The Grief Keeper

Putnam. Jun. 2019. 320p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780525514022.
Gr 9 Up–What happens when an undocumented immigrant gets caught? With nowhere else to go, Marisol, who is denied asylum, gets pulled into being a psychological test subject for the U.S. government. Marisol becomes the vessel in which the CTS (corticotropin transfer system) takes place, otherwise known as the grief keeper, an experimental study on how one can take on another’s shame, regret, anxiety, and grief—a useful tool for the military soldiers coming back with post-traumatic stress disorder. This hauntingly beautiful story is written in first person and dives into the themes of love and heartbreak. It deals with social issues revolving around female/female love and flawed immigration policies. Although the novel is written with simple language, every topic is tastefully handled and woven into the story. The straightforward style gives younger readers a foot in the door into the themes discussed. In the end it’s truly about a girl coming to terms with her life and the pain she has gone through, learning not to be ashamed, and discovering how to love.
VERDICT This book will attract those looking for a sci-fi read incorporating all types of love

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