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There are friends we can't imagine living without. Morgan and Jimmy were kids together, whirling around the porch on hot summer days. They've been friends forever, and by now they know each other inside out. They do everything together--from cutting high school to go into the city to coaching each other at dance auditions and acting workshops. They even argue well. A perfec There are friends we can't imagine living without. Morgan and Jimmy were kids together, whirling around the porch on hot summer days. They've been friends forever, and by now they know each other inside out. They do everything together--from cutting high school to go into the city to coaching each other at dance auditions and acting workshops. They even argue well. A perfect friendship. Best friends. For life. So how could life be so right and then be so wrong? After a terrible accident, Morgan suddenly has to face life alone. Without Jimmy around, though, it's like the best part of her has died. How could he do this to her? And why is love so hard? 1989 Recommended Books for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (ALA) 1988 Young Adult Editors' Choices (BL) Young Adult Choices for 1990 (IRA) Children's Books of 1988 (Library of Congress) 1988 Books for the Teen Age (NY Public Library)


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There are friends we can't imagine living without. Morgan and Jimmy were kids together, whirling around the porch on hot summer days. They've been friends forever, and by now they know each other inside out. They do everything together--from cutting high school to go into the city to coaching each other at dance auditions and acting workshops. They even argue well. A perfec There are friends we can't imagine living without. Morgan and Jimmy were kids together, whirling around the porch on hot summer days. They've been friends forever, and by now they know each other inside out. They do everything together--from cutting high school to go into the city to coaching each other at dance auditions and acting workshops. They even argue well. A perfect friendship. Best friends. For life. So how could life be so right and then be so wrong? After a terrible accident, Morgan suddenly has to face life alone. Without Jimmy around, though, it's like the best part of her has died. How could he do this to her? And why is love so hard? 1989 Recommended Books for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (ALA) 1988 Young Adult Editors' Choices (BL) Young Adult Choices for 1990 (IRA) Children's Books of 1988 (Library of Congress) 1988 Books for the Teen Age (NY Public Library)

30 review for Say Goodnight, Gracie

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    I read this book when I was in the 5th grade, and even after 14 years I still remember this as one of my favorite books. I only read it the one time, so I don't remember all the details of the book. I cannot tell you how well it was written, but I remember being so connected to the story that it had me in tears. One of those books that make you sad when its over. I have books like this, that I read as a child, to thank for my love of getting lost in the story of a book. I read this book when I was in the 5th grade, and even after 14 years I still remember this as one of my favorite books. I only read it the one time, so I don't remember all the details of the book. I cannot tell you how well it was written, but I remember being so connected to the story that it had me in tears. One of those books that make you sad when its over. I have books like this, that I read as a child, to thank for my love of getting lost in the story of a book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Katie Scarlett

    I read this book over and over and over when I was in 9th grade!! I loved it so much I named my daughter after the main character, Morgan!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Wardrip

    Reviewed by Steph for TeensReadToo.com Jimmy and Morgan have been friends all of their lives. After seventeen years of friendship, the two know everything about each other. There is no one in the world that knows as much about Morgan as Jimmy does. He knows how to calm her, how to make her brave, and how to make her laugh. But after Jimmy is killed in a car crash, Morgan has a big void in her life -- one that used to be occupied by Jimmy's friendship. The road to recovery is hard for Morgan. She Reviewed by Steph for TeensReadToo.com Jimmy and Morgan have been friends all of their lives. After seventeen years of friendship, the two know everything about each other. There is no one in the world that knows as much about Morgan as Jimmy does. He knows how to calm her, how to make her brave, and how to make her laugh. But after Jimmy is killed in a car crash, Morgan has a big void in her life -- one that used to be occupied by Jimmy's friendship. The road to recovery is hard for Morgan. She doesn't know how she can live without Jimmy, this constant she's had her whole life. With the help of her parents, her aunt, Jimmy's parents, and a school friend, Morgan finally comes to cope with Jimmy's death. Julie Reece Deaver writes a very touching story about losing a best friend. While hopefully readers never have to relate to this event, nevertheless, it is very touching and helps readers understand the importance of friendship and love. SAY GOODNIGHT, GRACIE is a story to stay with readers for a lifetime.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    A quick, easy read, but one of my all- time favorites. Within the first few pages, the author tells you that Jimmy is going to die an untimely death. Yet, I have read this book over and over, hoping that the outcome will change! It is a heart-wrenching story of best friendships and tragic loss and how both things truly change a person. I am no literary critic, so the writing might be terrible, but all I know is that you fall in love with the characters and feel for them every page of the way. I A quick, easy read, but one of my all- time favorites. Within the first few pages, the author tells you that Jimmy is going to die an untimely death. Yet, I have read this book over and over, hoping that the outcome will change! It is a heart-wrenching story of best friendships and tragic loss and how both things truly change a person. I am no literary critic, so the writing might be terrible, but all I know is that you fall in love with the characters and feel for them every page of the way. I end up crying my eyes out every time I re-read this book, and it's probably never at the same part twice.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    My favorite book of all time! I have read this book probably seven or eight times and I have loved it again and again. It is a story about a friendship that was supposed to last a lifetime until a car crash takes Jimmy away. The rest of the story features how Morgan tries to go on with life and cope with the death of her best friend. If you have a heart, this book will make you cry. I think that the main reason why I loved this book so much was the fact that I felt it had certain parallels to my My favorite book of all time! I have read this book probably seven or eight times and I have loved it again and again. It is a story about a friendship that was supposed to last a lifetime until a car crash takes Jimmy away. The rest of the story features how Morgan tries to go on with life and cope with the death of her best friend. If you have a heart, this book will make you cry. I think that the main reason why I loved this book so much was the fact that I felt it had certain parallels to my friendship with my best friend from a very young age. His nickname was even Jimmy. It certainly made me think of the unthinkable and made me cry even harder when Jimmy passed away.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bel

