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P.S. I Miss You

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P.S. I Miss You

P.S. I MISS YOU is a middle grade novel by newcomer Jen Petro-Roy. It follows Evie, and when her strict Catholic parents find out her older sister Cilla is pregnant, they send Cilla away to live with a distant family member. Evie is torn by this, and her parents forbid her from talking to her sister. Evie, however, decides to talk to her sister anyway, and secretly send Cilla letters. The story tackles a wide variety topics that need to be brought up to children. It covers topics such as grief, religion, sexuality, teen pregnancy and so much more through the eyes of a Catholic girl who has yet to learn about the world around her.

"P.S. I MISS YOU is a heartbreaking novel that introduces important topics in a fresh, new way. It is a fast-paced, captivating read that is perfect for introducing reading to kids."

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed P.S. I MISS YOU. Evie’s voice drove the story, and it’s one of the strongest elements of the novel. Her narration is so raw, so real, that it will bring readers to tears by the time the novel is over. Though we never get to see Evie and Cilla talk to each other much, their relationship with one another is one of the most authentic sibling relationships I have ever read. It celebrates the deep connection these two sisters have and examines their relationship masterfully.

The novel also handles sexuality and religion with elegance. Evie finds herself slowly falling in love with one of her new best friends, June. Evie and June have an extremely adorable romance, one that normalizes romantic female-female relationships while still having a discussion on religion and how it plays a role in someone’s everyday life. P.S. I MISS YOU has the ability to change young LGBTQ+ kids’ lives for the better, especially those who have never read about other LGBTQ+ kids like themselves before.

As for the discussion of teen pregnancy, Evie learns a lot about the complications of pregnancy, abortion and other information through reading books and learning from the things her sister and parents have told her. I think that these issues are something not many young children understand and should be brought up at a younger age. While her parents try to demonize teen pregnancy and blame that as the cause for forcing Evie’s sister to move, Evie learns not to trust everything her parents tell her.

P.S. I MISS YOU is a heartbreaking novel that introduces important topics in a fresh, new way. It is a fast-paced, captivating read that is perfect for introducing reading to kids. Easy to read and well written, this book was something I couldn’t convince myself to put down until finished. I loved P.S. I MISS YOU, for its heavy yet hopeful tone and themes that aren’t brought up enough. This novel manages to tackle these topics with sophistication. If you’re looking for something that will utterly wreck you, then I strongly recommend P.S. I MISS YOU.

Reviewed by Marco M., Teen Board Member on March 26, 2018

P.S. I Miss You
by Jen Petro-Roy