When I Was Older by Garret Freymann-Weyr

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Sophie Merdinger is convinced that she’s a “wretched daughter, a nonexistent girlfriend, and a sister who can’t remember one tiny thing about her brother.” Two years ago her little brother, Erhart, died of leukemia, and Sophie finds her memories of him fading. And she can’t seem to forgive her father for having an affair while Erhart was dying. Added to all of this, Sophie is trying to handle the normal pains and confusions of adolescence.
Enter Francis. With a dead mother, a teardrop tattooed on his face, and a curiosity that is almost nosy, he has a lot to teach Sophie about losing someone and saving memories. But things get confusing when Sophie realizes that Francis wants to be more than friends. Is she finally ready to let go of the past? In this memorable novel, Garret Freymann-Weyr presents us with the unique story of one girl’s attempt to understand life, death, and the time that passes in between.
 

About Garret Freymann-Weyr

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Garret Freymann-Weyr grew up in New York City and often sets her books there. She went to college at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and received an MFA in film from New York University. She has written four books for young adults, including My Heartbeat, which won a Printz Honor for excellence in literature for young adults. Her books have been published in numerous countries including the Netherlands, Japan, and China. She currently lives outside Washington, D. C., with her husband. She has said that the best way to get ideas is to read a lot. ?That gets you thinking in terms of story, character, and image.
 
Published August 28, 2000 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 176 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this exceptional novel about the grief process, Sophie comes through as a unique but very real character.

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Fifteen-year-old Sophie leads a well-regulated life of studying, swim practices and daily ""on purpose"" memories of her younger brother, who died of leukemia when she was 12.

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A 15-year-old leads a well-regulated life of studying, swim practices and daily "on purpose" memories of her younger brother, who died of leukemia when she was 12.

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