Soul still here? Meet Me at the River, by Nina de Gramont (book review)

book cover of Meet Me at the River by Nina de Gramont published by Atheneum Books for Young ReadersMoving past grief means leaving Luke behind.
Tressa just can’t do that,
but she can’t find peace among the living either.

I read this novel beside a mountain stream in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains close to Telluride, near Luke’s fictional hometown of Rabbitbush, and I could easily imagine him hiking with Tressa on the slippery trail which ended their hopes and dreams – eerie!

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Book info: Meet Me at the River / Nina de Gramont. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013 (paperback 2014).  [author site]  [publisher site]  Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.

My book talk: No one wanted Luke and Tressa to be together, but how can she go on living in this small mountain town without him?

Her free-spirited mom couldn’t endure staying in her Colorado hometown, so swept toddler Tressa away from her father to roam the world.

Suddenly planted back in Rabbitbush, teenage Tressa finds love with her stepbrother Luke, hostility from his former girlfriend, and challenges from their teachers – until her happiness is swept away by a raging mountain stream.

Why can’t she touch Luke when he visits her at night?
Why can’t she move on with her life?
Why can’t she remember what happened on their hike that fatal day?

Grief, hope, love, and loss thread through this story of finding a place in your heart for the unexpected.  (One of 6,000 books recommended on

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