If you’re looking for a tearjerker of a book , I highly recommend Marthe Jocelyn’s Would You. It’s a very short book and an easy read, but it packs an emotional punch. I had to clean my glasses of tear residue when I finished reading this one.
Would You begins with a question: “Would you rather know what’s going to happen? Or not know?” Natalie and her friends play this “would you” game with different scenarios. “Would you rather have your father sing at the supermarket or your mother fart in the principal’s office?” “Would you rather lose all your hair or all your teeth?” “Would you rather die or have everyone else die?” It’s all a game and a way to get conversations going until something happens that changes everything.
Natalie’s group of friends is looking forward to the summer before their senior year in high school. Natalie wants to spend some time with her older sister Claire before she leaves for college. Claire and Natalie share everything with each other, and Natalie is having a difficult time coming to terms with the reality of Claire leaving. Little does she know that reality is about to become even more difficult.
On a warm Saturday evening, Claire is hit by a car. She is in a coma, and no one knows if she’ll ever come out of it. Natalie knew she would have to deal with her sister leaving, but she didn’t think it would be this way. What can she do? Is there any hope? Would you rather have a sister who dies or one in a vegetative state? Natalie has to answer these questions and figure out how to live without the most important person in her world.
If you’ve got siblings, Would You might force you to think about your own reactions in the situations presented in the book. I don’t think I could handle much of anything if something were to happen to my sister. Just thinking about it is enough to bring on the waterworks and give me a tight feeling in my chest. Like I said, Would You is a tearjerker. If you decide to read it, make sure you have plenty of tissues nearby.