Shy and a little strange, 14-year-old June Elbus feels like she can only be herself around her uncle and best friend, Finn Weiss. When Finn is diagnosed with AIDS and dies, June is left feeling alone. But then she meets a strange man who claims to know her uncle. As a secret about her uncle’s life begins to unfold, June realizes she is not the only one who misses Finn and that she may not be as alone as she thinks.
Any time I went to the book section in Target and saw this book, I would pick it up, read the synopsis, and think: This sounds pretty interesting. But then I would put it back on the shelf. I finally decided to buy a copy when someone on Twitter said that it was a great book. And it was on sale on Amazon. So, done deal.
Saying that Tell the Wolves I’m Home is a great book is an understatement, in my opinion. This book had me going through a gamut of emotions: I laughed, I cried, I got angry. Carol Rifka Brunt did her research on how people with HIV/AIDS were treated in the 1980s and that resonated in the book. I felt a connection with June because I was considered the odd kid growing up, so I was able to empathize with how she was feeling. Tell the Wolves I’m Home is a captivating coming of age story that I would recommend to anyone looking for an amazing book to read.