Just Like That

Just Like That

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In this poignant, perceptive, witty novel, Gary D. Schmidt brings authenticity and emotion to multiple plot strands, weaving in themes of grief, loss, redemption, achievement, and love. Following the death of her closest friend in summer 1968, Meryl Lee Kowalski goes off to St. Elene's Preparatory Academy for Girls, where she struggles to navigate the venerable boarding school's traditions and a social structure heavily weighted toward students from wealthy backgrounds. In a parallel story, Matt Coffin has wound up on the Maine coast near St. Elene's with a pillowcase full of money lifted from the leader of a criminal gang, fearing the gang's relentless, destructive pursuit. Both young people gradually dispel their loneliness, finding a way to be hopeful and also finding each other.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 38.1mm | 498.95g
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • 0544084772
  • 9780544084773
  • 635,278

Review quote

"Alternating between poignantm oments of humor, melancholy, and occasional suspense, Schmidt sensitively explores the various ways grief has of bringing people together." - Kirkus, STARRED review "An unforgettable story of loss, healing, and finding one's way." -Booklist, STARRED review
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About Gary D Schmidt

Gary D. Schmidt is the best-selling author of Pay Attention, Carter Jones; Orbiting Jupiter; the Newbery Honor and Printz Honor book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy; the Newbery Honor book The Wednesday Wars; and Okay for Now. He is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. hmhbooks.com/schmidt
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Rating details

544 ratings
4.47 out of 5 stars
5 58% (315)
4 33% (180)
3 8% (42)
2 1% (6)
1 0% (1)
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