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You Will Be Okay Reader Reviews

You Will Be Okay

Amy Nelson

This book makes you feel warmer, and less alone, when you hear about how other people have felt the same things as you.

When my grandfather died, I felt confused, upset and as if no-one else had ever had the same feelings as me. But then I read ‘You will be okay’, and I saw how many people had dealt with worse loss, and how many people had come face-to-face with loss on a similar scale to me. The author really explains how to make and then use a ‘grief mindset’. I love the way she describes your ‘land of loss’ as sad and mossy, and then your own unique ‘land of rebuilding’. And how you can swing between the lands to get used to them, grow alongside them and rebuild the hole in your life. It makes you feel warmer, and less alone, when you hear about how other people have felt the same things as you, and how you can use the same coping techniques as them. I found it helpful that the author recommends when you should let go, and when you should hold on. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who is grieving someone close to them.

Isabella Tse

This book helps you to deal with grief. It has lots of stories about children who have lost someone important in their lives and gives you strategies to work through how you are feeling.

This book tells you how to deal with grief. It has suggestions such as making a Memory Box where you can put in photos, mementos of the person who died and a notebook that you fill in with information about them. You can also create a digital part to the box with photos and videos which remind you of them.

In the book there are stories about children who have experienced grief. I liked these accounts because if you are grieving and you read these stories, you would feel comforted knowing that others have felt how you feel. My favourite story is about Liam. His PE teacher saw he was not doing well in school and realised something was wrong. When Liam said he was fine, what he meant was he felt fed up, isolated, nervous, and exhausted. The PE teacher spoke to Liam and Liam felt he could trust him and told him about his grandad who had died. The PE teacher gave Liam pieces of card where he could write memories like the happiest day he spent with his grandad and what he wished he could do with him if he was alive and what made him feel proud about his grandad. The result was that Liam was able to talk about his dad leaving home without feeling so angry and able to talk about his grandad.

I would give this book 5/5

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526363893
Publication date: 19th August 2021
Author: Julie Stokes
Publisher: Wren & Rook an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Death / Bereavement, Divorce