||Puddletown Publishing Group
||May 20, 2011
The relationship between Eric and Glynnie goes from butting heads to grudging friendship to something more...
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While Eric tries to use football to bury the pain of the death of his father, Glynnie helps him learn to grieve and open his heart again.
Eric used to think he'd live forever, but not any more. Now football season is about to start, and Eric hopes he can live life normally again after the death of his father through his participation in the sport. He doesn't yet realize that he is angry with his father for dying. Eric's refusal to truly face his grief results in unexpected feelings such as anger at his coach, increased fights with his sister, resentment of added responsibilities in helping his mother, and disillusionment with football. He even gets into a fight with his best friend, Rolf, who never fights anyone. Eric rails against his mother's friendship with Paul Lindquist, his father's business partner, and he's suspicious of the guy in a black pickup who keeps showing up around town. He's also ticked that even his coach seems a little too interested in his mother. It takes a special relationship with Glynnie, who is dealing with the divorce of her parents to see that the only way to get through his grief is by grieving.
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I slid the DVD into the player and wondered if I had the nerve to watch.
My finger rested on the remote. Usually I would have watched this thing fifty times in the past couple of weeks.
"Crap, just do it." I pressed the play button. Suddenly, there I was, watching myself playing football. It was just last fall, but it seemed like a million years ago. In a way, it kind of was.
I couldn't believe how skinny I looked. Not that being six-two and one-hundred-eighty pounds is usually considered all that puny, but for an inside linebacker who wants to play college football, it is.
I watched our game against the Agates. We beat them ten-zip. Coach Pickett said our defense was the best he'd seen all season. We overplayed the pass a couple times and got burned on the run once for forty yards, but we hung on and held them scoreless.
I watched myself run around the field and wondered if I could ever get so fired up again. Was that really me charging the running back, about to tackle him and make him fumble the ball?
Then it happened. The ball popped out of the back's hands, the crowd roared—and I heard it. My father's voice.
My breath froze in my throat.
I always heard my Dad yell when I made a big play. He'd let out a scream as loud as thunder. But I forgot I'd hear his voice now. I hadn't heard it in four months.
Not since Dad died.
I coughed to get rid of the icy lump in my throat and hit the pause button.
"Oooh!" My sister, Kirstin, bounced into the room and eyed the still picture. She had to know what I was watching, and why, and the significance of it, but all she said was "Reliving your glory days, Eric?"
"Just shut up!" I lunged for her as she made a run for it. I almost grabbed her long braid of silvery-blond hair, thick as the climbing rope in P.E., but I tripped over the cat. Before I knew it Kirstin flew out the door.
A Gifted Writer
Ann Herrick is a gifted writer that artfully takes the reader into the adolescent heart and mind. In her most recent young adult novel, The Farewell Season, viewpoint character Eric grapples with his grieving for his father. His struggles are poignant and bittersweet, with touches of humor. Ann Herrick is a master of portraying both the darkness and the light.
This story is also one that both fans of football and people who are not sports fans would enjoy.
Bravo, Ann Herrick!
Sydell Voeller, Author; Writing Instructor, The Long Ridge Writers Group
Don't most young people think they'll live forever? And when someone close to a teen dies, reality strikes and threatens his or her entire security system.
...Although The Farewell Season addresses a serious subject, it's not a depressing story but one of hope, friendship, understanding, and even humor. Facing our feelings makes us free.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and recommend it highly. This is a timeless tale that will remain with readers to help them through rough times. Ann Herrick's stories never disappoint.
Betty Jo Schuler, Author and Writing Instructor, Writer's Digest University
The Farewell Season was one of those books that has a simple, honest story. It's all about real people experiencing a life-changing event, and how that event affects and shapes them. Eric, his sister, and mother have experienced the kind of loss that most everyone will at some point in their lives...the loss of a loved one. The way Eric deals with his father's loss was very real, and very true to how I would imagine a teenaged boy might react. Ann Herrick did an excellent job showing Eric through his stages of grief. They say that as you progress through those stages, you'll experience many emotions, one of which is anger, maybe some bitterness even. Eric is clearly in that stage at the start of the story. He pushes his family and friends away, isolates himself, snaps at people around him, including his best friend, and his coach. He treats his mother as if it's all her fault. He almost seems to be on a collision course of destruction that could potentially derail him. Enter Glynnie.
Glynnie was one of those quirky characters that you just have to love. She's a little bit of a nerd, ask too many questions, and seems to know exactly how to chip away at Eric's layers of grief. Watching her question him, get under his skin and make him think was so interesting. It seemed like she knew just what to say, just which questions to ask that would goad him and get him to open up without realizing it.
I loved watching Eric grow and change throughout the story as he worked his way through his issues. There aren't that many books of this sort out there that are written from the male perspective, so this was refreshing. I thought Ann Herrick did a great job getting into Eric's head and making his character seem real and believable. All in all, this was an simple, honestly told story that was full of growth and warmth. I would definitely recommend it.
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