I love this novel. In the 7th grade, I somehow managed to get into the accelerate reading program. My teacher, Mrs. Graf, loaned me her copy of Julie Reece Deaver’s “Say Goodnight, “Gracie” to check out. It was a personal favorite of hers. After learning that I fancied stories with more emotional pull and that I had danced for several years, she knew that this was a story I had to read at least once. This was a story that I couldn’t put down and couldn’t get out of my head. Even now, nearly 15 years later, I think of it whenever I think of the books I’ve read in my life that have touched me.
The story is about a girl named Morgan, who has to cope the death of her best friend, Jimmy, in a tragic vehicle accident on his way to pick her up from a dance audition. This story was extremely well-written and one of my all-time favorites. It’s definitely not my usual romantic comedy go-to, but I related to it. I was best friends with a brother and sister from my dance class at the time. I couldn’t imagine what I would have done had I gone through something similar to what Morgan went through. Their friendship was something to admire and I wish I had a friend that I was that close with growing up (minus the whole them dying aspect, of course).
I was so excited earlier today when I found the 20th anniversary edition available on Amazon and made no hesitation to purchase it. I had been looking for it for years. When I read that it had stopped being reproduced, I was devestated. Why I never thought to check sites like Amazon and Half by eBay I’ll never know. I’m glad I thought to check today, though. I can’t wait to reread the book once it gets here!