The story begins in 1986. Sisters June and Greta are sitting for a portrait their artist uncle, Finn, is painting of them. This is Finn’s final work of art because he is dying of AIDS. Now that she and her sister have drifted apart, fourteen-year-old June feels like Finn is the only person in her life that really understands her. After his death, June finds solace in a surprising acquaintance and realizes she’s not the only one lost without Finn. This is a tender story of love, the confusing emotions that come with being a teenager, and the distance that can come between families.
This was a twist on the all-too-common story of two sisters who grew apart and the emotional roller coaster of being a teenager. It also demonstrates the fear and ignorance about AIDS in the 1980’s. It was full of raw emotion and made me cringe in some parts and tear up in others. I would recommend this to adults looking for a thought-provoking, emotional realistic fiction.
4 out of 5 stars