    It's been years since I read this book, and it's still one of my favorites. It's the one book that's made me cry every time I read it, and while the details of the story haven't stuck with me, the emotions that it brought up have. This is a book that makes you appreciate the people in your life, miss the ones you've lost, and make you wish you had a friend that has been there for you for your entire life. It's a little different even from just having a best friend who loves you despite and knows It's been years since I read this book, and it's still one of my favorites. It's the one book that's made me cry every time I read it, and while the details of the story haven't stuck with me, the emotions that it brought up have. This is a book that makes you appreciate the people in your life, miss the ones you've lost, and make you wish you had a friend that has been there for you for your entire life. It's a little different even from just having a best friend who loves you despite and knows you best. Morgan and Jimmy's relationship started at birth and will last until she dies.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Dallis

    I read this book for the first time in the 8th grade. I went to the library and checked it out every year for about 10 years. I cried like a baby every time I read it. Now I own "Say Goodnight Gracie" and I still read it from time to time. Maybe for nostalgic reasons...but it's been one of my favorites for years. I read this book for the first time in the 8th grade. I went to the library and checked it out every year for about 10 years. I cried like a baby every time I read it. Now I own "Say Goodnight Gracie" and I still read it from time to time. Maybe for nostalgic reasons...but it's been one of my favorites for years.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    This is one of the best books ever. Everyone I know who has read the book after I recommended it liked it. Why is there no electronic version of this book??

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Mason

    I read this book when I was in Middle School. I'm not going to lie. I cried towards the end when that very sad event happened. (This is me trying to not include spoilers.) I've read a lot of books in my lifetime, and it really speaks volumes when I am able to remember one of them. (I don't have the best memory.) For some reason, I have never forgotten Say Goodnight, Gracie. This story has stuck with me like few stories have. I deeply recommend that you enjoy this novel as well. I read this book when I was in Middle School. I'm not going to lie. I cried towards the end when that very sad event happened. (This is me trying to not include spoilers.) I've read a lot of books in my lifetime, and it really speaks volumes when I am able to remember one of them. (I don't have the best memory.) For some reason, I have never forgotten Say Goodnight, Gracie. This story has stuck with me like few stories have. I deeply recommend that you enjoy this novel as well.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Galluzzo

    Warning: this book is really sad.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lolly

    This book had me crying so hard in middle school. Another one of my sister's that I stole from her shelf. I felt so connected to the character and kept reflecting my best guy friend in hers. Good for the age where you start taking life slightly more seriously (middle school) and helps with learning to deal with pain. This book had me crying so hard in middle school. Another one of my sister's that I stole from her shelf. I felt so connected to the character and kept reflecting my best guy friend in hers. Good for the age where you start taking life slightly more seriously (middle school) and helps with learning to deal with pain.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Wei Lun

    "Knowing what you have to lose, but risking the loss anyway. That's what it's all about", personally I think that's a amazing sentence that I found in the last page of the book. This book is a sad story but warm and peaceful book. It talks about a terrible accident brought a girl's life best friend away, and she suddenly has to face her life all alone. "Knowing what you have to lose, but risking the loss anyway. That's what it's all about", personally I think that's a amazing sentence that I found in the last page of the book. This book is a sad story but warm and peaceful book. It talks about a terrible accident brought a girl's life best friend away, and she suddenly has to face her life all alone.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    While I really enjoyed this book, I feel I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it before reading Looking for Alaska by John Green, which deals with many of the same themes in what I feel is a more sophisticated and true-to-life way. That said, in terms of reading level and subject matter, I think Say Goodnight, Gracie would be great for a younger teen audience, say 12-14.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rha

