself reading things in this
book that I know I've done but would never even think to put into words.
Or that were so real that I don't even know how Rifka Brunt got the
words out onto paper. It's like the author could just reach into a
person's soul and know exactly what's going on in there without even
It was amazing.
At first the book made me
nervous. I didn't know what to expect. It was labeled romance so I was
expecting a typical romance. But I don't think I would label it that at
all. It's all its own. It's more a coming-of-age story than a romance,
for sure. There's no real romance in it.
The plot moved and
twisted in ways I didn't expect. The characters unraveled in a
believable fashion and everything that happened was so normal. And yet
it wasn't. I could have been June. And yet I know I never could have
been. The writing was just that good. Man, it was good! I already miss
There was very little language and no sex--actually, no real romancey-things at all--but there was a lot of smoking and teenage drinking.
Sexual Content: Mild