Full disclosure, this author, Jen Petro-Roy, is an acquaintance. And she is an absolutely lovely person.
P.S. I Miss You is beautifully written and addresses so many pre-teen issues, I wish it had been around when I was in Middle School. We're in the midst of a great time period where race and sexual orientation are addressed in every way so that every child can identify with a character. That is a fabulous and much needed thing. But what Petro-Roy does that I truly needed in Middle School is she allows her character to question religion.
I was raised Roman Catholic. I was married in the church. I plan for my children to be baptized in the church. I'm proud of who I am and the traditions my family has based around our religion. But I questioned my faith a lot, especially in middle school and high school.
Obviously Religion is a touchy subject. but, just as with all the topics Petro-Roy addresses (sexual orientation, first crushes, family dynamics, lying), she handles it with grace and with an appropriate attitude for a young character.
Controversial topics aside, this is a wonderful story. Evie is an easy character for kids to relate to. She writes letters to her older sister who was sent away from home when she got pregnant. The letter format is easy and enjoyable to read. We follow Evie through a year of her sister's absence and watch as she make an important new frien and tries to find herself. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll roll your eyes and you might even yell at a character or two, but you'll love Evie none the less and you'll devour her story.