Monday, September 27, 2021

REVIEW: You'd Be Home Now by Kathleen Glascow


If you're looking for a novel that will punch in you in the heart with all of the feels, run, don't walk to your nearest bookseller and grab You'd Be Home Now. This novel hooked me within the first sentences and didn't let me go. The story of Emmy and her family and her life in high school felt so relatable; even though I'm decades from my own personal experience, I definitely recognize so many versions of this in that of my students and my daughters. 

Kathleen Glascow captured those feelings of being invisible or of being isolated, the burdens of addiction and secrets, and the desire to protect those you love, even if it may be detrimental to you that I found myself tearing up many times. She put you right there with Emmy and you couldn't help but feel her anxiety, her sadness, her desire, and her hope as it poured out on the page. 

Now that I've found Kathleen Glascow, I'm going to be reading her earlier two novels with no doubt that I'm going to find myself tearful and fulfilled by the time I get to "the end".


From the New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces comes a raw, deeply personal story about a town ravaged by the opioid crisis, and a teenaged girl struggling to find herself amidst the fallout of her brother's addiction.

For all of Emory's life she's been told who she is. In town she's the rich one--the great-great-granddaughter of the mill's founder. At school she's hot Maddie Ward's younger sister. And at home, she's the good one, her stoner older brother Joey's babysitter. Everything was turned on its head, though, when she and Joey were in the car accident that killed Candy MontClaire. The car accident that revealed just how bad Joey's drug habit was.

Four months later, Emmy's junior year is starting, Joey is home from rehab, and the entire town of Mill Haven is still reeling from the accident. Everyone's telling Emmy who she is, but so much has changed, how can she be the same person? Or was she ever that person at all?

Mill Haven wants everyone to live one story, but Emmy's beginning to see that people are more than they appear. Her brother, who might not be "cured," the popular guy who lives next door, and most of all, many "ghostie" addicts who haunt the edges of the town. People spend so much time telling her who she is--it might be time to decide for herself.

A journey of one sister, one brother, one family, to finally recognize and love each other for who they are, not who they are supposed to be, You'd Be Home Now is Kathleen Glasgow's glorious and heartbreaking story about the opioid crisis, and how it touches all of us. 

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