Owen is me with whiskers. Kevin Henkes is my hero. So I wanted to read Olive's Ocean.
It's an intriguing premise. Martha didn't know Olive well at all, just in passing, before Olive was killed in a car accident. But when Olive's mother delivers a page from Olive's diary, which says how she hoped to get to know Martha better, Martha starts thinking about Olive. Through the summer, Martha spends a lot of time thinking about death and life and what's really important and what isn't. It's really a lot of thinking.
What I noticed is that Martha doesn't have much of a conversation with her friend (Holly). They talk on the phone for a few minutes at the beginning, but it doesn't last long nor amount to much. The whole summer Martha spends talking to her grandmother, family, or occasionally one of the boys nextdoor. But she doesn't have that annoying pre-teen gossipy girl conversation that makes that age so deplorable. (If you don't know what I mean, read a Judy Blume book. I love Judy Blume, but her characters are often like that.)
I don't know. I've decided that there is a lot of juvenile fiction revolving around death (Kira Kira, Walk Two Moons, I don't know what else). And that I don't really connect to it because I don't know anyone who has died. So that's all. It was good, but not special.