    Though I haven't read this book in ages, I remember feeling attached to this book for years. It was my favorite book for the longest time growing up, and always be at the top of my list. This story brings you into the shear pain of losing the one person who truly understood you and loved you for you. I recommend this book to all. Though I haven't read this book in ages, I remember feeling attached to this book for years. It was my favorite book for the longest time growing up, and always be at the top of my list. This story brings you into the shear pain of losing the one person who truly understood you and loved you for you. I recommend this book to all.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    This is a sweet book, about love and grief. I fell in love with Jimmy, even though I knew his end was near, but not so much with Morgan, although I'm not sure why. I wish grief was as easy and simple as this book leads you to believe but it's not. At least, it isn't for me. This is a sweet book, about love and grief. I fell in love with Jimmy, even though I knew his end was near, but not so much with Morgan, although I'm not sure why. I wish grief was as easy and simple as this book leads you to believe but it's not. At least, it isn't for me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey (Bring My Books)

    Finishing a book like this on your lunch break when you've still got 3 hours to go is a terrible idea. Just in case anyone was wondering. Finishing a book like this on your lunch break when you've still got 3 hours to go is a terrible idea. Just in case anyone was wondering.

  17. 5 out of 5

    elissa

    One of the best "weepies" ever (IMHO)! I don't remember a whole lot of the story, but I do remember having to keep from sobbing loudly on the subway in NYC. One of the best "weepies" ever (IMHO)! I don't remember a whole lot of the story, but I do remember having to keep from sobbing loudly on the subway in NYC.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    Really awesome book, liked how it tells of this girls life and problems

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Halverson

    AMAZING! No more to say.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    I read this when I was in 7th grade. Besides the Harry Potter books this is the only book I remember reading back in middle school. It was an amazing book that had me in tears.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shermika

    I read this book when I was in middle school. It is such a great story that I still remember to this day.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kearsten Dallas

    i read this book in the 6th grade. I've always been a fan of reading but this is the first book that has ever made me cry. I could read this book everyday all day if I had to. it is an amazing book. i read this book in the 6th grade. I've always been a fan of reading but this is the first book that has ever made me cry. I could read this book everyday all day if I had to. it is an amazing book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Holly Clark

    This was my favorite book as a child...early teens. I reread it as an adult and wasn't so impressed but I gave it 5 stars for nostalgia. This was my favorite book as a child...early teens. I reread it as an adult and wasn't so impressed but I gave it 5 stars for nostalgia.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Toni Williams

    This book was heartfelt, gutwrenching, wonderful

  25. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    One of my long time favorite books!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Millington

