Summary from Goodreads
Death should never meet the young. But it did. Thanks to my brother, death made fourteen new friends that day. Maybe even fifteen, if you count Charlie.
At sixteen, Sam Macmillan is supposed to be thinking about girls, homework and his upcoming application to music college, not picking up the pieces after the school shooting that his brother Charlie committed.
Yet as Sam desperately tries to hang on to the memories he has of his brother, the media storm surrounding their family threatens to destroy everything. And Sam has to question all he thought he knew about life, death, right and wrong.
Paperback, 222 pages
Published October 20th 2016 by Harlequin Mira Ink HarperCollins
My Top 5 Fiction Books by ND Gomes
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens – I read this book every Christmas, starting at the end of November, and every year I look forward to it. I’ve collected so many different versions over the years, including one with a copy of Dickens’ original hand-written manuscript which I picked up at a used book store. It provokes so many emotions – nostalgia, love for family, hope.
Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen – Another classic read, and one that was really was progressive for its time; funny, even sarcastic at times, while challenging social hierarchy and gender inequality.
Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro – This was beautifully written, and I literally couldn’t put it down. I read it in one day. Haunting and thought-provoking, it left me questioning the advances in biological science, genetic modifications in farming, and research into cloning.
Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling – who doesn’t have this in their top 5 book list?? Enough said.
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett – I read this as a child and it really sparked my imagination, and drove me to read a lot through my childhood. Because of this book, I immersed myself in Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl and Beatrix Potter.
About the Author
N.D. Gomes was born in Scotland and graduated from the University of Stirling with a BA in Media & Journalism Studies, and went on to receive her Master’s degree in Education in the US. She currently works in a public school system to increase educational opportunities for students with special needs. Previously, N.D. Gomes wrote for the London-based online student political magazine, deAlign and stage-managed student plays at the LeeStrasberg Theatre Institute in New York City where she attended for two years. She currently divides her time between the US and Scotland, but hopes to spend more time at her cottage in Hay-on-Wye in Wales. Dear Charlie is her debut novel.
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