{Friends for Life: Andrew Norriss}

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{Friends for Life: Andrew Norriss}Friends for Life by Andrew Norriss
Published by Scholastic Press on August 25, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Death & Dying, Drama, Family, Friendship, Mental Illness, Motivational & Inspirational, Paranormal, Social Issues, YA Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 245
Format: ARC
Source: Scholastic Press
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5 Stars

A timeless and uplifting book about friendship, filled with humor and heart.

When Jessica sits next to Francis on a bench during recess, he's surprised to learn that she isn't actually alive--she's a ghost. And she's surprised, too, because Francis is the first person who has been able to see her since she died.

Before long, Francis and Jessica are best friends, enjoying life more than they ever have. When they meet two more friends who can also see Jessica, the question arises: What is it that they have in common? And does it have something to do with Jessica being a ghost?

{My Thoughts} –  This book is about four teenagers and a ghost.

Francis is a boy that has always been considered as different by his peers. His peers have always looked at him in a way that made him decide that making friends wasn’t worth it and that he’d just continue on with his hobby.

Andi is another teen that is going through a hard time at school. Her peers didn’t like her and she would constantly get into fights. She was too much of a boy to get along with girls, but because she was a girl she didn’t get along with the boys. It made fitting in for her to be rather difficult.

Rolland refuses to go to school because his peers constantly make fun of him. He weighs more then the average teenager and because of that, it is very difficult for his peers to look past his image and allow themselves to get to know him.

Lorna is a teen that gets made fun of so badly in school that she decides to take matters into her own hands.

Jessica is a ghost. She has wondered the earth for one year without being able to talk to anyone. Now all that has changed. The question however is, why can she now communicate with some individuals while others still have no idea she is there.

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I really enjoyed reading this book. There are so many aspects within the pages where I Was able to relate to the characters and what they were feeling. I was even able to relate to many of the thoughts that they had been having in regards to their situations. I have been trying to decide how to write this review, because I honestly don’t think it will give the book justice. However, I do think that the author was spot on with how he’d written about all the situations and the characters thoughts. This was one page turner that I am sure I will probably come back and revisit again in the future.

I highly recommend this book for any child/ teen that is being bullied at school. I also think that this would be a good book for those children that are incredibly depressed. It has a lot of information within the pages that can help a child or teen when or if they are ever in a place where they feel like they are no longer in control of their lives. I strongly believe that this should be a book on every schools required reading list because it does have a great many things that can help any child/ teen to look at things in a different perspective. When you think about it that is all it takes, a change of perspective to change someone’s life.