Before my older sister Francesca died, I worked at the bakery and wrote songs, but now I write lists. Lists like ten reasons why it’s my fault Francesca’s dead, or five reasons why I should try and win Howie back, or one reason why I need to stop lying to everyone, including myself.
Wish I Could Have Said Goodbye is an extraordinary novel about one family’s struggle to make sense of their world after losing a family member to addiction. Through sixteen-year-old Carmella’s eyes, we witness the courage and strength it takes to overcome the consequences of grief, guilt and co-dependency. WIth conviction and determination, Carmella shows us what can happen when we’re open to love, feel the pain of our loss, and find the courage to accept the truth of our lives.
I liked Carmella. She doesn’t know how to live without her sister and best friend, Francesca. She feels guilty for her death and is scared to open up about it. I wanted her to talk to her parents or Anna or anyone, she just keeps so much bottled up inside her. She isn’t trying to move on with her life. She wears black everyday and is just hiding from her life. She grows up through the course of the book and realizes how she is different from her sister.
I liked the writing really very much. It’s simple and I think a good author is one who could give depth to the simplest of words.
The romance is the best thing about the book. I wouldn’t have liked the book so much if it wasn’t for Howie. Also, the writing is perfect. I will be looking forward to more books by the author.