    Cried from Jimmys death until the end

  27. 5 out of 5

    Makayla Pope

    Personal Response I thought that Say Goodnight, Gracie was a very good book. My mom really wanted me to read it because it is her all time favorite book, and I really enjoyed it. It was super sad, but I didn't even cry. I cry about everything, so I am super proud of myself. I think that this book was also very funny, and I even laughed out loud a couple of times. Say Goodnight, Gracie was a very good book, and I will definitely read it again sometime. Plot Summary Say Goodnight, Gracie is all about Personal Response I thought that Say Goodnight, Gracie was a very good book. My mom really wanted me to read it because it is her all time favorite book, and I really enjoyed it. It was super sad, but I didn't even cry. I cry about everything, so I am super proud of myself. I think that this book was also very funny, and I even laughed out loud a couple of times. Say Goodnight, Gracie was a very good book, and I will definitely read it again sometime. Plot Summary Say Goodnight, Gracie is all about a girl named Morgan dealing with the death of her best friend, Jimmy. Jimmy and Morgan were best friends ever since they were born. They did everything together. Then one night after Christmas, Jimmy was killed in a car crash by a drunk driver. Morgan goes through a lot of different emotions after her loss. In the beginning, she does not know what to feel. Then, she becomes sad and has a really hard time. At the end, Morgan finally learns how to accept it and how to become herself again. Say Goodnight, Gracie is all about Morgan learning how to deal with her emotions and how she can become herself again after losing her best friend in a car crash. Recommendation I would recommend Say Goodnight, Gracie to older kids. I would recommend it to them because this book is pretty much all about death, so it might be a little bit too dark for little kids. I think that girls or boys would enjoy this book because there is not really a lot of love in it. Overall, I think that most people over the age of 15 would enjoy this book. Characterization Morgan developed a lot throughout this book. Right after Jimmy's death, she really did not know what to feel. She skipped his funeral and she went back to school almost right away. After Morgan is in school for a while, she starts doing really bad. She starts getting F's on all of her assignments. Then she stays home from school for three weeks. During those three weeks, she is not able to sleep at all. She goes to see her psychiatrist aunt, who gives her sleeping pills. After that, Morgan starts feeling sad about losing her best friend and she finally cries about it. Then at the end of the book, Morgan finally accepts it. She becomes her old self again, except this time without her best friend.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Re-read this book for the first time since high school (or maybe it was middle school?). Changed my rating to 5 stars. Beautiful book. Originally posted on hello, chelly. *** The good: I was probably 12 or 13 the first time I read this book. It was one of the more mature young adult books I had ever read back then and I remember it having this profound effect on me. Then I forgot about it.. until recently. I don't even know why but I kept thinking about this book all of a sudden so I decided to r Re-read this book for the first time since high school (or maybe it was middle school?). Changed my rating to 5 stars. Beautiful book. Originally posted on hello, chelly. *** The good: I was probably 12 or 13 the first time I read this book. It was one of the more mature young adult books I had ever read back then and I remember it having this profound effect on me. Then I forgot about it.. until recently. I don't even know why but I kept thinking about this book all of a sudden so I decided to re-read it. And wow, within a few pages I was laughing and smiling and seeing these two best friends - Morgan and Jimmy - SO clearly in my mind. I could picture their affection and the comfortable-ness that comes with years and years of friendship. Then I kept waiting for the inevitable tragedy to strike and it is just so heartbreaking. It's hard not to give anything away but the beauty of this book is in its simplicity and the way it just pulls you in like you're feeling everything with these characters. (No) reservations: No critiques here. Do I recommend?: I do! It was nice to go back and read a book that meant something to me when I was younger and be reminded why I felt the way I did. So, if you want a book that will make you laugh and cry, I would recommend picking this up. PS. The book is pretty old and not available via Nook/Kindle.. so if you want to read it, you'll have to buy it the old-fashioned way :)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jlivney

    Say Goodnight Gracie by Julie Reece Deaver is a heartwarming story about the importance of friendship and teaches you to stay strong even if the impossible happens. This story which is told from the perspective of Morgan has many twists and turns and you won't want to put the book down. Morgan and Jimmy are best friends, and do absolutely everything together. They are always there for each other, and even though there are some bumps on the road they help each other get through hard times. They a Say Goodnight Gracie by Julie Reece Deaver is a heartwarming story about the importance of friendship and teaches you to stay strong even if the impossible happens. This story which is told from the perspective of Morgan has many twists and turns and you won't want to put the book down. Morgan and Jimmy are best friends, and do absolutely everything together. They are always there for each other, and even though there are some bumps on the road they help each other get through hard times. They are inseparable. Then, tragic strikes. Now Morgan will have to learn how to live on her own, but how is Morgan going to go through life when she has no one to push her and encourage her? With the support of Morgan's family she manages to keep moving forward, but how much more can she take before she falls apart? In the story Morgan says, “There are friends, I think we can't imagine living without. People who are sisters to us, or brothers. Jimmy was one of those". This quote shows how close Jimmy was and how hard it is to keep moving forward. Courage and perseverance is what keeps Morgan going. We all have that one person that we can't imagine life without, but we have to remember to keep our heads held high and be brave just like Morgan did. Pasting this statement, I am indicating that I read the book, and the information on this page is accurate.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Riley

    This book was really fascinating to read. It talks about the way a typical young person would react to a close friend's death. Although the main character, Morgan, is seventeen years old, there are many times when she seems like she is eleven. This comes from the way the author writes, as well as the way the character acted and responded to her friend Jimmy dying. I think the author wrote this book to teach young kids that it is okay and normal to be upset when someone you love, passes away. Th This book was really fascinating to read. It talks about the way a typical young person would react to a close friend's death. Although the main character, Morgan, is seventeen years old, there are many times when she seems like she is eleven. This comes from the way the author writes, as well as the way the character acted and responded to her friend Jimmy dying. I think the author wrote this book to teach young kids that it is okay and normal to be upset when someone you love, passes away. The genre of the story would be realistic fiction because everything that happened in the story would be possible to happen in real life. The setting of the story is at various places in Chicago, Illinois. It made me think about how I would feel if something similar happen to me-I would be devastated! I really loved this book! It was great!

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