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Thursday, May 10, 2018

The House at 758 by Kathryn Berla - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Sixteen-year-old Krista misses her mother. She isn't ready for family life to resume, but her father has asked his girlfriend to move in. Krista and Marie aren't getting along and Krista sleeps in a tent on the garage roof instead of in her bedroom. She can't bear sharing her home with a woman who isn't her mother. She's still mourning the loss of her mother and isn't ready to start living normally again. Instead she drives to the house at 758 every day, parking in front of it and keeping an eye on what happens inside.

Krista's best friend is spending the summer with her grandparents. That means Krista is on her own. She doesn't have any other friends, being social is too difficult. She's surprised when Jake, someone she knows from school, wants to hang out with her. Is she ready to do something fun or will she mess it up because of the emotional turmoil inside of her? To get Krista out of her tent her father asks her to drive her grandfather around during his visit. Krista can't talk to her father or Marie, but maybe spending time with her grandfather and Jake will finally give her a chance to get a grip on her sadness?

The House at 758 is a beautiful moving story. Krista is in so much pain, she doesn't know what to do with herself. I had tears in my eyes when I read her story and was impressed by the amount of depth Kathryn Berla has managed to put into it. Krista is a sweet and smart girl, but life is hard. She's desperate and doesn't know how to handle her emotions. Because her father seems to have moved on and forces Krista to do the same it's even harder for her to deal with everything that comes her way. I kept hoping she'd find a little ray of sunshine, so she could start working on her grief.

Kathryn Berla's vivid writing makes The House at 758 come to life in a fantastic way. I could feel Krista's pain and loved how raw and real her emotions are. I admired the honest way Kathryn Berla writes about tragedy. The House at 758 isn't gloomy though, there's hope and light in the story as well. When Krista starts making connections with others again, she slowly climbs out of the deep hole of despair she was in and I loved seeing her grow. Her journey is a slow, but rewarding one. The House at 758 is a brilliant story, I was amazed by this book and highly recommend it.

Advice

If you love emotional YA you don't want to miss The House at 758.

About Kathryn Berla


Believer in love at first sight and happily ever after. I like the idea of cats but prefer the reality of dogs. Sometimes bumper stickers get it right. Mean people really do suck.

I write about whatever interests me or makes me happy. B.A. in English Literature from University of California, Berkeley. Resident of the practically perfect San Francisco Bay Area.

Family + Friends + Writing + Reading = me

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7 comments:

  1. I love the cover! Very unusual.Great review too!

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  2. This looks like an interesting read xx

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  3. I love the theme of this story, right up my street!
    Well done Kathryn.

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  4. The House at 758 sounds like a beautiful coming-of-age story tackling the longer-term impacts of loss, grief and moving forward.

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  5. Michelle FergusonMay 16, 2018 at 8:43 PM

    This looks like a lovely book, even if it looks like a bit of a weepy

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  6. Oh that poor girl. Growing up can be so hard sometimes; thank heavens most of us find the support we need to move on.

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