Nina LaCour is a master of making me cry. No, sob.
“I'm learning that it's good to think about what scares you. To bring it into the light. Even to hold it in your hands, if you can, and feel how it can't hurt you anymore. To think of it and say, 'I am not afraid.”
If that quote alone doesn’t make you want to break into tears and snuggle up with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s in a warm blanket, petting your cat then I don’t know what will.
There’s a loneliness to the main character, Mika, that is recognizable and heartfelt. The sense of self pity that resonates throughout this novel will hurt everyone that reads it, perhaps striking a cord in those that have dealt with loss and pain.
Watch Over Me is a poignant novel that reflects grief and pain through loving eyes, a hard and intriguing thing to do. I will be picking up all of Nina LaCour’s other novels and devouring them!