The Grief Keeper

By: Alexandra Villasante

Seventeen-year-old Marisol has always dreamed of being American, learning what Americans and the US are like from television and Mrs. Rosen, an elderly expat who had employed Marisol’s mother as a maid. When she pictured an American life for herself, she dreamed of a life like Aimee and Amber’s, the title characters of her favorite American TV show. She never pictured fleeing her home in El Salvador under threat of death and stealing across the US border as “an illegal”, but after her brother is murdered and her younger sister, Gabi’s, life is also placed in equal jeopardy, she has no choice, especially because she knows everything is her fault. If she had never fallen for the charms of a beautiful girl named Liliana, Pablo might still be alive, her mother wouldn’t be in hiding and she and Gabi wouldn’t have been caught crossing the border.
But they have been caught and their asylum request will most certainly be denied. With truly no options remaining, Marisol jumps at an unusual opportunity to stay in the United States. She’s asked to become a grief keeper, taking the grief of another into her own body to save a life. It’s a risky, experimental study, but if it means Marisol can keep her sister safe, she will risk anything. She just never imagined one of the risks would be falling in love, a love that may even be powerful enough to finally help her face her own crushing grief.
The Grief Keeper is a tender tale that explores the heartbreak and consequences of when both love and human beings are branded illegal.

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ISBN: 9780525514022

JLG Release: Sep 2019


Sensitive Areas: Homophobic slur, Mild sexual themes, Sexual assault, Strong language, Violence
Topics: Sisters , Illegal aliens , Emigration and immigration , Deportation , Grief , Human experimentation in medicine , Lesbians , Love , Asylum seekers , Gang violence , El Salvador

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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 c 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. This book will attract those looking for a sci-fi read incorporating all types of love.

Book Details

ISBN

9780525514022

First Release

September 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

[Fic]

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

320

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level HL610L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

G.P. Putnam's Sons

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Homophobic slur, Mild sexual themes, Sexual assault, Strong language, Violence

Topics

Sisters, Illegal aliens, Emigration and immigration, Deportation, Grief, Human experimentation in medicine, Lesbians, Love, Asylum seekers, Gang violence, El Salvador,

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